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Woman and therapist talk about prescription drug addiction treatmentIf you or someone you love is looking for prescription drug addiction treatment, you may already be researching the substance abuse treatment programs available in Georgia — and possibly already discussing medication alternatives with a trusted doctor.

Prescription drugs can help treat various illnesses and disorders. However, some prescription drugs are more likely to be misused than others. Prescription drug misuse occurs when medication is used in a way that’s different from the way it was prescribed. This may include increasing the drug dosage, dosing more often, or taking another person’s prescription medication. 

Unfortunately, prescription drug misuse can lead to outright addiction and also cause potentially dangerous effects. Searching for prescription drug addiction treatment programs in Athens, GA? Contact Athens Addiction Recovery Center today by calling 844.959.4998 or reaching out to our team online.

What Are the Most Addictive Prescription Drugs?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription drug usage has increased so much that over the last 15 years, the number of emergency visits and overdose deaths due to prescription drug abuse has reached historically high numbers.

Opioids and benzodiazepines are two of the most addictive prescription drug types. Other types include CNS depressants and stimulants. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include the following branded versions:

  • OxyContin – The generic version of Oxycontin is oxycodone, an opioid. OxyContin is usually prescribed for pain management.
  • Xanax – The generic version of Xanax is alprazolam, a benzodiazepine. Xanax is typically prescribed for anxiety disorders.
  • Ambien – The generic version of Ambien is zolpidem, which is classified as a non-benzodiazepine and non-barbiturate hypnotic medication. It’s typically used to treat sleep problems.
  • Nembutal – The generic version of Nembutal is pentobarbital, a barbiturate that acts as a sedative. Nembutal is typically used to induce sleep.
  • Adderall – The generic version of Adderall is amphetamine/dextroamphetamine, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Adderall is usually prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

What Are the Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse?

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, prescription drug rehab may be the best way to overcome the substance use disorder. Without getting professional help, the road to recovery may be too difficult to traverse. However, before you consider professional help, you must be sure that there is an addiction. 

While you can’t diagnose a substance use disorder without professional help, you may notice the following signs:

  • Doctor shopping
  • Excessive mood swings or hostility
  • Forging, selling, or stealing prescriptions
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Poor decision-making
  • Requesting early refills or consistently “losing” prescriptions
  • Taking larger doses than prescribed

When Should You Consider a Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Program?

Misusing prescription drugs can lead to severe and negative health consequences, including addiction, drug overdose, and even death. Consider prescription drug rehab if you or someone you love is starting to show signs of impaired thinking or judgment, slowed reaction time, and a tendency toward risky behavior.

Remember that taking prescription drugs like opioids, depressants, and stimulants can cause physical dependence and addiction — even when used in accordance with a trusted doctor’s instructions. If you or someone you love find it difficult to stop using prescription drugs — or have experienced negative consequences related to physical, mental, or social functioning — it could be very helpful to seek professional prescription drug addiction treatment.

Look for a prescription drug addiction treatment program that’s focused on treating the specific substance use disorder involved. An opioid addiction treatment program is going to be different from a benzodiazepine addiction treatment program, for example.

Learn More About Athens Recovery’s Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Programs in Athens, GA

If you’re looking for prescription drug addiction treatment programs in Athens, GA, contact Athens Addiction Recovery Center today. Call 844.959.4998 or reach out to our team online.