Medications are often prescribed by doctors to alleviate pain, anxiety, or depression for people with chronic illnesses and medical conditions. Patients taking these medications often start with good intentions, but abuse and overuse of prescribed medications can lead to chemical dependency and drug addiction.
If you or someone you love has formed an addiction to prescription drugs, get help at Wyoming Recovery. The medical staff and trained addiction specialists at our drug rehab facility in Casper, WY, have decades of experience treating patients suffering from addiction to prescription meds. They can help you get and stay drug-free.
Start the process online filling out this form or by calling a case manager at (307) 265-3791 to start the admissions process.
Prescription Drug Treatment at Wyoming Recovery
The first step in treating any prescription drug addiction at Wyoming Recovery is getting any and all remaining drugs out of your system. This process — called detox — will vary in length and severity depending on the drug you are addicted to, and how long you have been addicted. For patients with severe chemical dependencies, withdrawal symptoms while going through detox can be life-threatening. The detoxification procedure at Wyoming Recovery is supervised by our trained and licensed medical staff, and patients are monitored 24/7.
Once you have finished detoxification, you will enter one of our inpatient or outpatient drug treatment programs at our drug rehab facility in Casper, WY. These programs are custom-tailored to fit your addiction treatment needs. If you are addicted to opioids, our Suboxone Treatment Program may also be recommended.
We provide holistic treatment of the entire patient, utilizing medical and evidence-based treatment protocols for prescription drug addiction treatment, as well as massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. It all works together to provide patients with high successful recovery rates and healthier lives.
Our dedicated, professional staff is here to provide you with effective drug addiction treatment so you can get sober, stay sober, and take control of our life.
Are you ready to take control of your heroin or prescription drug addiction? You can start the process online filling out this form or by calling a case manager at (307) 265-3791 to start the admissions process.
The Most Common Prescription Drug Addictions
At Wyoming Recovery, we treat patients with addictions to many different prescription medications, including:
These prescription drugs typically fall into one of three categories: stimulants, depressants, and opioids.
Prescription Stimulants Use and Abuse
Stimulants are drugs that give your body a jump-start. They raise your heart rate, blood sugar, and blood pressure, causing a noticeable boost in alertness, energy and attention.
Doctors prescribe stimulants to treat a variety of chronic health issues, including ADHD, ADD, depression, and narcolepsy. Examples of stimulants are dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Dextrostat, ProCentra), lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse), methylphenidate (Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin), and a mix of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall).
These drugs are often abused by taking them in higher doses or by crushing pills and snorting them to increase physical performance and mental focus.
Prescription Depressants Use and Abuse
Millions of people in the U.S. depressants — also called central nervous system (CNS) depressants — to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, and seizures. They are used safely by most patients who suffer from these chronic health issues, even long-term.
Prescription depressants generally fall into two categories, benzodiazepines (like Ativan, Valium, and Xanax) and barbiturates (like Amytal, Nembutal, Luminal, and Seconal).
Abuse of these medications generally occurs by people who use these drugs recreationally and do not have the underlying medical conditions they are designed to treat.
Prescription Opioid Use and Abuse
Opioids are a powerful and highly addictive family of prescription drugs given by doctors for pain relief and pain management, often following surgery.
These drugs can be natural or synthetic (man-made) and are sold and marketed under a variety of names including codeine, oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin), morphine (Astramorph, Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin, and Oramorph SR), and Fentanyl.
Fentanyl — a synthetic opioid similar to morphine — is especially dangerous, as it is 50 to 100 times more powerful than other opioids.
Abuse happens when people start taking more than their prescribed dose or keep taking the medication after they no longer need them. Because these drugs are so addictive, patients can easily form chemical dependencies on them.
What Factors Increase Risk for Prescription Drug Addiction?
There are many reasons why a person may develop a prescription drug addiction. The risk factors will vary greatly depending on the type of drug, but there are general factors that can increase risk, such as:
- family or personal history of substance addictions (including alcohol and tobacco);
- specific pre-existing mental illnesses and psychiatric conditions;
- peer pressure, especially if the person is a teen or in their early 20s;
- easy access to prescription drugs (such as in a shared family medicine cabinet); and/or
- lack of awareness about the harmful effects of prescription drug addictions.
What Are Common Signs of a Prescription Drug Addiction?
A person with a prescription drug addiction may exhibit uncontrollable cravings and behaviors that aren’t indicative of their normal personality. This is usually because of the chemical changes occurring in their brain. Common signs of prescription drug addiction may include:
- erratic mood swings exhibiting hostility, agitation, anxiety, or paranoia;
- changes in energy levels (feeling euphoric or lethargic);
- changes in sleep patterns (increases or decreases);
- taking higher-than-prescribed doses of medicines;
- requesting early refills for prescriptions;
- seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors;
- theft of or forging prescriptions from others;
- poor decision-making and concentration;
- slurred speech and poor coordination;
- issues with memory or confusion; and/or
- physical changes in blood pressure, heartbeat, body temperature, or appetite.
The symptoms of prescription drug addiction will vary by person and the type of prescription drug. Potential consequences of prescription drug addiction include adverse health effects, increased risky behaviors caused by poor judgment, compromised relationships with others, decreased academic or work performance, and an increased risk of involvement in motor vehicle accidents or illegal activities.
Contact Wyoming Recovery for Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
If your addiction to prescription drugs is forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life, let Wyoming Recovery in Casper, WY help. Our addiction specialists and trained staff will put you on the right track to overcoming your addiction and improve your overall health and well-being. Start the process online filling out this form or by calling a case manager at (307) 265-3791 to start the admissions process.