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Prescription Drug Addiction Is Becoming Common Place
Manhattan, like most cities in the United States have a serious problem with prescription drug addiction. Many who are addicted to doctor prescribed drugs do not fit into society’s image of a “drug addict.” Statistics show that prescription drug addiction is the newest gateway to heroin abuse. Even more concerning is that teenagers and college students are stealing these drug to get high. The demand for these drugs has made prescription drug addiction the fastest growing problem for Manhattan police.
Ignorance of the potentially deadly effect of painkillers is one reason many unsuspecting patients get into trouble. The misconception is that these drugs are safe because they were acquired legitimately. Although not everyone becomes addicted, those who do are in a serious predicament if they do not get timely help. The longer the addiction persists, the greater the opportunity for a fatal overdose.
Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction
The signs that someone is abusing prescribed drugs may vary. However, some typical indicators may include:
- Frequently running out of pills before it is time for a refill.
- Complaining about losing pills. This may also be an indication that someone else is using the patient’s medication illegally.
- Change in pattern of use such as crushing or breaking pills apart.
- A family member or friend is stealing or illegally purchasing medication from a drug dealer or over the internet.
- Taking more than the recommended dosage.
- Making multiple appointments with different doctors to get drugs.
- Changes in behavior and defensiveness when asked about prescription usage.
Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction
Drug Treatment Centers Manhattan provide customized programs that is predicated upon the unique needs of each client. At intake we conduct a thorough physical and psychological evaluation. Based on the results of these assessments, a treatment profile is developed that is further used to design a specialized detoxification and rehabilitation program for the individual. During this process, we also encourage input from the patient and, with their permission, from family members. We pay special attention to this process in order to accurately diagnose the patient’s condition. In many instances, people who have become addicted to prescription medications have other underlying issues, such as a mental disorder or a past traumatic experience. Our ultimate goal is to address all issues that may or may not be contributing to the drug addiction condition.
Our treatment protocols are comprehensive and integrate both conventional and holistic treatment modalities. These evidence-based programs are administered by board certified doctors and nurses who are experienced. They are able to sympathize with the patient’s fears and concerns as they progress through the treatment process. Patients can also choose from inpatient/residential, intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization care options.
Call Drug Treatment Centers Manhattan today at 212-202-5657. We can help you to stop a growing dependency or addiction in its tracks.