Prescription drug addiction is the most poorly recognised form of substance addiction in the world today.
Powerful drugs are prescribed worldwide by doctors with the intention of successfully treating and curing conditions and illnesses, but this frequently creates the wrong impression about prescription medications and just how addictive they can become.
People are able to innocently abuse prescription pills without themselves or their loved ones taking much notice of them developing a drug abuse habit.
People start to abuse legal substances at different ages, with individuals starting their path to prescription medication addiction during their teenage years and others in their old age.
There are three classes of prescription drugs abused:
Opioids abuse (Painkiller abuse)
- These are drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin.
- According to The South African Depression and Anxiety Group, the abuse of opioids is responsible for about 75% of overdose-related death
- This death statistic is larger than any other any other illicit/licit drug abused.
Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants abuse (Benzodiazepines abuse)
- These are drugs such as Valium or Ambien which are tranquilisers.
- They are abused for their numbing effect which becomes addictive and generally used as escapism.
- Long-term abuse of tranquilisers has been linked to depression, insomnia, organ damage, seizures and over-dose and suicide related deaths.
- These are types of drugs such as Concerta or Ritalin which are used to treat attention deficit disorder.
- Ritalin abuse has been linked to the demand students and adults have in improving their intellectual performance and overall attentiveness during class, exams or in the workplace.
- Long term abuse of stimulants is generally associated with loss of appetite, insomnia, heart attacks, seizures and strokes.
- It is important to understand that it is dangerous to attempt to stop using prescription drugs without asking for professional drug addiction treatment.
Step Away is a licensed drug rehab in South Africa, situated in Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth.
We use various successful methods and techniques to treat prescription medication dependency.
As our patients participate in our addiction treatment programmes, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) programmes, the different group therapies, yoga sessions, workshops and tasks, they are able to identify just how destructive the nature of their prescription addiction is to their lives and the people around them.
With the support and guidance of our staff and psychologists patients are able to confront their prescription medication dependency without having to fear that they are alone in their battle.
They begin to realise the positivity in the choice they made to go to drug rehab and appreciate the good in the changes they have made in their lives.
Our therapies approach addiction holistically, helping to our patients learn to address the issues related to their addiction rather than avoid them.
In cases where it is necessary, we are able to provide substance detoxification as well as substance rehab treatment.
Our aim to help provide the essential skills required to live a sober life, the road to prescription addiction recovery is long and sometime rocky, but nevertheless the journey is worth it.
Your life is the result of the choices you make, if you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.