A new epidemic began on a national level in late 2012, a trend that has unfortunately infiltrated parts of the U.S. that have historically seen lower than average rates of drug addiction in their communities. Today however, and more so across the East Coast more than anywhere else, the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse has become center stage across many once quiet suburban communities, high schools, middle schools, community centers and saddest of all, hospitals and cemeteries.
Of all the variations of drug addiction out there, prescription painkiller abuse is truly the one best able to successfully infiltrate all classes of people. We are seeing more need for prescription medication addiction help today than at any point in the past, and the population ranges from middle school and high school students to housewives to the elderly to executives and every possible variation thereof! No one is immune from the slippery slope so often experienced when dealing with drugs like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Morphene and even others like Valium and Xanax, which fall in a totally different class.
Becoming Addicted to Prescription Drugs
A very large percentage of those in need of prescription medication addiction help actually find themselves in this situation through fairly legitimate circumstances. Some of the more common causes that typically precede this process from becoming in motion are:
- Some type of injury – sports related or otherwise
- Surgery with painful recovery
- Car accident
- With drugs like Xanax and Valium, common conditions might be such things as; high anxiety, PTSD, sleep disorders, bipolar disorder and a variety of others.
A growing trend over the past 2 or 3 years has been with regard to parents mindlessly leaving prescriptions in the medicine cabinet. This trend has created a whole new blossoming reality that their teen children are now, more than ever, stealing their parent’s meds and subsequently becoming addicted in a short amount of time. This reality now accounts for one of the fastest growing demographics in desperate need of prescription medication addiction help, that demographic being kids ages 12 to 18.
Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at Vantage Point
When dealing with those in need of prescription medication addiction help, our staff looks at a broad host of variables within the patient’s life. One of the primary concerns when dealing with patients addicted to painkillers is the fact that new pain management methods will need to be developed during the course of their recovery. This unfortunately is an area that many drug rehab centers tend to overlook during the core treatment process.
Each new patient will receive a very comprehensive intake assessment that essentially sets them up for the highest probability for long-term success in sobriety. From medical detox (if necessary) on through the various phases of treatment, post-treatment aftercare and transition points, we look at the whole picture and consider a multitude of variables. Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program promotes stabilization by providing a balance between an individual’s work and family commitments with a treatment program to address his or her needs. The IOP program combines many offerings, including group work, traditional therapy, mindfulness and yoga, and life coaching.
For more information relating to prescription medication addiction help or any other type of addiction, or to speak with a qualified admission counselor for the purpose of addressing any other questions you may have, please contact Vantage Point Treatment Center 7 days a week at (805) 777-7595.