Treatment For Prescription Drug Abuse
Detox, Treatment, On-Going Support
Pain relief is one of the most common reasons people look for medical support. Throughout history, different forms of narcotics have been prescribed to relieve the severity of pain. Today, chemically based narcotics are still recommended for pain relief, but unfortunately these drugs are highly abused.
Dependency on prescription painkillers is a growing concern in the United States. Non-medical use of pain medications has increased steadily over the past 10 years. More than 12 million people in the United States report using opioids non-medically. It is suspected that approximately 25 percent of pain medications prescribed in the U.S are used for addictive behaviors. These statistics are reported by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
Programs Available in NJ, PA & MA
Our team takes an individualized and comprehensive approach to treatment by seeking the underlying cause of the addiction first. Our prescription drug treatment programs provide outpatient addiction options that are tailored to your specific needs.
What we provide:
- Caring medical personnel
- Individualized prescription drug addiction treatment
- Individual and group therapy
- Co-occurring disorders treatment
- Relapse prevention
- On-going support
Overcoming prescription drug abuse is an on-going process that requires experienced personnel and medical supervision for a successful detox and recovery.
What are Narcotics?
Prescription Drug Addiction & Abuse
Narcotics are highly addictive mood altering substances that relieve pain by influencing the perception of pain in the brain. They are only recommended for use under the direct supervision of a doctor, and only for a short period of time.
This class of drugs is broken in two primary categories:
- Opiates (Naturally Derived)
- Opioids (Synthetic)
The terms opiates and opioid are often used interchangeably.
Opiate Addiction Treatment
Opiates have long been prescribed as a resource for relieving pain. Opiates are a natural pain relieving substance derived from opium, which comes from the poppy plant. While Opium is primarily grown in the Middle East, the United States is the number one consumer of the drug world-wide.
Examples of opiates include:
Our opiate addiction treatment programs provide individualized treatment plans that work for you. Opiate addiction should be treated with a safe detox first, then individual and group therapy.
Opiates have been used for pain relief for centuries, but more recently opioids have replaced their role in pharmaceutical use. Opioids are a synthetic form of opiate. Some opioids are partially derived from natural substances, others are entirely manufactured.
Opioids are often sold as prescription level pain medications. They include:
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin & Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
These chemically based narcotics are designed to influence the brain in an almost identical fashion to the natural substance.
Addiction to Narcotics
How does it work?
Opiates and opioids provide pain relief by latching onto the opioid receptors in the brain. As brain chemicals travel throughout the central nervous system, they mask the experience of pain and deliver feelings of pleasure instead. In doing this, the narcotics actually depress the central nervous system. Your perception of pain is reduced and in its place you’ll experience a euphoric high.
As the drugs are used, the body begins to develop a tolerance. To continue experiencing the same level of euphoria and pain relief, you’ll have to increase your dosage. In time, repeated use of narcotic drugs can lead to a dependence and addiction.
Narcotic addiction is a complicated disease. Overcoming this disease requires ongoing opioid and opiate addiction treatment and support, including a combination of individual and group therapy. We have several outpatient resources available to help people overcome drug abuse and dependency.