Prescription drug abuse has become the most dominant addiction threat of the modern era. For the last three years, prescription-related overdose deaths have surpassed those of heroin and cocaine combined. Although they are effective in the treatment of chronic pain, prescription opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet can also be incredibly deadly. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches offers modern, cutting-edge pain medication addiction treatment at all of our locations.
Treatment for prescription abuse is a delicate situation best left to qualified professionals. Both the detox and rehab aspects of the process call for an experienced, knowledgeable, and balanced approach. BHOPB's facilities specialize in pain medication treatment and provide individualized, comprehensive care for all patients.
Pain Medication Addiction Can Happen to Anyone
Very often, people who never had any intention of abusing drugs of any kind unwittingly grow dependent on pain meds because they deviate from their doctor-prescribed regimen or fall victim to dishonest and unscrupulous physicians.
One of the cruel ironies of painkiller addiction is that it winds up leaving victims in more pain than when they first started taking the pills. Common effects of pain medication addiction include depression, respiratory problems, heart failure, and intestinal distress.
Multi-Phase Treatment for Lasting Success
Pain medication addiction treatment begins with an expert, sensitive, and medically supervised detox. Painkiller withdrawal often produces painful, sickening, and dangerous symptoms, so it’s imperative that detox is professionally managed. Our doctors and nurses monitor detox patients 24/7 to track progress, offer compassionate and responsible symptom relief, and address any medical emergencies. Whenever possible, our staff will administer medication to mitigate the pain and illness of the withdrawal process. Once the patient has completed detox, they’re ready to move on to the next stage of their treatment.
Comprehensive Rehab and Behavior Modification
Prescriptions are more commonly encountered in everyday life than illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Therefore, pain medication addiction rehab must incorporate the development of resistance exercises in order to diminish the chance of a patient's relapse. Through focused group and individualized counseling as well as a specialized combination of treatment therapies, patients learn to modify their behavior and change their attitudes toward prescription drugs. If necessary, we incorporate family and loved ones into the recovery process and work toward repairing the lifestyle damage that patients have experienced in the wake of their addictions. Our approach rebuilds patients from the ground up so that, in time, they can once again manage their own lives.
If you or someone you love is battling pain pill addiction, the time to get help is now. Our pain medication addiction treatment focuses on breaking dependency, pain management education and promoting behavior modification. Call (888) 432-2467 to learn more.
Infographic: Painkiller Addiction in the US is an Epidemic
This infographic on painkiller addiction makes the case that prescription pain medication abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the US with over 5 million people abusing painkillers each year. Using evidence collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the CDC, DrugAbuse.gov, and a study from the University of Texas - this infographic states that opioid painkillers are now responsible for more deaths each year in all age groups than all illegal drugs combined. In addition to this shocking statistic, as the country has begun to crack down on prescription pain medicine abuse, many former painkiller addicts have begun to switch to the cheaper and more readily available heroin as their drug of choice.
- University of Texas study
- CDC, Morbidity and mortality Weekly Report
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2004-2010