Prescription Drug Abuse Programs in Naples Florida

Prescription drugs contain psychoactive substances which have a high potential for abuse if taken over long durations or in quantities not prescribed. There are some who abuse these substances who began using them as prescribed by a doctor. Some become addicted, leading to drug abuse and many then turn to illegal methods of obtaining them.

Prescription drug abuse treatment programs are expanding to offer help to people with prescription drug abuse problems. To learn more about your options when seeking treatment, contact Drug Treatment Naples at (239) 687-3421 today.

Common Prescription Drug Abuse Substances

  • Opioids - prescribed for chronic or acute pain and include: codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone
  • Sedatives - prescribed for anxiety and sleeplessness and include: alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, eszopiclone, zaleplon, zolpidem
  • Stimulants - prescribed for hyperactivity disorders and include: dextroamphetamine,

    methylphenidate, amphetamines

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Medication Abuse

Opioids:

  • constipation
  • low blood pressure
  • disorientation
  • excessive perspiration
  • depression
  • suppressed breathing

Sedatives, anti-anxiety medications:

  • insomnia,
  • memory loss
  • unsteady gait
  • disorientation
  • poor judgment

Stimulants:

  • weight loss
  • sleeplessness
  • restlessness
  • impulsiveness
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • elevated blood pressure
  • heartbeat irregularities

Drug Abuse Facts: The DEA Schedule of Drugs

Prescription drugs fall into DEA Schedules II through V classifications. Schedule I drugs have no approved medical use, such as heroin or cocaine. The following examples are where some popular drugs fall:

Schedule II (High potential for abuse, could lead to psychological or physical dependence and considered dangerous) includes:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Meperidine
  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Dexedrine

Schedule III (Moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence) includes:

  • Products with less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dose (Tylenol with codeine)

Schedule IV (Low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence) includes:

  • Xanax
  • Soma
  • Darvon
  • Darvocet
  • Valium
  • Ambien

Schedule V (Lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of limited quantities of certain narcotics) includes:

  • Cough preparations with codeine (Robitussin AC),

Treatment for Hydrocodone Abuse

Hydrocodone addiction:

  • A medical detox is conducted to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
  • Maintenance medications are given to maintain sobriety:
  • Buprenorphine - lessens withdrawal pain
  • Methadone - helps the transition to abstinence by imitating some effects of

    hydrocodone.

  • Nalaxone - reverses opioid overdose
  • Naltrexone - blocks the brain's opioid receptors

Treatment for Opiates Abuse

Opiates addiction:

  • A medical detox is conducted to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
  • Maintenance medications are given to maintain sobriety.
  • Suboxone - fills the brain's opioid receptors without euphoric effects, minimizes

    withdrawal symptoms, and also is a long-term maintenance tool

  • Xanax - for panic disorders, agitation and anxiety, also relieves the symptoms of

    opiates withdrawal

Drug Abuse Health Risks

There are numerous health risks associated with common prescription drug abuse including:

  • Opioids: low blood pressure, choking, confusion, drowsiness, constipation, repressed breathing, stopped breathing, coma, death
  • Sedatives: memory loss, low blood pressure, repressed breathing, stopped breathing, liver damage, suicide, coma, death
  • Stimulants: fever, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, headache, flushed skin, panic, agitation, chest pains, seizures, tremors, hallucinations, aggressiveness

Getting Help

Prescription medication abuse is a serious problem, but help is available. Treatment centers are only a phone call away. Qualified and licensed staff will address any questions or concerns you may have and offer assistance. Experienced staff and the best facilities can help people recover. Living a healthy and sober life is the goal. Thorough assessments are given, so needs are met and your health is put first.

Detoxification, therapies, counseling and aftercare services are all part of the comprehensive drug rehab options available. Call Drug Treatment Naples today at (239) 687-3421 to get the help you or a loved one needs to take control and recover from your addiction.

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