Prescription Drug Abuse in Dallas
When it comes to drug abuse, many people understand the severity of drugs like cocaine and heroine. Even marijuana and alcohol abuse are widely covered by mainstream media. However, one of the most prevalent drugs abused by teenagers – more so than any other substance – is prescription medication. The misconception that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs has driven many adolescents to abuse pain relievers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and others, but a prescription from a physician does not relieve a drug from addictive qualities. Prescription drug addiction is more prevalent and just as dangerous as having an addiction to any other substance and should be treated in a similar fashion. At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, we apply our multi-modal approach to help teens free themselves from their addiction to prescription drugs and help them transition into a meaningful life of sobriety.
Causes of Prescription Drug Abuse
Not many experts are clear on why prescription drug abuse has been on the rise, but many people attribute it to the fact that prescription medications are readily available as opposed to street drugs. Doctors are increasingly writing prescriptions for certain medications, and many of these substances are available for purchase online. When it comes to drug abuse in teens, many of them report acquiring prescription medicines from an adult in their family who had a prescription written, making these drugs more accessible to younger users.
Types of Prescriptions Drugs
There are a multitude of prescription medications on the market today, with some that have more addictive qualities than others. The drugs most commonly abused by teenagers include opioids, depressants and stimulants. Each of these classifiers invoke different effects on the body and are addictive due to their lasting alterations on the brain. Opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine are used to treat pain and are very effective for those who experience physical pain chronically. With long-term use, however, a dependence on opioids can occur due to the euphoric and calming effects it produces, leading many users to increase their dosage as a tolerance for the drug arises.
Depressants are commonly used to treat sleep and anxiety disorders and work by suppressing the activity in the central nervous system. Depressants help many people feel more calm and sleep better, but when taken in excessive amounts or in combination with other substances, the medication can slow the heart rate to a point where you stop breathing. Stimulants, on the other hand, produce alertness and energy in those who take these medications. Prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin can help those with attention deficit disorders or narcolepsy, but can also be abused to create a focused and stimulating high.
When taken as directed by a licensed physician, these drugs are effective at treating many conditions, but like many other drugs, they can convince the brain to build a tolerance against their initial effects and cause users to increase their dosage, leading to dependence and addiction. Additionally, discontinuing their use can produce severe withdrawal effects that deter many people from becoming sober.
Treating Prescription Drug Addiction
Many teenagers admit to taking medications from their parents’ medicine cabinet and abusing these substances while having no idea of the effects the medications could have. It is also a known fact that the earlier drug abuse starts, the higher chances of addiction taking hold.
To treat addiction in adolescents, it is important to determine the root of the drug abuse. Much of the drug abuse that occurs runs in families or has to do with social groups, and it is important for treatment centers to address underlying mental health issues that could be attributed to drug use. Additionally, teenagers are at a different level of brain development than adults, and they need to participate in rehabilitation options that address their varying outlooks on life. At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, we use a multi-modal approach that specifically targets the ways in which teenagers communicate in order to help them understand and rid themselves of their addiction. A modality is simply a way in which something is done, but instead of focusing on one method of treatment, we implement multiple treatment options in order to align with the diversity of each resident. Using intensive programs that combine fun and engaging activities with psychiatric assessment and Evidence-Based Treatment, residents can address their condition head-on and learn how to apply what they have gained to everyday life.
We also include family members in every avenue of treatment so that we may create a support system that provides continual motivation for sobriety. Including family can provide an enhanced understanding of a loved one’s addiction and promote a more positive environment and outlook for addiction. Each of the methodologies offered at Visions are centered around the resident’s unique needs. After a psychological evaluation, we can determine the best path to be taken to promote wellbeing. Day school, residential treatment, outpatient counseling and extended care facilities are all part of the many treatment methods we use to help our residents understand the cause and impact of their addiction and use it to lead a renewed life. Please contact us with your questions regarding the rehabilitation options available at Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Dallas. We are here to help you become free of addiction in a way that aligns with your personal needs and goals. Give us a call today to learn more.