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Prescription Drug Detox

Are you or someone you love considering a prescription drug detox? At CuraSouth we understand how painful prescription drug withdrawal can be. The symptoms make quitting feel impossible. The key to overcoming this obstacle is a medication assisted, medical prescription drug detox. At CuraSouth we make  withdrawal as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Clients detox in a comfortable, supportive, homestyle environment. Beyond physical stabilization, CuraSouth emphasizes the importance of developing a hopeful path forward in recovery. At CuraSouth we first provide a safe, pain-free detox, then we get to work putting together a plan for long-term sobriety. We perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each client’s needs and recovery goals. We introduce our clients to the 12-steps, begin therapy and offer holistic treatments like acupuncture, meditation and yoga. Every client leaves with a firm foundation on which to build their ongoing recovery.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Over the course of the past two decades, rates of prescription drug abuse have been on the rise throughout the U.S. Prescription drug abuse refers to taking a prescription other than as prescribed by a medical professional, or taking medication without a written prescription in order to produce a high (or another desired effect). There are three types of prescription medication that are commonly abused, including prescription opioids, stimulants and central nervous system depressants (tranquilizers or sedatives). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA0, abusing prescription medications can result in a range of serious consequences, from physical and psychological dependence to emergency room visits and overdose-related death. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have increased more than five times from 1999 to 2016. NIDA also reported that during the year 2017 an estimated 18 million Americans over the age of 12 engaged in prescription drug abuse. The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that roughly 2 million Americans abused prescription painkillers for the first time, 1.5 million abused prescription tranquilizers, 1 million abused prescription stimulants for the first time and there were more than 271,000 new cases of prescription sedative misuse reported. Overall, prescription drug abuse is one of the largest public health threats the country currently faces.

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

There are three types of commonly abused prescription medications. We have broken down these types, further examining their risks. If you have any additional questions, we are here to help.

  • Prescription opioids – Prescription opioids work by affecting opioid receptors within the brain in order to effectively reduce the impact of pain-related signals. In addition to acting as pain relievers, these types of medication can cause euphoric effects when taken in high doses, which increases the risk of abuse and dependence. Some of the more commonly abused prescription opioids include medications like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, oxymorphone, codeine and fentanyl. Some are naturally derived (codeine and morphine) and others are synthetic (fentanyl).
  • Prescription stimulants – Prescription stimulants are most commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. They effectively increase alertness and energy levels, but can also lead to a range of health-related issues like increased heart rate and blood pressure. The most commonly abused prescription stimulants are Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta.
  • Central nervous system (CNS) depressants – This type of prescription medication includes tranquilizers and sedatives — predominantly benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine sleep medications and barbiturates. CNS depressants are most commonly used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, health issues related to seizures and severe symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. Some commonly abused prescription CNS depressants include Xanax, Klonopin and Valium (benzodiazepines), Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta (non-benzodiazepine sleep aids) and Nembutal, Mebaral and Luminal (barbiturates).

Prescription Drug Addiction
Signs & Symptoms

The signs and symptoms associated with prescription drug abuse vary on a person-to-person basis, and depend heavily on what kind of prescription drug was being abused. However, some common and consistent symptoms associated with prescription drug abuse and addiction include:

  • Attempting to cut back on the dose or attempting to quit entirely but being unable to do so without professional help
  • Continuing to use prescription medications despite a range of personal consequences (legal, financial and interpersonal)
  • Avoiding friends and family members for fear of being “called out” or criticized for prescription drug misuse
  • A lack of motivation to participate in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Failing to meet personal obligations and fulfill responsibilities at work, at school or in day-to-day life
  • Engaging in drug-seeking behaviors, like purchasing medications, stealing unused medications from the medicine cabinets of friends or family members and doctor-shopping (attempting to get more than one prescription at a time)
  • Building up a physical tolerance over time, meaning a higher dose is required in order for the same effects to be produced
  • Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when use is suddenly stopped

Prescription Drug Withdrawal
Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms associated with prescription drug withdrawal vary depending on what medication was being abused.

Withdrawal symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal include:

  • Prescription opioids – Symptoms associated with prescription opioid withdrawal are not life-threatening, but intense psychological drug cravings often lead to relapse when left untreated. Flu-like symptoms tend to be the most common, and can include a runny nose, watery eyes, increased yawning, stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, insomnia, low-grade fever, profuse sweating and restlessness.
  • Prescription stimulants – The symptoms associated with prescription stimulant withdrawal are also rarely life-threatening. They include excessive tiredness and fatigue, feelings of depression, anxiety and panic attacks and an increased appetite.
  • CNS depressants – Symptoms associated with benzodiazepine and barbiturate withdrawal can be extremely dangerous – even life-threatening – unless they are adequately treated in a medical detox facility. Some of the more common symptoms include shakiness and body tremors, severe anxiety, depressed mood, agitation, increased body temperature, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, insomnia, hallucinations and delusions and seizures.

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Medical detox is always necessary when it comes to prescription drug withdrawal. Symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal often lead people back to using their drug of choice before the detox process has come to an end. Psychological symptoms associated with prescription drug withdrawal can be severe, and must be closely overseen by an experienced and licensed psychiatrist. Symptoms associated with CNS depressant withdrawal can be life-threatening unless properly medicated.

Prescription Drug Detox
Treatment Options

At CuraSouth we utilize a variety of effective and evidence-based treatment options based on the unique needs of each individual client.

Below are several of the techniques we employ for each type of prescription detox:

  • Treatment options for prescription opioid withdrawal include – over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, anti-nausea medications, non-narcotic sleep aids and medications such as Suboxone and Subutex that alleviate physical symptoms while reducing drug cravings. We also utilize proven holistic techniques for craving reduction and pain management, like acupuncture and physical therapy.
  • Treatment options for prescription stimulant withdrawal include – over-the-counter pain relievers and psychiatric intervention . At CuraSouth we also offer intensive psychotherapy to help alleviate psychological symptoms associated with stimulant withdrawal in a safe and non-invasive way.
  • Treatment options of CNS depressant withdrawal include – tapering, which refers to slowly weaning a client off of a benzodiazepine or barbiturate over time. Tapering is utilized in most cases, and might be coupled with medication assisted treatment if deemed necessary.

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Our Straightforward Admissions Process

At CuraSouth we have developed an admissions process that is straightforward and uncomplicated from start to finish. We are dedicated to making our detox services as accessible as possible to those in need, and we understand how time-sensitive seeking medical detox is for men and women who have been suffering from moderate or severe prescription drug addictions. The moment you or your loved one gives us a call we begin by conducting a brief pre-assessment, which can be easily completed over the phone in a matter of minutes. We ask a series of questions including, “What type of prescription medication have you been abusing?” “Did you ever combine prescription drugs with other chemical substances like alcohol?” “Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for an underlying mental health condition like anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder?” This initial assessment helps our clinical and medical team determine which detox methods are going to be the most beneficial for each individual case. Next, we help iron out viable coverage plans. At CuraSouth we work closely with most major regional and national health insurance providers, meaning that if you or your loved one is currently insured there is a good chance some or all of our services are either covered partially or in full. We offer free, no obligation health insurance benefit checks whenever needed. Finally we set a date and time for intake and help arrange reliable transportation to our facility.

To get started or to learn more about our unique and integrated program of prescription medication detox contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you and asking any additional questions you might have regarding the early recovery process.