Prescription medication, when taken properly, can be exceedingly helpful in various situations. Pain management after physical trauma or prescriptions to manage mental health concerns can help people live comfortable lives regardless of any illnesses. However, when someone starts taking more than the prescribed dose, or if they are unable to stop taking the drugs even if it is no longer needed, addiction may have already set in. In cases like these, finding a New Hampshire prescription drug addiction center may be the best solution for a healthier future.
Liberty Health Services’ Southern New Hampshire detox facility offers a warm, luxurious environment for clients that are seeking to detox from prescription medication. Our experienced and compassionate staff is committed to providing safe and comfortable detox to our clients and their families. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to prescription medication, contact us at 855.959.4521 to take the first step toward recovery.
Five Common Prescription Drug Traits
Prescription drugs are medications that are vulnerable to abuse, which is why they need to be prescribed by a professional and not available over the counter in order to limit possible misuse. What do these drugs have in common that makes them a cause for addiction? Here are a few traits that prescription drugs have in common:
- Most prescription medications have effects that alter a person’s brain chemistry. This can result in a sedative, relaxing effect, euphoric effect, stimulating effect, or reduction of pain. Due to these effects, people may be tempted to use them recreationally.
- Prescription drugs are more commonly available compared to other illicit substances. It is not unusual to have prescription medications in the family medicine cabinet, making it a tempting choice for those who want to experiment with drugs.
- It is a common misconception that prescription drugs are not dangerous because they are not illegal. That is not the case. The reason why prescription medications are legal is because they serve a medical purpose, but it does not mean that these drugs cannot be misused.
- Due to the brain-altering capabilities of prescription medication, prolonged misuse can cause physical dependence, which can lead to addiction.
- In that same vein, prescription medication can cause uncomfortable and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms when they are removed from someone’s system.
When Is It Time for Prescription Drug Rehab?
Some people might think that a dependence on prescription medication may not be too bad given that some people take them to achieve a normal lifestyle. However, the abuse of prescription medication can lead to some very serious consequences:
- Taking too many opioids can cause lowered breathing rate or can even cause breathing to stop. An overdose of opioids can lead to death.
- Sedatives and anti-anxiety medication can lower blood pressure, slow breathing, and cause cognitive issues. Overdosing can result in coma or death. Suddenly stopping taking the medication can cause seizures.
- Abusing stimulants can lead to aggressiveness, paranoia, hallucinations, tremors, seizures, high blood pressure and body temperature, or heart problems.
When someone develops a tolerance to a drug, this means that they start to need higher doses to achieve the same effect. Once doses get too high, it can intensify the body’s physical dependence, leading to an addiction. An addiction can cause someone to compulsively seek the drug, regardless of any adverse effects it may have on them. When this happens, it is best to look for a prescription drug rehab facility that can assist in detox.
Liberty Health Services Offers Prescription Drug Rehab in New Hampshire
Prescription drug detox can be difficult, and even dangerous, to do without medical supervision. Intense cravings can make someone susceptible to relapse, which can lead to an overdose. At Liberty Health Services, we provide a safe, judgment-free environment where clients can detox safely and comfortably. Contact us at 855.959.4521 to learn more about how we can help. You can also fill out our online form and let us get back to you.