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Prescription to Addiction

07 January, 2022Articles, News

Understanding Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive issue, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. In South Africa, this problem often remains hidden, but its consequences can be devastating. In this article, we’ll explore the challenges of prescription drug abuse, the importance of seeking help, and how Crossroads Recovery Centre, with its reputation as one of the best rehabs in South Africa, offers a lifeline to those in need of addiction recovery.

Prescription Drug Abuse Unveiled

Prescription drug abuse extends beyond merely taking a friend’s painkiller for a headache. It involves using prescription medications in ways not intended by the prescribing doctor. This can range from snorting or injecting pills to achieve a high to taking larger doses to experience the same effect. Regardless of the method, the consequences can be severe.

One alarming trend is the abuse of prescription drugs among older adults, often in conjunction with alcohol. These medications can trigger the brain’s reward centre, leading to physical dependence and addiction. Shockingly, statistics show that more than 18 million people aged 12 and older have used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes in the past year, affecting over 6% of the South African population.

Understanding the Classes of Abused Prescription Drugs

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has identified three classes of prescription drugs commonly abused:

  1. Opioids: These medications are primarily used to manage pain. However, prolonged use can lead to abuse, dependence, and addiction. Opioid overdose is a grave concern, potentially leading to life-threatening breathing problems or even death.
  2. Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants: Benzodiazepines, often prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders, can become addictive. Over time, larger doses may be required to achieve the desired effects. Combining these drugs with alcohol can have dire consequences, including a slowed heartbeat and breathing. Withdrawal from CNS depressants can even lead to seizures without proper treatment.
  3. Stimulants: Initially used to treat conditions like asthma and obesity, stimulants are now prescribed for ADHD, ADD, and depression. These drugs raise heart rate, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Misuse or combining them with decongestants can result in irregular heartbeat and elevated body temperature.

The Path to Recovery

The good news is that substance use disorders, including prescription drug addiction, are treatable. Effective treatment takes into account the specific drug involved and the individual’s unique needs. It often involves detoxification and counselling to address the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

One successful approach is the 12-Step model, which provides support, encouragement, and accountability for those committed to recovery. Sponsorship and regular meetings foster a strong social support system that has helped countless individuals maintain sobriety.

Crossroads Recovery Centre: Your Partner in Recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug addiction, know that help is available. The road to recovery may be challenging, but Crossroads Recovery Centre is here to guide you toward a life of sobriety and health.

As one of the best rehabilitation centres in South Africa, Crossroads offers comprehensive addiction treatment, including detoxification and counselling. Their 12-Step programmes and supportive community can be your lifeline to recovery. No matter how bleak things may seem, hope is just a phone call away.

Whether you’re grappling with addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol, or food, Crossroads Recovery Centre is equipped to provide the help you need. Contact us today for a free assessment, and take the first step toward a brighter, addiction-free future.

Take the courageous step towards a healthier, addiction-free life today. At Crossroads Recovery Centre in Johannesburg, we offer a compassionate and comprehensive approach to addiction treatment. Our dedicated team is here to support you on your journey to recovery. Contact us now, and let’s walk this path together, towards a brighter future.

Reclaim your life from the clutches of addiction at Crossroads Recovery Centre in Pretoria. We understand the challenges you face, and our experienced team is ready to guide you towards a brighter, substance-free tomorrow. Don’t wait; reach out to us today, and let’s start your journey to recovery together. Your new beginning is just a call away.

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