Prescription Drug Interventions
Did you know prescription drug deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in the U.S.? Think about that for a moment. With over 250 million licensed drivers on U.S. roads, more people die from overdosing or abusing prescription pain pills than people die in auto accidents.
Although the majority of prescription pain relievers (most are opioids) prescribed to patients by doctors offer legitimate pain relief for numerous conditions, these drugs may be fatal when addiction-prone individuals begin taking them. However, anyone can become addicted to prescription opioids such as Vicodin or Oxycontin after using these drugs for one or two weeks.
Following passage of the Affordable Care Act, sales of prescription medications skyrocketed. Just a few years ago, Americans spent nearly $375 billion of pharmaceutical drugs and doctors wrote over 4.2 billion prescriptions. Both are record-breaking facts.
The increase in prescription drug sales isn't decreasing, either. In fact, experts predict prescription drug overdose deaths are going to either remain where they are or rise. Fortunately, addiction treatment methods are more evidence-based and advanced today, allowing for more options for addicts having difficulty beating their prescription drug addiction. Furthermore, addiction is no longer viewed as a lack of willpower or character weakness. The mindset today, supported by neuroscience, is that addiction is a disease that requires long-term care and rehabilitation, not punishment.
The Necessity for Prescription Drug Intervention
Prescription drug abuse interventions represent the first step families of addicts need to take to help a loved one recover from their addiction. Interventions are often necessary if pain pill addicts refuse to acknowledge they have a problem or refuse to enter a recovery program. Many people who abuse prescription drugs justify their addiction by claiming their drug is "legal" and therefore, condoned by the medical community.
The Addiction Advocates has expert intervention counselors who interact personally with family members to help them understand and determine goals for their addicted loved one and themselves. We also provide professional insight so that family members fully comprehend how important their role is in the recovery process. Intervention counselors will meet family members in one of their homes to discuss the purpose of an intervention, impart facts about addiction and how it develops and what to expect as the intervention progresses.
Our intervention services for prescription drug addictions is available in all 50 states. We provide addiction intervention for all types of prescription medications, from pain pills to stimulants such as ADHD or diet medication. No matter what kind of pharmaceutical drug your loved one is addicted to, we have the appropriate intervention plan essential for transforming addicted lives into sober, productive and satisfying lives.
Overview of Addictive Prescription Medications and Intervention Programs
Prescription Methadone Intervention
Once the most prescribed treatment for a heroin or opioid addiction, methadone is now under fire because it is actually an opioid as well. We now know that people using methadone were simply replacing one addiction with another addiction. Because methadone is habit-forming, it must be administered by physicians working for methadone clinics in areas where heroin addiction is rampant. In fact, withdrawing from methadone may be harder to accomplish than withdrawing from heroin. In addition, methadone combined with other drugs may produce heart failure, coma and death.
If you have a loved one who is suffering an addiction to methadone, call us today to request a methadone intervention and assistance with getting your loved intodetoxification and rehab.
Suboxone is a prescription medications used in addiction treatment programs as long-term replacements for opioids. Suboxone works to end an addiction to opioids by inhibiting the euphoria produced by heroin, morphine and strong pain medications. Although Suboxone presents less potential for abuse by having a "ceiling" effect that discourages overdosing, it is still a lesser opioid that can cause addiction. Discontinuing the use of Suboxone needs a regimen of detox-specific drugs that requires medical supervision to avoid relapse.
If someone you know is taking Suboxone and suffering withdrawal symptoms that prevent him from stopping use of Suboxone, contact us today to learn about our Suboxone intervention services.
Addiction Intervention for Other Pain Medications
Methdaone, Suboxone and Oxycontin are not the only prescription opioids/painkillers causing a record number of overdose deaths in the U.S. Dilaudid, Norco, Duragesic and Percocent are other highly addictive pain relievers that ruin many lives every year.
If you are seeking Oxycontin intervention services, please click on the button below.
Oxycontin (Oxycodone) is federally recognized as having a high risk for addiction and is designated a Schedule II drug by the U.S. DEA. Its molecular and chemical structure resembles that of morphine, one of the most powerful, synthetic opioids. Originally meant to relieve severe pain in cancer patients, its heroin-like properties quickly caused it to become a widely abused prescription drug.
If your loved one is caught in the vicious cycle of Oxycontin abuse and addiction, please contact The Addiction Advocates Intervention to request an intervention as soon as possible.
Psychiatric Medication Intervention
Psychiatric medication promoting abuse and addiction include:
If you need psychiatric medication intervention information, we have an informative page dedicated to overcoming addiction to these drugs.
Xanax is a hypnotic sedative prescribed for severe anxiety and panic disorder. Tolerance for Xanax and other sedatives happens rapidly, usually within four or five days from the start of taking Xanax. An addiction to Xanax can cause dangerous side effects, such as slowed breathing and heart rate and coma.
If you know someone struggling with a Xanax addiction or another prescription benzodiazepine addiction, please don't hesitate to contact The Addiction Advocates Intervention today for immediate assistance.
Intervention for Klonopin Addiction
Klonopin was once prescribed to treat epilepsy and seizures but is now used to treat anxiety disorders. Many Klonopin abusers develop a co-occurring addiction, especially alcoholism. We urge you to request Klonopin intervention services from The Addiction Advocates if you have a loved one who is abusing Klonopin.
Prescription Vicodin Intervention
One of the most popular and addictive painkillers available by prescription is Vicodin, small pill containing a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen given to people by well-meaning physicians for relief from pain due to dental procedures, auto/work accident injuries. postoperative complications and chronic back pain. Vicodin addictions are also one of most common addictions we see people suffering from when they ask us for intervention services.
Vicodin abusers quickly develop a tolerance to this drug that forces them to take higher doses. As their addiction grows, so does their craving for the "high" Vicodin pills give them. This leads to many painkiller addicts to "doctor shop" for physicians who will give them prescriptions for Vicodin. If they can't find a doctor who believes they are still in pain, they may attempt to write fake prescriptions or rob neighborhood pharmacies