Dayton prescription drug abuse treatment has become a crucial and necessary service for people of all backgrounds. The problem of prescription drug abuse is growing, becoming more prevalent in our society than ever before. There are many reasons for this, including the higher availability and perception of higher safety associated with pharmaceuticals. Yet pharmaceuticals, despite being legally prescribed for various illnesses, are not always safer than their illicit counterparts, having just as many addictive properties and just as many bad side-effects as well. It's estimated that 52 million people in the United States will participate in prescription drug abuse and most of those who do so will be under the age of 25.
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The most common drugs abused are stimulants and sedatives. Stimulants are often derivatives of amphetamines or similar, including drugs like methylphenidate (trade names Concerta, Ritalin). Sedatives are often opioids like morphine or codeine or common pain medications like Vicodin or OxyContin.
Although many do not believe that the prescription drug abuse problem is serious, statistics say otherwise. As of 2014, the abuse of opioid pain relievers has quadrupled since 1999. As of 2007, these drugs outnumbered heroin and cocaine in overdose deaths.
The U.S. Department of Justice categorizes drugs, whether legal or illicit, into categories of controlled substances. There are five "schedules" for drugs starting with Schedule I Controlled Substances, which are substances considered to have no medical value. Many illicit drugs fall into this category. Schedule II substances have a high potential for abuse or dependence and include many illicit and pharmacological substances. Most opiates and many stimulants are Schedule II listed. Schedule III Controlled Substances are potentially abused with moderate dependence levels, but are not as addictive as Schedule I or II items. Similarly, Schedule IV items are less addictive than III items are and Schedule V substances offer very little potential for abuse, but could be used to create more potent items of abuse.
Prescription drug abuse has many health risks, ranging from addiction to serious illness and even death.
Prescription drug abuse is best treated with Dayton medical detox. During this process, addiction specialists wean patients off drugs in a safe and secure environment. After initial treatment, patients should attend a support group like Narcotics Anonymous (http://www.dascna.org/), where they can share their experiences with like-minded people. Other relapse prevention programs include individual and group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
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