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Prescription drug addiction stems from the misuse of prescribed medications by doctors and also sought illegally on the streets for recreational use. More than 6 million people, 12 and over, have been reported to abuse prescription pills each month the United States. There are a number of common prescription drugs that are abused and most require a treatment intervention to recover from the physical addiction and psychological effects.

Common Prescription Pain Relievers Abused

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora)
  • Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER, Zohydro ER)
  • Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)

Common Prescription Psychiatric Drugs Abused

  • Barbiturates: pentobarbital (Nembutal®), phenobarbital (Luminal®)
  • Benzodiazepines: alprazolam (Xanax®), chlorodiazepoxide (Limbitrol®), diazepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®), triazolam (Halicon®)
  • Sleep Medications: eszopiclone (Lunesta®), zaleplon (Sonata®), zolpidem (Ambien®)

Common Over The Counter (OCT) Drugs Abused

  • Dextromethorphan
  • Ephedrine
  • Caffeine Pills
  • Laxatives
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Motion Sickness Pills

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Options

Addiction to any of these substances outlined can have a variety of effects and withdrawal symptoms. Ultimately receiving an initial assessment to discuss the specific substance and length of time used, will help provide a baseline to the best recommendations for treatment.  The levels of care offered are detox, inpatient, residential, individual therapy, and sober living options. Depending on the individuals case, there are a number of treatment options that are available to help someone recovery from prescription drug abuse.

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