Legitimate medical prescriptions often introduce potent and addictive drugs to individuals who may have never used them before or previously never had problems with drug use. After completing a full course of medication post-surgery or trauma, individuals may have already developed a dependence on the drugs which may lead them to extend their prescriptions, or in more extreme cases, they may attempt to secure versions of their drugs through illegal means.
Prescription drugs include a wide range of drug classes including depressants, stimulants and painkillers. Doctors typically prescribe depressants to manage anxiety, sleep disorders and related conditions. Stimulants — like Adderall or Ritalin — are commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and narcolepsy. Painkillers — whether narcotic or synthetic opioids — include frequently prescribed medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, and help individuals manage everything from chronic to breakthrough pain, post-surgery.
Prescription drugs pose many unique challenges to recovery because of their wide availability, low prices and the ability they give users to disguise or legitimize their habit. Prescription drug abuse is never less harmful than the use of illicit drugs, and recovery from prescription drug abuse will require professional drug rehabilitation and therapy just as recovery from street drugs would. Bayview Recovery’s comprehensive prescription drug treatment modalities can help those suffering from dependency break free and avoid future drug use.