One of the leading causes of the opioid crisis currently gripping the U.S. is an addiction to prescription drugs. Painkillers, stimulants, even drugs to treat anxiety like Valium are all commonly abused prescription medications that can lead a person to spiral into addiction.

While this is a widespread problem, there’s an equally wide variety of treatment options available, once the addicted is willing to go to treatment. Some of the various components to consider are counseling options, detox treatments, and any applicable medications.

People struggling with an addiction to a prescription often battle with feelings of shame  The abuse of prescription drugs is one of the most poorly recognized chemical dependencies, and affects one of the widest ranges of people. Many times, the person was prescribed a drug for a serious injury or chronic pain, and found that they needed to continuously increase their doseage, often to the point where their medical professional decided it was necessary to cut them off for a time, or reduce the dose and try alternative pain management.  Individuals who battle addiction to a prescription drug often work to keep it hidden for long periods of time before they spiral out of control. A majority of the people who find themselves addicted to prescription drugs become addicted to an illegal substance, normally turning to something like heroin when they’re unable to get more of their prescribed medication.

Addiction to any prescription drug can have serious consequences for your health, especially if left untreated. After getting hooked on most substances, it can be dangerous for people to attempt to detox themselves at home, or without a doctor’s direction and supervision. Withdrawal is a serious medical condition that can lead to major complications if the levels of a substance are especially high.  Always seek the advice of a medical professional or addiction specialist when you or a loved one are ready to seek treatment for your addiction.

There’s no easy way to start the conversation with a loved one about prescription drug addiction. When confronted about their drug use, many people greet their families’ concern with anger or aggression. This often prevents a productive, serious conversation from taking place, and increases tensions in families. Keep your temper and emotions in check, and remember that your loved one is likely reacting from guilt or shame.

Prescription drug addiction doesn’t have to be the tip of the potential addiction iceberg. If you’re concerned about a loved one, be honest with them, and offer support, not judgement. It can be a long term struggle to overcome this type of addiction, and it requires patience and a willingness to get help.

At The Springboard Center, we know that you and your family need a treatment provider you can trust. Incorporating the best of practices we have created a meaningful program to restore health and dignity with quality care and counseling. Call us today for information on how we are serving the Permian Basin: (432) 620-0255