Prescription Drug Rehab in Washington State
Second only to marijuana, prescription medication is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. More and more teens and young adults are using prescription medications for recreational purposes, a disconcerting trend for parents and health professionals alike. Opioids such as Vicodin, Lortab, and Percocet are among the most commonly abused medications, with sedatives such as Xanax and Ambien coming in a close second. Even ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall are commonly abused substances. Free by the Sea, located in the beautiful State of Washington, provides rehabilitation services to people of all ages who are struggling with prescription drug addiction.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Seattle), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.
Prescription medications serve valuable and often life-saving roles in healthcare. When used as directed, the medications relieve pain and treat a number of conditions to provide overall health and well-being. However, when misused, prescription medications can be extremely dangerous. Large doses can cause serious physical damage and even death in extreme situations.
Prescription drug abuse is defined as taking physician-prescribed medications in a manner for which the medication was not intended. Some individuals take them for recreational or non-medical purposes while others take medications prescribed for someone else. If you have witnessed these behaviors in yourself or in a loved one, you should seek or encourage help as soon as possible. Free by the Sea is experienced in helping individuals who suffer from prescription drug addiction, and our caring staff helps them regain control and lead happy, successful lives.
What Is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Any use of prescription medication that alters a person’s way of life, whether at home, work, or school, with family and friends, or with intimate relationships, is prescription drug abuse. Although taking more medication than prescribed or even taking someone else’s medication are good indicators of abuse, a person can be abusing prescription medications without these signs. Painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants are the most widely abused medications, and if the addiction continues, declining health and overall well-being can result.
What Are the Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse?
The following signs and symptoms may indicate prescription drug abuse:
- Poor performance at school or work over time
- Neglecting schoolwork, job duties, or responsibilities to the household
- Loss of interest in responsibilities or hobbies
- Isolation from friends and family
- Sudden unexplained health issues
- Risky behaviors, which include but are not limited to driving while intoxicated or promiscuity
- Declining health of relationships with friends, family, and significant others
- Legal trouble for drug-related crimes
- Denial of drug use or lying about drug use
- Continued drug use even when faced with severe negative consequences
What Is Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment?
Prescription drug abuse treatment is a structured program designed to help individuals decrease and eliminate their dependency on prescription medications. The program usually involves counseling either on or off-site. Individuals who participate in drug abuse treatment receive stress management, diet management, life skills, coping techniques, and relapse prevention treatment custom-designed for their unique needs. With these combined efforts, clients are more likely to benefit from outpatient treatments.
What Is Prescription Drug Dependency (Prescription Drug Addiction)?
Prescription drug dependency is a physical and/or mental dependency on a medication. While abusing drugs can lead to dependency, some people become dependent while using medications as prescribed, thus demonstrating the powerful effects of the drugs over a person’s physical and emotional well-being.
The four major symptoms of prescription drug dependency are as follows:
- Physical dependency – A person is unable to function normally without the drug, indicating chemical alterations have occurred in the brain. When the individual does not have access to the drugs, uncomfortable and often painful withdrawal symptoms occur.
- Tolerance – Individuals become used to the effects of the medication, so they need more to achieve the same effects.
- Loss of self-control – Individuals often find it hard to stop taking a medication because they enjoy the effects.
- Cravings – The drug is so desirable the individual becomes preoccupied and has an overwhelming urge to take it.
Many have a false belief that when people take medications prescribed to them by doctors, they are doing so safely, and there is no need for concern regarding addiction and dependency. The unfortunate truth is that addiction to prescription medications is possible even when the drugs are used exactly as directed. Drugs like painkillers and sedatives tend to be the most addictive, and professional treatment is often necessary to break the dangerous dependency cycle. Dependency and abuse can even be fatal if not treated. The good news is that prescription drug addiction is not a matter of willpower or self-control. Rather, addiction is a psychological and often physical dependence can be treated and successfully managed.
What Are the Risk Factors for Prescription Drug Addiction?
Although addiction does not single out any one individual or group based on race, social status, age, gender, or religion, some risk factors predispose certain people to prescription drug addiction.
- A previous history of addiction
- A history of abuse, whether emotional, physical or sexual in nature
- Feelings of indifference or a positive attitude toward drugs and alcohol
- Dysfunctional family life, particularly during childhood
- Family members, particularly parents, who are dependent on drugs or alcohol
- Peer pressure
- Certain mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, or psychosis
- Difficult relationships with friends and family
Dozens of factors contribute to prescription drug addiction, and even people who have no risk factors at all may become addicted. If you notice any of these signs in yourself, or in someone you care about, please take the first step and consider treatment at Free by the Sea.
How to Rehab from Prescription Drug Abuse
A doctor should monitor recovery at all times to control withdrawal symptoms and monitor the individual’s risk for relapse. Individuals experience withdrawal in different severities depending on the drug that was used, the amount that was taken, and the length of time the drug was used. Rehab can take some time – often up to several weeks – but issues such as the person’s health and unique response to withdrawal and recovery determine this timeframe.
Free by the Sea is a beautiful campus, located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our community of dedicated professionals are committed to provide care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our approach. We adhere to evidence-based practices which are focused on successful outcomes for long term recovery. Services provided include:
- 77 treatment beds.
- Professional staff including psychiatrists, addictionologist and psychologist.
- Medical team includes Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and Physician’s Assistant
- Masters level addiction counselors.
- High quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
- DBT, CBT, EMDR and trauma informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships.
- Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
- Twelve step meetings include celebrate recovery, wellbriety, dual disorder and AA/NA/GA
- We offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
- Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
- Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
- Nutritionally designed meals to restore health
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Drug addiction not only affects the people who use the drugs, but also their loved ones. Contact us today at Free by the Sea at 907-331-0724 to stop the dangerous cycle of prescription drug addiction. Recovery treatment is crucial for good health and overall well-being.
Contact Free by the Sea
Free by the Sea, a premier rehabilitation facility located in the beautiful State of Washington, offers treatment option for prescription drug addiction. We customize our treatment to the individual’s needs and offer several unique methods for recovery. We address not only the cause of the addiction, but also determine the best way to help the individual avoid relapse. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you or your loved one.