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Prescription Drug Abuse and Mental Health Issues

Prescription drug abuse and mental health issuesPrescription drug abuse is tragically common among those struggling with mental health issues. From chronic and obvious issues like schizophrenia or social anxiety disorder, to secretive conditions like anorexia or bulimia, there are more people facing psychiatric or psychological disorders than most of the public would believe. Many people struggling with addiction suffer from at least one psychological disorder, and most of those wrestling with psychological disorders also face some kind of dependency issue. In order to find lasting recovery from addiction and true psychological healing these people need focused experienced and compassionate help.

Mental Health and Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed drugs for people struggling with psychological disorders. These psychoactive drugs enhance the “feel-good” properties of certain naturally occurring chemicals in the brain. There are dozens of varieties of benzodiazepines for everything from anxiety disorders to depression and mania. Though they are certainly effective in many cases, they are only intended for short-term use as they are highly addictive. As the user’s tolerance to the drug builds, he or she will need higher and higher doses to feel normal.

Mental Health and Opiate Addiction

It is also common for people with psychological disorders to self-medicate with narcotic pain relievers like oxycodone or Vicodin. These opiates block emotional pain and anxiety along with physical pain. They produce a powerful high in the user, not unlike the effect of their more notorious cousin heroin. This euphoria can be extremely addictive psychologically.

Addiction and Psychological Recovery

It is not recommended for people addicted to benzodiazepines or opiates – especially those with other underlying psychological disorders – to quit cold turkey. Withdrawal can be especially intense and even life-threatening. The most effective treatment centers offer medically supervised detox along with comprehensive and holistic rehab of the psychological aspects of addiction. The real power of these programs, however, is in their ability to diagnose and treat multiple conditions simultaneously. This Dual Diagnosis Treatment takes all the necessary time and energy to identify any and all co-occurring disorders that contributed to the addiction and may be undermining recovery. Not all treatment facilities have this level of expertise and commitment to the full recovery of body, mind and spirit.

If you are struggling with psychological or psychiatric disorders and prescription addiction we can help. Even if you have not been diagnosed with a particular disease, we can help. Prescription drug addiction will ravage your body and mind. These drugs all create a tolerance in you that means you will need more and more of the drug to just feel normal. Eventually the “feel-good” properties are completely lost and you are left with a miserable addiction. Life is too short to waste on drug addiction or mental disorders.

Help Finding Mental Health and Addiction Rehabilitation

Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Our toll-free helpline is operated 24 hours a day and our specially trained addiction counselors are ready to answer your questions and even help you find the best treatment for your unique condition. Pick up the phone, and call our number right now. Reclaim your health, your peace-of-mind and your love of life. Call today. We’re ready to help.

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