Prescription medications are a common part of the American health care system. Medical professionals prescribe drugs to tackle specific health issues — some pills reduce pain after an injury, while others help people sleep, for example. The longer you use a drug, however, the more accustomed your body becomes to the ingredients. As you build a tolerance, it takes a higher dose to achieve the same effects. Our prescription drug rehab in San Diego, California can help you on the road to sobriety.
Prescription drug addiction can develop in a few ways:
With many prescription drugs, it doesn’t take long to develop a problem — opioids in particular. According to the Mayo Clinic, just five days of opioid use increases your risk of addiction. Overdose deaths are also a concern; taking too much of a drug can reduce breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure to fatal levels.
Prescription drug abuse is one of the top public health issues in California — it kills thousands of people every year. Here at God's Chosen Ones, we offer professional, medically supervised rehab programs to help you overcome drug addiction and return to your normal life. Whether you or a loved one is struggling with prescription opioids, stimulants or depressants, early intervention can be a lifesaving option.
Not all prescriptions lead to addiction — the most common culprits are painkillers, depressants and stimulants. Opioid painkillers are highly addictive, producing a marked feeling of euphoria. Depressants, which create a sense of well-being and relaxation, are often prescribed to ease anxiety or help people sleep. Stimulants boost energy and exhilaration; doctors prescribe them for conditions such as ADHD or narcolepsy.
A few of the potentially problematic prescription drugs include:
Prescription drug addiction can happen to anyone, but certain factors may increase the risk of developing a dependence:
It can be challenging to identify the signs of drug abuse in yourself or another person, in part because every prescription drug creates different symptoms. Here are some things to watch out for.
Lack of coordination or focus
Failure of doctor-prescribed dose to ease pain
High sensitivity to pain with continued use
Persistent sleepy feeling
Inability to walk or speak normally
Inability to concentrate
Reduced breathing rate
Unusual levels of agitation, anxiety and paranoia
Extreme alert feeling
Increased temperature and blood pressure
Inability to sleep
Heart arrhythmia (irregular beat)
Prescription drug abuse is rampant in the United States. In 2020, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 16.1 million people admitted they’d used a prescription outside of a doctor’s recommendations. Prescription painkillers are the biggest problem — 9.3 million people struggle with them each year.
Kids are also prone to drug abuse, in part because prescriptions are relatively easy to access. In fact, more than 4% of high school seniors have abused prescription medication. Amphetamine use is the most common in kids in grades 8-12.
Drug addiction is on the rise in California. As with many places in the country, opioids are the biggest problem; overdoses kill people in California every day. In 2021, there were 21,016 opioid-related emergency room visits and 7,175 overdose deaths.
If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription medication, it’s important to get addiction treatment. With the help of medical and psychiatric professionals, it’s possible to recover and reduce dependence on drugs.
Here at God's Chosen Ones, our treatment programs use a combination of counseling and medication assisted treatment methods. The exact process varies based on the drug in question, the severity of abuse or addiction, and the individual’s mental and physical health. In some cases, we may recommend starting with a residential inpatient treatment program and medical detox. Our two main substance abuse programs are:
Sometimes, it’s impossible to enter full-time residential addiction treatment centers. That’s where the God's Chosen Ones partial hospitalization program comes in. You’ll visit our treatment facility in San Diego, California five days a week, usually for 4-6 hours at a time. Each session is structured and personalized to your needs and typically includes:
After you finish PHP, we often recommend entering the Camelback Recovery IOP rehab. You’ll visit our San Diego addiction treatment center for a few hours three days a week. The program usually continues the therapies you started in the PHP. The goal of our outpatient programs is to help you combat the addiction both mentally and physically. Over time, you’ll learn how to resume a normal life without the interference of the problematic drug.
Are you ready to get help with prescription drug abuse or addiction? Learn more about the addiction treatment process.
God's Chosen Ones provides prescription drug addiction treatment programs to residents across the state of California. Contact us today or call (619) 653-0168 to learn more about our therapy options.
Our caring, experienced team can help find the right program; we’ll also help you navigate the insurance and financing process.