Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Addiction | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.com

One of the biggest problems faced in American health care is the growing trend of prescription drug addiction. These narcotics addictions are not the kinds that leap to mind when you think of a classic “drug addict”—as today there are people with active lifestyles who have become dependent upon an opiate painkiller through no fault of their own.  In fact, people are becoming addicted to painkillers by following their doctors’ orders!  Frequently due to the fact that narcotic pain management is considered the viable and available treatment option, one that is considered cost effective and championed to physicians by aggressive pharmaceutical company marketing, and sadly but often a result of simple laziness, physicians are handing out open-ended prescriptions for painkillers in ever increasing amounts and dosages, leading  to a shocking trend of addiction in epidemic proportion.

The good news is that there are treatment options being pioneered to fight this alarming trend. It used to be that aside from going “cold turkey” a synthetic opioid called methadone became one of the only ways to wean oneself off prescription drugs and heroin. The problem is methadone creates a dependency on methadone when improperly administered, which it often is, by methadone clinics that have become a billion dollar industry.  And while methadone is a better alternative than painkiller or heroin use, it is still an addiction that takes a shocking physical toll. Today there is detox and treatment that can end drug dependency without creating a new one.  One such program is offered at the Lakehouse Recovery Center in Westlake Village, California.  The Lakehouse substance abuse treatment program utilizes holistic modalities that, by treating the mind, body and spirit, create the support systems needed to combat drug addiction and promote long-term recovery.

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drug Addictions | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.com

When a doctor gives a patient a course of treatment, he should have a plan by which the treatment will end and the patient will be better. For chronic conditions, this is trickier–there is never an end to treatment, but it must be carefully planned in order to have a minimal impact to the patient’s quality of life. Unfortunately, many doctors today are disregarding these principles and prescribing strong painkillers to patients who could be better treated in other manners. These people have become dependent upon their prescriptions, and have decided to seek other treatment. There are doctors out there who will treat chronic pain with methods other than strong narcotics.  Such patients should connect you to a physician or program who will treat these ailments without just resorting to a bottle of painkillers. Free of drugs and being treated by a caring and knowledgeable physician results in a vast improvement in the long-term quality of life of these patients

Codeine

Codeine is a member of the drug class opiates. Opiates include all naturally occurring drugs with morphine-like effects such as codeine and all semi and fully synthetic drugs with morphine-like effects such as heroin and meperidine (Demerol).

Demerol

Demerol is a narcotic analgesic (opiate pain medication) prescribed for short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain

Dilaudid

Dilaudid preparations are similar to those containing morphine, but are stronger and have fewer side effects

Darvocet

Given darvocet’s similarities to methadone, it’s not surprising that the drug is as addictive as it is as it’s a part of the class of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. In fact, the medical journal Clinical Pharmacology even argued that darvocet’s “most prominent effect…may be its addictive quality.”

Morphine

Morphine, a narcotic, acts directly on the central nervous system. Besides relieving pain, it impairs mental and physical performance, relieves fear and anxiety, and produces euphoria.

Ativan

Ativan is the brand name for Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety agent. Ativan is a benzodiazepine and mild tranquilizer, sedative, and central nervous system (CNS) depressant. The sudden cessation of any benzo’s without medical supervision may lead to seizure.  Benzodiazepines like Ativan, Klonipin, Valium and Xanax are addictive if taken regularly over a long period of time and should not be stopped without medical supervision.  Medical detoxification may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.