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Prescription Drug Addiction TreatmentPrescription medications can be of great help to those who need them, but they can also be abused for recreational or self-medicating purposes. Even Anchorage residents who begin taking a prescription medication for a medical condition can find themselves addicted to the drug. Their habit-forming nature is the reason that most prescription drugs are controlled and not sold over the counter.

Addictive Prescription Drugs in Anchorage

Anchorage residents can become addiction to a variety of prescription medications. The prescription drugs most likely to cause addiction fall into the following classes:

  • Opioids are prescription painkillers and include OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Darvon Dilaudid, and Demerol
  • Central nervous system depressants are prescribed for anxiety and insomnia and include Valium, Xanax and Ativan
  • Stimulants are prescribed for ADHD and narcolepsy and include Ritalin, Dexedrine, Concerta and Adderall

The Physical Basis of Prescription Drug Addiction

Many Anchorage residents who would not consider using “street drugs” will abuse prescription medications. This is because people consider pharmaceutical drugs to be safer, or they may find these drugs are more easily available. Regardless of perception, prescription drugs change users’ brains the same way as “street drugs.” Addictive drugs work in different ways, but most cause their effects by increasing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. The body then adapts by lowering the level it produces on its own. This leads to drug tolerance and the need for more of the drug to produce the original desired effect. The user’s body adapts to such a degree that it becomes dependent on the drug. The user will experience drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms when the prescription drug is not present. When people have become addicted, they continue to use the drug despite negative consequences.

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment for Anchorage Residents

Prescription drug addiction requires multifaceted treatment. The first step is a medically managed detox process in which withdrawal symptoms are monitored and minimized. The next step is rehab in a residential facility or on an outpatient basis. Rehab components may vary according to need, but will include education and counseling. Counseling is likely to include motivational enhancement, identification of personal drug use triggers and relapse prevention training. Quality addiction treatment programs will also assess and treat any underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Recovery from prescription drug addiction will only occur with professional help.

Find Prescription Drug Addiction Help

If you are in Anchorage and are worried about your or a loved one’s prescription drug use, we can help. Our toll-free helpline is staffed around the clock by caring counselors who can answer your questions and give you the information you need. We can help you identify the best treatment options and can check your insurance coverage for your program of choice. Prescription drug addiction can take over your life. Take the first step toward reclaiming it today; call now.