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Medically Assisted Prescription Drug Detox

At Guardian Recovery Network we understand how difficult prescription drug withdrawal can be. Many times withdrawal symptoms are so serve that those struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs return to using within 24 hours. The key to overcoming this obstacle is a medically supervised detox where withdrawal symptoms can be identified and treated immediately. At Guardian Recovery Network we perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each clients needs and recovery goals. Guardian Recovery Network provides 24 hour medical supervision and comfort care for our detox clients. Our medical and client support team’s goal is to make sure all clients have a safe and comfortable detox so they can begin the next phase in their recovery journey.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse and addiction have long-since been major public health threats throughout the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who studies prescription abuse, between the years 2015 and 2016 a reported 45.8 percent of the total population used at least one prescription medication within a 30 day period. Twenty-seven percent of adolescents, 46.7 percent of men and women between the ages of 20 and 59, and roughly 80 percent of American adults over the age of 60 reported using a prescription drug. Because prescription drugs are so widely prescribed, they are also very widely abused.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that despite the fact that the majority of Americans take prescription drugs responsibly and as prescribed, prescription opioids, central nervous system depressants and prescription stimulants are widely abused by members of all demographics. NIDA reported that in 2017 an estimated 18 million people over the age of 12 abused a prescription medication of some variety. The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that “an estimated 2 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time within the past year, which averages to approximately 5,480 initiates per day. Additionally, more than one million misused prescription stimulants, 1.5 million misused tranquilizers, and 271,000 misused sedatives for the first time.” Clearly, prescription drug abuse has become a major issue throughout the country. If you or someone you love has been struggling with a prescription drug addiction of any type or severity, Guardian Recovery Network is available to help.

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

There are many types of commonly abused prescription medications. All of these medications can be habit-forming and ultimately result in a range of serious consequences. We have broken down the most commonly abused prescription drugs more in-depth below. Contact us today for any additional information.

  • Prescription opioids – Commonly abused prescription opioids include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine. Some painkillers are naturally derived while others are partially or fully synthetic (fentanyl is a fully synthetic opioid). These medications are generally used to treat moderate or severe pain in a hospital setting, or prescribed to treat acute pain for a short period of time.
  • Prescription stimulants  – The most commonly abused prescription stimulants include Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine and Biphetamine, which when abused can be taken orally, intravenously, smoked or snorted. Many of these prescriptions are used to treat concentration-related disorders like attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), or assist in weight loss.
  • Central nervous system depressants – Commonly abused CNS depressants include benzodiazepines, barbiturates and sleep medications, listed below.
  • Benzodiazepines – Some commonly abused benzodiazepines (benzos) include Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin. Those who are abusing these drugs usually take them orally. Benzos are used to treat anxiety disorders, seizures, or symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
  • Barbiturates – This classification of depressants include Nembunal, Seconal, and Amytal, and the drugs can be taken orally or intravenously. Barbiturates are used to treat migraines, insomnia, and seizures.
  • Sleep medications – Commonly abused sleep medications include Lunesta, Ambien and Sonata. These medications are taken orally and are generally used to treat sleep-related disorders like insomnia or night terrors.
  • Muscle relaxers – Commonly abused muscle relaxers include Flexeril, Soma, Dantrium and Zanaflex. These medications are generally taken orally and are prescribed for muscle tension and muscle spasms.

Prescription Drug Addiction
Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms associated with prescription drug addiction vary depending on the type of medication that is being abused, but generally include:

  • Using prescription drugs in greater amounts than anticipated and for a longer period of time than intended
  • Continuing to use prescription drugs despite an acumulation of related consequences
  • A lack of motivation to participate in activities that were previously esteemed
  • Poor performance at work or at school
  • Legal and financial issues directly linked to prescription drug misuse
  • Spending more time isolated from friends and family members
  • Engaging in drug-seeking behaviors, like stealing or buying prescription drugs, or attempting to get more than one prescription at a time (also known as “doctor shopping”)
  • Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of prescription drugs
  • Developing a physical tolerance, meaning a higher dose is required in order for the same effects to be produced
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms – both physical and psychological – when use is suddenly stopped

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Prescription Drug Withdrawal

As is the case with prescription drug addiction, the symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal vary depending on what medication was being abused.

Common symptoms associated with prescription drug withdrawal:

  • Prescription opioids – Flu-like symptoms including runny nose, watery eyes, low-grade fever and night sweats, excessive yawning, severe stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, agitation, irritability, anxiety and insomnia.
  • Central nervous system depressants – Abnormal body sensations, aches and pains, nausea, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, profuse sweating, chills and tremors, muscle spasms, delirium, detachment from reality, grand mal seizures.
  • Prescription stimulants – Increased appetite, changes to sleeping patterns, mood swings, fatigue, unpleasant dreams, dehydration, chills and body tremors, anxiety, dulled senses and a loss of interest in activities or social interactions.

Is Prescription Drug Detox Necessary?

Regardless of what type of medication is being abused, medically monitored prescription drug detox is most often a necessary first step on every long-term journey of recovery.The symptoms associated with prescription drug withdrawal can be unpredictable and 24-hour medical supervision is required to prevent health-related complications. At Guardian Recovery Network we put a strong emphasis on highly individualized care, and we treat each client on a case-by-case basis. We understand that the treatment options that work for one client might not be as effective for another — even if they were abusing the same drug. In addition to completing an in-depth clinical and medical assessment upon admission, each client is closely monitored by the treatment team over the duration of their stay to ensure that no new withdrawal symptoms are developing.

Treatment Options for Prescription Drug Detox

Treatment options vary on a person-to-person basis and depend heavily on what type of medication was being abused and for how long. For example, men and women who were struggling with benzodiazepine or barbiturate abuse are at risk of more severe physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal, and generally benefit from a combination of tapering (slowly weaning the client off of the medication) and over-the-counter pain relievers. People who have been abusing prescription opioids generally benefit from medications like buprenorphine and naltrexone, and people who were abusing prescription stimulants often benefit from a combination of over-the-counter pain relievers and low-dose antipsychotic medications, depending on whether or not they are experiencing psychological withdrawal symptoms. At Guardian Recovery Network we combine tapering, medication assisted treatment (MAT), intensive therapy and holistic treatment methods (such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and acupuncture), consistently working to meet the unique needs of each individual client.

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    At Guardian Recovery Network we believe that effective clinical care should be readily available to men and women across the country who have been suffering at the hands of substance abuse and dependence. In order to make our prescription drug detox program as accessible as possible, we work closely with most major regional providers as well as most major national providers. If you or your loved one is currently insured and you would like to learn how many of our addiction services are covered partially or in full, contact us today for a free, no obligation insurance benefit check. If you or your loved one is uninsured or underinsured, we offer additional coverage options, including self-pay and private pay.

    Once coverage is determined we begin developing a plan for intake. We set a date and a time for intake and help arrange reliable transportation to our detox center whenever necessary. At Guardian Recovery Network, our main priority is ensuring that you or your loved one is admitted to medical detox as efficiently as possible -– prescription drug addiction can rapidly lead to a number of serious personal consequences, and seeking professional treatment sooner rather than later is extremely important. To learn more about Guardian Recovery Network or to begin the admissions process, contact us today.