Nearly all people checking into drug treatment clinics for prescription drug addiction or abuse may have abused a dozen or more different prescription drugs because they’re a part of a new culture that celebrates pill-popping as a way of life.
Using prescription drugs recreationally is common across America, from grade schools through high school, college and on to the workplace. Even seniors, particularly aging “baby boomers,” are reaching for prescription medications like never before to get high, instead of classic street drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. And if one prescription medication isn’t available, nearly any other one will do. Marijuana is consumed more than prescription drugs.
This trend has resulted in soaring rates of prescription drug addiction everywhere in the nation. Opioid painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab and lots of more, including the generic opioids oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and morphine, are dangerously addictive and have generated tens of thousands of cases of prescription drug addiction. Some of these, particularly OxyContin and methadone, are killing more Americans than all illegal drugs on the street combined.
The recreational prescription drug culture has led to most cases of prescription drug addiction, but a large minority — some believe as much as 40% — have become addicted after taking legitimate prescriptions exactly as a doctor ordered. Prescription drugs can cause great devastation to one’s life as portrayed in the video below.
Some experts state that the soaring abuse rates derive from a perception that prescription medications are safer than street drugs. Prescription medications may be safer than street drugs concerning purity — street drugs are cut and contaminated with all sorts of unknown and potentially dangerous substances. But as anyone who suffers from full-blown prescription drug addiction will attest, there is nothing safe about prescription drugs as soon as you’re either dead or addicted.
This safety notion about prescription drugs evaporates when you consider that prescription narcotics, antipsychotics, tranquilizers and a lot of other medications can get you hooked or killed as easily and quickly as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine.
Prescription drug addiction is based on the fact that prescription drugs can and do get people high. And prescription medications are safer to obtain and are available everywhere — there’s no need to lurk in dark alleys or seedy parts of town to find them.
It is reported by Light Drug Rehab that prescription medications are passed around among friends and relatives by the thousands daily. They are sitting out for the taking on kitchen counters, in medicine cabinets, and on bedside tables in almost every home in America.
Yes, many of those suffering from prescription drug addiction wind up supporting their habits by buying stolen prescription drugs from street dealers. But most get their fix by faking symptoms to get prescriptions from a doctor — a lot safer than scoring cocaine or heroin from a street dealer.
Until the government, the medical profession, and especially the public, wake up to the fact that prescription drug addiction is a serious epidemic, the issues will continue.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people addicted to prescription medication flow into drug rehab Midland TX centers daily seeking help, and more and more are turning to more comprehensive medically-based detox practices, rather than submitting themselves to the difficult, hit-and-miss one-size-fits-all drug detox modality so widespread, and so ineffective.
These newly-developed protocols closely consider each patient’s unique metabolism and DNA, the condition of health, the sort of drug or drugs used, and the extent of physical dependence. They supply selected assistive therapies where needed, and watchful 24/7 medical supervision is always present during the detox period. For more information, visit Light Drug Rehab’s Vimeo.