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Most Commonly Abused Prescriptions

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Prescription drug abuse occurs when prescribed medication is used in a way that is not intended—for example, taking your friend’s prescription painkillers for a backache. Another example is grinding up pills to snort them with the intent of getting high. Risks of this type of addiction include overdose and mental health issues. With that in mind, prescription addiction in Ohio is a growing concern. 

At Midwest Center at Youngstown, we have developed programs to address prescription pill addiction in Ohio. We are here to support you and your loved ones break free from the hold of substance use disorder. Give us a call at 844.544.0502 to get started on the road to prescription addiction recovery.

Prescription Addiction in Ohio: Opioids and Other Commonly Abused Prescriptions

At one point, Ohio ranked in the top ten among the states with the highest rate of opioid-related deaths. More than half of overdose deaths involve opioid medication. Opioids are a class of drugs usually prescribed for pain relief. Some commonly prescribed opioids are oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine.  

Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

Prescription opioids work with nerve cells in the brain and body. In addition to pain relief, these prescriptions produce a feeling of euphoria. Concerningly, even when taken as prescribed, opioid prescriptions can create dependence and lead to addiction. 

If your or someone you love uses opioids, below are some physical and psychological symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Shallow, slow breathing rate
  • Intense nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Shaking, sweating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of motivation

The misuse of prescription opioids can cause serious health concerns. Since these medications deal with nerve receptors in the brain, abuse can cause lowered production of endorphins in the brain. Not only can misuse damage the brain, but also the heart and other vital organs. Furthermore, misuse of opioid prescriptions can lead to the development of mental health disorders. 

Other Commonly Abused Prescriptions

Besides opioids, other commonly abused prescriptions are central nervous system (CNS) depressants and stimulants. CNS depressants include barbiturates and benzodiazepines widely prescribed for anxiety or sleep problems. Stimulants are also readily available prescription medications frequently prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, or obesity. 

Treatment for Pill Addiction in Ohio

At Midwest Center at Youngstown in Ohio, we provide a prescription drug addiction treatment program covering a wide variety of prescription drugs. We recognize that not all addictions are the same, so we offer various services as part of each client’s individualized treatment plan, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Trauma therapy

These therapies are science- and evidence-based and a standard part of our individual counseling program. To provide support from your peers, we use group therapy as part of your treatment program. We also incorporate holistic, mindfulness-based therapy options into our programs to allow for a well-rounded approach. We believe that when your mind, body, and soul are aligned, treatment is even more powerful. 

Prescription Addiction Recovery at Midwest Center at Youngstown

If you or a loved one needs treatment for prescription drug addiction, Midwest Center at Youngstown is here to help. Our treatment specialists will conduct an evaluation to identify any mental health disorders at the root of your prescription drug addiction, then discuss treatment options to best suit your level of addiction and specific needs.

If you are ready to get help with prescription drug addiction, find out if our prescription drug addiction treatment program is right for you. Call Midwest Center at Youngstown at 844.544.0502 to learn more about how we can help you begin your journey of lifetime recovery and sobriety.