Illicit substances, like heroin, crystal meth, or cocaine, are not the only drugs that can be dangerous and addictive. Prescription drugs, for example, are highly effective at providing pain relief and having numbing or stimulant properties. While highly effective, prescription drugs were not always seen as dangerous. It is because of this that prescription drug abuse can develop quickly and without much warning. Even individuals who begin taking prescription drugs and painkillers for legitimate reasons can find themselves feeling dependent on their medications if they take incorrect doses or take a temporary medication for too long. For that reason, it’s important to know how to identify the signs of prescription drug abuse, which may include:
- An increase/decrease in sleep
- Behaving extremely hyper or appearing sedated
- Prolonged use of a drug even after pain or discomfort has stopped
- An increased tolerance that requires more pills to achieve the same effect
- No interest in treatment options that don’t involve medication
- “Losing” drugs or making up symptoms to obtain another prescription
- Buying prescriptions or taking medication from friends/family
- Withdrawal symptoms, such as body aches or night sweats, when doses aren’t taken
“I would not be where I am today without The Last Resort Recovery Center. The biggest two components that helped me the most were the staff and culture. They encouraged me to surround myself with a group of men that would hold me accountable, but at the same time show me how to have fun sober. Amazing staff and beautiful secluded property.”
– Austin B.
Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
While legislation and healthcare guidelines have been put in place to limit the misuse or recreational use of prescription drugs, there is still a high risk for individuals to develop an addiction to painkillers, stimulants, or sedatives. The effects of prescription drug abuse on the mind and body can result in:
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased Tolerance
- Poor Coordination & Concentration
- Poor Decision Making
- Reduced Appetite
- Slow Breathing
- Slurred Speech
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the side effects of prolonged prescription drug use, contact The Last Resort Recovery to learn more about our residential addiction treatment program.
How We Treat Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction can happen quickly. While an individual may take prescription drugs and painkillers to manage chronic pain or other conditions, an increased tolerance can lead to dependence or abuse of a prescription drug. At The Last Resort, we offer prescription drug addiction treatment programs near Austin that are meant to provide sustained sobriety.
Our programs and treatment options include:
Entering treatment for prescription drug addiction may seem daunting at first, but we offer a welcoming, private atmosphere near Austin where our clients can begin healing. Our programs are focused on evidence-based, effective treatments that can be adapted for men of all ages and backgrounds. Through these programs and our culture of brotherhood, we are committed to supporting one another through the process of reaching and maintaining sobriety.
"The Last Resort has been the most effective resource available to my Son who is celebrating two years of recovery. The skilled staff prepared a detailed recovery roadmap with major milestones and supported his journey with hands-on professional guidance and aggressive follow-up. The process provides realistic action plans with foreword looking goals."
- Randell F.
"The Last Resort helped turn my brother's life around. I am very thankful for the help he received from this recovery center. It has been a few years that he was in treatment here and he now helps others on their path to recovery."
- Leslie E.
Get Help For Your Prescription Drug Abuse
If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse, we want to help. Our addiction treatment program is open to men of all ages, including college students, professionals, and seniors. We offer the highest quality addiction treatment for any man who is ready and willing to commit to lifelong sobriety. Our 55-acre ranch is centrally located near Austin, Houston, and Dallas, and we welcome men from across the state and the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been taking a prescription drug for longer than originally prescribed, or if you are taking bigger doses than prescribed, you may have a prescription drug addiction. Additional signs include requiring more pills to achieve the same desired effect, experiencing withdrawal symptoms without prescription drugs, or buying prescriptions when you can no longer obtain them yourself.
Certain prescription drugs, such as opioid painkillers, stimulants, and sedatives, can have mind-altering properties. Because of these properties, commonly abused drugs include: Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodyn, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Ritalin, and Adderall. Abuse of these prescription drugs has been rising, particularly among young people — college students and young professionals — at a higher rate than ever before. As such, it’s important to seek treatment early to prevent abuse from becoming a lifelong problem.
Because of their mind-altering properties, some of the effects of prescription drug abuse include anxiety, confusion, drowsiness, euphoria, insomnia, paranoia, and poor decision making.
The first step to recovery is acceptance. If you’ve acknowledged that you may be abusing prescription drugs, you should contact a rehab facility with experience treating substance abuse. At The Last Resort, we offer evidence-based treatments for prescription drug abuse that are tailored for every man. Contact us to speak to our admissions counselors or to learn more about our programs.