PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT IN CHARLOTTE, NC
When Misuse Becomes Addiction, Call October Road
Misusing prescription drugs can start innocently enough and quickly spiral into a devastating addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drug misuse happens whenever an individual takes a medication outside of how it is prescribed. This includes taking a drug that is not prescribed to you, even for valid reasons, taking more than the recommended dose, or using medication to get “high.”
Each year, approximately 18 million people misuse prescription drugs, and misuse is most prevalent among teens and young adults. If and when drug use takes over your life, you need to get help.
At October Road, we know that drug addiction can happen to anyone. If you have become addicted to prescription medication, it is not your fault, but it is up to you to get better. Nevertheless, you do not have to do it alone.
Call us at (888) 201-5086 to get the help you need and the support you deserve.
What Kinds of Prescription Drugs Do People Misuse?
Any controlled substance can be misused and abused, but some drugs are more addictive than others. Most people misuse opioids, which are prescribed to treat pain; depressants, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders; and/or stimulants, which are prescribed to treat ADHD and other disorders.
Some commonly abused prescription medications include:
No matter what prescription drug you are addicted to, October Road can help you get clean. Our evidence-based prescription drug treatment program helps patients in Charlotte, NC, turn the page and leave this dark chapter of their life behind.
What Are the Consequences of Prescription Drug Misuse?
From 1999 to 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving prescription medications has increased by five times. Even those who survive drug addiction face serious physical, mental, and social consequences. Drug addiction can take away job opportunities, strain or destroy meaningful relationships, and have lasting effects on your body and mind.
Short- and long-term health consequences of stimulants, opioids, and depressants include:
- Dangerously high body temperatures
- An irregular heartbeat
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
While these side effects seem bad, they pale in comparison to addiction. When you become addicted to prescription medication, your body and mind depend on the substance for pleasure, and in some cases, for survival. You may be dealing with an addiction if you develop a tolerance (you need more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects) or you experience withdrawal (unpleasant symptoms) when you try to cut back or stop using the drug.
Other signs and symptoms of addiction are as follows:
- Constantly thinking about drug use
- Seeking and storing prescription drugs
- Visiting multiple doctors to get more drugs
- Avoiding social situations and responsibilities so you can use drugs
- Using drugs despite negative consequences
- Engaging in risky behaviors while you are on drugs
- Losing interest in other parts of your life
- Being unable to stop using or reduce drug use
If you or a loved one are exhibiting any of the behaviors above, please consider admissions at October Road. We offer several options for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care, so you can get the help you need without interrupting your everyday life.
How Does October Road Help?
Conveniently located on Queens Road in Charlotte, North Carolina, our addiction treatment center gives you the tools you need to succeed. We offer various treatment programs and personalize our care to make sure it works for you.
Overcoming prescription drug addiction takes a careful combination of detoxification, medication, and therapy – and you may need multiple courses to make a full recovery. At October Road, we understand how addiction works, and we do everything in our power to help you get better.
We believe in holistic recovery as well, so we view you as more than an addict and take care of you as a whole person. Our committed, compassionate team has been helping people get clean since 2006, and we can help you, too.