Prescription Drug Abuse Rehab, Great Neck, NY
Many prescription medicines share chemical similarities to illegal drugs. They contain psychoactive components that affect perception, mood, and other aspects of the brain’s natural chemistry. These chemicals can be highly addictive. Because of this, rehab centers are seeing more patients being admitted for prescription drug abuse than ever before.
Prescription drug abuse can be deadly. For safe, effective treatment, call Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck at (516) 283-5681.
Types of Addictive Prescription Drugs
- Hydrocodone: Branded as Vicodin, this medication is prescribed for mild to moderate pain. It is often available with other ingredients like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. People taking the drug can feel a sense of euphoria, and quickly become addicted. Abuse can cause constipation, dizziness, and eventually, liver damage.
- Codeine: Doctors prescribe codeine to help patients suffering from anxiety disorder, pain, stubborn coughs, and even diarrhea. Most patients simply take their prescriptions for as long as their doctors ask them to, and never give it a thought. Misusing codeine can induce euphoria and muscle relaxation, but it can also cause itchiness, confusion, nausea, and vomiting.
- Palladone: Patients receive prescriptions for hydromorphone hydrochloride for anything from severe pain to gastrointestinal problems. It is considered very highly addictive. While patients may begin abusing the drug by taking it orally, they quickly progress to intravenous injections. This drug is popular among both hardcore drug users and inexperienced users.
- Zolpidem: Branded as Ambien, this medication is prescribed for patients who are suffering from insomnia. Recreational users take Ambien for its hallucinogenic/hypnotic effects. Abrupt withdrawal from this drug can induce seizures.
- Lorazepam: Branded as Ativan, this benzodiazepine is used to treat anxiety disorders. While it gives a temporary feeling of relief and relaxation, this drug is highly addictive. Withdrawal can occur even after short-term use and induce serious symptoms such as seizures and psychosis.
- Vyvanse: The chemical Lisdexamfetamine is offered in treatment for binge eating, manic depression, excessive daytime sleepiness and schizophrenia. Among those who abuse the drug, though, the drug is preferred as a way to improve focus, episodic memory and working memory. Many white-collar workers take them for motivation while performing repetitive, boring tasks.
Health Risks of Prescription Drug Abuse
Abusing prescribed medication doesn’t come with the kind of stigma that illegal drug abuse does. They can be perceived as being safer because they can be picked up from any clinic or pharmacy. However, pharmaceutical medications are often just as potent as illegal drugs, if not more so. Furthermore, a person can become an addict by routinely abusing these substances.
When taken other than directed, prescription medication can cause a number of dangerous health conditions, including:
- Heart palpitations
- Slowed breathing or suffocation
- Sweating, dizziness, and fever
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Body tremors
- Liver, kidney, and stomach damage
Any of these medical conditions can develop into a more serious condition.
Don’t wait until you or someone you care about face serious consequences due to substance abuse. Call Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck at (516) 283-5681 to speak to one of our friendly addiction specialists.