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Prescription Drug Addiction

Those seeking help from prescription drug addiction should know they are not alone. It is a significant problem in the United States and costs of treatment may be covered by insurance. The important thing is to take the first step toward healthiness and freedom from addiction.

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The Rampant Problem of Prescription Drug Addiction

The numbers are astounding. The Mayo Clinic says that 70% of all Americans are taking at least one prescription drug. One in 10 is taking some form of antidepressant. In women ages 40-60, one in four is on some form of antidepressant.

A staggering 80% of all opioids sold in the world are consumed in the U.S. Pain pills follow only cancer treatment drugs as the most prescribed drugs on the planet.

Benzos and painkillers, in particular, can be highly addictive. Some will be surprised to learn the majority of these drugs are not being sold on dark side streets. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was quoted in a CNBC interview as saying, “The majority of … these misused prescription opioids are coming from legally written prescriptions,” It is no wonder so many are seeking prescription drug treatment.

Prescription drugs are big business in America and along with it, there is an increasing prescription medication abuse and addiction problem. This has led to the growth in the number of prescription drug rehab centers. Prescription drug abuse is a real problem and the right prescription drug treatment program can offer real help. One should carefully consider their options when choosing a treatment program for prescription drug addiction.

The “Normalcy” of Prescription Drugs

Part of the problem with prescription drugs is that they have become normalized in the United States. More than half of us are on two or more prescription drugs. Many expect to be prescribed some form of drug upon every visit to the doctor. For those who are diabetic or suffering from high blood pressure, these prescription drugs can provide valuable benefits. For many, however, a psychological dependence may develop. This is why a holistic treatment for prescription drug abuse is frequently beneficial.

What is Holistic Treatment for Prescription Drug Rehab?

Holistic treatment for prescription drug rehab takes the whole person into consideration. Rather than just addressing symptoms of addiction, holistic healing considers their physical, emotional, spiritual, and even nutritional needs. Holistic treatment can involve a variety of approaches, including:

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Elements of ancient Far Eastern healing practices

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Conventional drug rehabilitation therapies

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Forward-thinking alternative therapies

The goal of holistic prescription drug treatment is to eventually inspire the patient to take responsibility for his or her well-being in order to achieve optimal health.

Four Phases of Prescription Drug Rehab

Elevate Addiction Services’ holistic rehabs in San Jose offer innovative, individualized prescription drug treatment programs for those addicted to painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, sleep aids, and more. The non-12-Step prescription drug rehab programs are based on progress and results rather than just time. The average in-patient program is 90 days but it also depends on the individual. Our tranquil Northern California treatment center offers a beautiful setting for recovery that takes place in four phases.

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1. Detox. These are usually the hardest days of withdrawal and while some medication may be prescribed to help during this period, the goal is to get patients off all harmful substances before moving to the next phase of treatment. A variety of comforting holistic healing practices are used through this process.

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2. Physical Healing. The focus is on restoring the body to wellness including physical activities and a restorative diet. As physical energy is restored, patients are ready for the next phase.

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3. Emotional Recovery. Too often the emotional aspects of prescription drug rehab can be minimalized or even overlooked. This is a critical part of the holistic healing process. Patients may face a variety of issues they previously used prescription drugs to help them through.

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4. Aftercare. The problem of prescription drug addiction is real and so is the opportunity for relapse. The aftercare programs at addiction treatment centers should be designed for the individual to keep patients focused, on-track, and are prepared emotionally and physically to stay on the path to wellness.

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