Prescription drug addiction is
serious, but professional treatment can help.
treatment of prescription drug dependence typically involves both behavioral
and pharmacological interventions.
the first step in treating prescription drug dependence is to slowly decrease
dosage and begin the detoxification process. However, since the withdrawal
symptoms from prescription drugs can be quite severe (especially when detoxing
from central nervous system depressants), professional supervision is
detoxification phase is complete, most treatment plans begin behavioral
therapy, such as individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling,
contingency management, community reinforcement, cognitive-behavioral therapy
or psychotherapy. Most behavioral treatments teach patients strategies to deal
with cravings, avoid triggers, function without drugs and cope with situations
that could potentially trigger relapse.
is often delivered in conjunction with behavioral therapy. Several medications are available for treating prescription opioid addiction, in particular.
Nalextrone, for example, discourages use by preventing addictive drugs from
activating pleasure receptors in the brain. Other drugs, such as methadone
and buprenorphine, reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Currently, no
pharmaceutical treatment exists for the treatment of prescription stimulants
(Adderall, Concerta, etc.).
Prescription drug addiction treatment
programs should always be comprehensive, addressing all the patient’s needs and
characteristics, not just those associated with addiction. Comorbidities and
other social, psychological and physical issues should be taken into account.
The importance of professional treatment.
the legality of prescription drugs may make them appear safer than illicit
drugs, an addiction to prescription drugs is no less severe or difficult to
overcome. Often, professional treatment is
necessary to help individuals beat this powerful addiction.
If you or
someone you support struggles with prescription drug addiction, Caron’s
treatment approach and customized programs can help.