Prescription Drug Abuse in Arlington 817-533-2441

Prescription drug abuse in Arlington is a serious problem in the United States, where five percent of the world's population consumes 75 percent of its prescription drugs. Characterized by using prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes or using them other than as prescribed, prescription drug abuse can lead to physical dependence, which is marked by the onset of withdrawal symptoms when the drug use is discontinued.

Getting professional help for prescription drug abuse in Arlington before it leads to addiction is essential for preventing devastating health problems including addiction. For help finding a treatment facility, call Alcohol Treatment Centers Arlington at 817-533-2441.

Common Drugs of Abuse

Prescription drug abuse refers to using any type of prescription drug for nonmedical reasons, but the three most common drugs of abuse are opiates, stimulants, and sedatives.

  • Opiate painkillers alleviate pain after injury or surgery by blocking the receptors in the brain that transmit sensations of pain. Opiate painkillers include OxyContin, Fentanyl, and Vicodin.
  • Central nervous system stimulants are used to treat ADHD and, in some cases, obesity, by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain to increase energy and focus. Stimulants include Adderall, Dexedrine, and Ritalin.
  • Central nervous system sedatives treat anxiety and panic disorders by increasing the amount of GABA, the feel-good neurotransmitter, to slow down nerve transmissions and produce a sense of calmness and well-being. Sedatives include Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Medication Abuse

While each type of drug has its own signs and symptoms of abuse, general signs and symptoms include:

  • Lying about losing prescriptions so that another must be issued.
  • Stealing or forging prescriptions.
  • Getting more than one prescription for a drug from various doctors.
  • Engaging in drug-seeking behaviors.
  • Building a tolerance so more of the drug is needed to get the desired effects.
  • Abandoning activities once enjoyed.
  • Neglecting responsibilities.

Long-term health effects of prescribed drug abuse can be devastating and include:

  • Kidney, liver, and heart problems.
  • A change in the structures and functions of the brain that indicate addiction.
  • Worsening of existing mental illnesses or the onset of mental conditions that didn't previously exist.
  • Memory, learning, and processing problems.

Treating Prescription Drug Abuse in Arlington

If an addiction is already present, treatment at a drug rehab facility will begin with medical detox to break the physical addiction with the help of medications that prevent or alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, the complex, underlying psychological issues are treated with the help of a variety of traditional and alternative treatment therapies, which will include cognitive-behavioral therapy to help increase patients' self-awareness and to help them learn to replace harmful and destructive thought and behavior patterns with healthier ways of behaving and thinking.

Other therapies will include relapse prevention programming to help patients learn coping skills for triggers and stress, family therapy to restore function at home, and in some cases, moral reconation therapy, which helps increase self-esteem and reasoning levels in patients who operate at a hedonistic reasoning level.

If a mental illness is co-occurring with the abuse, it will be treated during therapy as well, and although treatment will be separate for the mental illness, it should ideally be integrated with addiction or abuse treatment. Secondary behavioral addictions like sex and gambling will also be addressed during the treatment phase.

After the successful completion of treatment, each patient is provided with an individualized aftercare plan that helps prevent relapse once the patient returns home. A typical aftercare plan will include ongoing family, group, and individual therapy as well as participation in a community recovery group. The plan will be monitored by a caseworker that will periodically evaluate it to ensure it addresses any new or changing needs the patient may have.

Substance abuse is a serious problem that requires professional treatment. Get help finding the right treatment center today by calling 817-533-2441.

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