Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment in San Francisco Bay Area
From detox to treatment, and after, we’re committed to your long-lasting success
Prescription drugs are often assigned to patients seeking medical support for things like pain or anxiety. Today, more than ever, these drugs are abused and seen on the street available just as any other narcotic would be.
Being addicted to a prescription drug is a growing problem, and certain regulations have been put in place to try and mitigate the problem—but it’s still an issue.
Non-medical use of prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety meds is illegal, addictive, and life threatening. A recent study found that 25% of pain medications prescribed are used “illicitly” to get high.
Treatment Plans For Prescription Drug Abuse
Programs Available in SF Bay Area
Here at The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center, we pride ourselves on taking an individual approach to our comprehensive treatment plans. We use a holistic approach, to treat not just the symptoms of addiction, but the underlying causes of it, and the plans themselves are tailored to each and every patient’s specific needs.
- Expertly trained medical staff, who understand not only the medical side of addiction but the more personal and emotional side of addiction
- Treatment plans that are individualized and centered around prescription drugs specifically
- Therapy and Counseling, in a group setting, and one-on-one sessions
- Mental health support and treatment
- Programs to aid in relapse prevention
- Long-term support by way of aftercare programs, so you can live life on your terms, for years to come
Prescription Opiate Abuse
Our outpatient detox programs focus on several of the most common prescription opiates, including Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Hydrocodone. Opiates and the strong euphoric sensation they produce are highly addictive. Many persons become addicted to these intense drugs after being prescribed them for pain relief.
Unfortunately, when they try to stop taking them, they experience withdrawal symptoms and fall into the cycle of addiction.
Benzodiazepines (Anti-Anxiety Drugs) Addiction
Our facilities also treat the most common prescription anti-anxiety meds such as Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Buspar, Restoril, and Ativan. These are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, and other disorders. They are generally considered safe for long-term use but in some cases end up causing dependency. The withdrawal effect from these drugs can induce depression, tremors, insomnia, fear, anxiety seizures and in some cases, death.
Beating prescription drug addiction is not easy. It takes a lot of persistence and an understanding medical team to help you get through it. If you or someone you know needs help, call us immediately xxx-xxx-xxxx
Prescription Drug Addiction & Abuse
What Are “Narcotics”?
A narcotic can be defined as a “highly addictive mood-altering substance” that relieves the region in the brain that causes pain. Some legal narcotics are sanctioned only for medical use and will be prescribed by a doctor for a short period. Other, street level narcotics, are illegal and used recreationally for no other reason than to get high.
They are broken down into two categories:
- Opiates (Naturally Derived)
- Opioids (Synthetic)
Though these two are different in their sources, the terms are used interchangeably.
Treating Opiate Addiction
As stated above, opiates have been prescribed as a way of relieving pain in medicine for some time. Though they are very effective, long-term use can lead to addiction. Opiates are derived from opium, which is harvested from the poppy plant. The primary source for opium comes from the Middle East, with the US being the number one consumer of opiates in the world.
In addition to prescription opiates, certain street drugs like heroin are classified as opiates as well.
Opiate addiction is a nasty thing, and our staff is trained and ready to help any persons looking to break free of it. Our individually assigned plans include a safe detox, followed by counseling and other types of treatment to treat the root causes of opiate addiction.
Opioids are being talked about a lot in recent years, as the abuse of them has skyrocketed exponentially in the last couple of decades. They’ve been used all throughout history (for centuries) to relieve pain, but have grown to prominence thanks to their being prescribed legally for medical pain relief.
Common prescription opioids include:
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin & Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
How Do Narcotics Work and Why Are They Addictive?
Understanding is the first step
Opiates work to relieve pain by latching onto the right receptors in the brain. They travel through the body’s system and replace the feeling of pain with extreme amounts of pleasure.
Over time, the narcotics take a toll on the central nervous system, depressing it into a state of “negative space” where the body and brain don’t feel normal without the crazy amounts of pain relief chemicals needed.
After the cycle of addiction begins to take hold (usually after the first few doses of the painkiller), the body builds up even more of tolerance, weakening the already depressed nervous system and brain. For the addict to continue functioning on a regular, day to day basis, they will have to keep increasing their dose.
Addiction is classified as a disease and should be treated as such. Opiate addiction in general needs a certain level of care, because the nature of the drug is so intense, that withdrawal can lead to extreme sickness, pain, and can be fatal.
Our detox facility is equipped with, not only the expert staff but with the most current medicines used to treat opiate withdrawal and addiction.
You can live life without narcotics, it does get better…
Please call us today and let us answer any questions you might have about opiates or opioids addiction treatment.