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How to Stop Abusing Prescription Drugs

How to stop abusing prescription drugsAccording to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the following are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused:

  • Opioids such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine
  • Central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines
  • Stimulants such as dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

The following are prescription drug abuse statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

  • In 2009, 16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed
  • The 2010 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 2.7% of 8th graders, 7.7% of 10th graders and 8.0% of 12th graders had abused Vicodin
  • The 2010 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 2.1% of 8th graders, 4.6% of 10th graders and 5.1% of 12th graders had abused OxyContin
  • 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons

How to Stop Abusing Prescription Drugs

The type of prescription drug that you are abusing may require different strategies for discontinuing use. The urgency with which you respond to your abuse is also influenced by the type of prescription drug you are abusing. Some strategies for stopping prescription drug abuse include working with your physician to wean off the medication or participating in a detox program in which you receive the help you need to get through the initial withdrawal period.

Additional Benefits of Prescription Drug Detoxification

The focus of detox is to help a person rid his or her body of the toxins associated with the prescription drug. Other benefits to participating in detox include the following:

  • Constant care provided by trained and skilled professionals
  • Addressing other psychological and emotional needs during the detox process
  • Preparation for entering a drug treatment program

Detox is not a cure for addiction, as the goal is to get the user off drugs and to prepare for the transition into long-term treatment.

Get Help for Prescription Drug Addiction

Finding the right detox program to meet your needs or the needs of someone you love can be an overwhelming experience. You need help determining the most appropriate prescription drug addiction treatment for you. While recovery is difficult, it is possible. Please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about prescription drug addiction and detox programs. We are here to help.

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