Prescription Drug Dangers

Florida, a state once notorious for the frightening ease with which anyone could obtain a legal prescription for powerful narcotics, has cracked down on these pills mills. During a 6 month time period in 2010, there were 1,268 deaths related to prescription drugs in Florida. That is 7 deaths a day. Once a destination for people across the county trying to obtain prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, lawmakers and residents have taken steps to make it more difficult for people to obtain these drugs. It raises the question: how did it get so bad in the first place? A combination of unethical doctors, lack of regulations, ignorance surrounding the dangers of prescription pills and no means of tracking these prescriptions provided the ideal conditions for this epidemic to take off.

Current measures taken to fight this trend include making more arrests. However, arresting people for prescription drugs is complicated by the fact that these drugs are legal. While numerous doctors have been arrested for over prescribing these drugs, they can defend their actions by saying that thought that what they were prescribing was appropriate for the level of pain the patient was experiencing. Making arrests is further made more difficult because the drugs can be purchased legally and then distributed illegally.

Increase in prescription drug abuse, particularly opiates, has also been linked to an increase in heroin use. It is a sign of the progression of the disease of addiction. People who may have never done an illicit drug in their life can find themselves addicted to a painkiller that they were legally prescribed and when they run out or if the doctor stops prescribing it to them, they will turn to heroin which produces a very similar high.

People who use prescriptions drugs and combine them with other drugs are in even more danger of overdosing. Prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines and opiates, slow down breathing and when mixed with alcohol this effect is exacerbated and can lead to death. Also many prescription painkillers contain acetaminophen which when mixed with alcohol can lead to liver problems.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have a problem with prescription drugs, you are not alone. The care coordinators at There is a Solution are available 24/7 to answer your questions and work with you to find you the help you needs. You can contact us by calling (800) 832-5250.

Florida Opiate Treatment Programs

 

Florida opiate treatment programs gently transition clients through the different stages of the recovery process, gradually walking them towards a new, healthy way of life. The focus is not only on healing from the trauma of addiction and mending broken relationships, but on implementing practical changes that can sustain long term recovery.

The treatment process for opiate addiction depends partially on the type of opiate being used. Opiates refer both to illicit substances, such as heroin, as well as prescriptioin painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin. For those who suffer from chronic pain and became addiction to prescription medication that they legally obtained through a doctor, a treatment plan that included alternative pain management techniques would be recommended. This would include treatments such as massage, acupuncture and tai chi.

Family programs play an important role in Florida’s opiate treatment programs. Opiate addiction has devastating consequences for everyone touched by addiction. Family and friends of individuals struggling with substance abuse issues often feel powerless as they watch someone they care about spiral out of control in their addiction. The addict will often hurt those close to them the most, lying to and manipulating those that want nothing more than to help.  Dysfunction with in the family of origin has been identified as one of the factors that can potentially contribute to addictive behaviors. Part of the recovery process is fixing fractured relationships and teaching family members how to let go of enabling behaviors that can perpetuate the addict’s use and start learning how to be supportive while still maintaining boundaries.

Of course addiction is not only a physical disease, but a mental and spiritual illness as well. Depending on your needs, different clinical groups and therapies, including dual diagnosis treatment with a board certified psychiatrist, trauma therapy, spiritual counseling and art therapies, are available.

There is a Solution is a drug and alcohol treatment placement service. We find help for people who need it. With so many treatment options and facilities, choosing a drug program can seem like an overwhelming process. We help simplify this process by supplying you with all the information you need to know about different treatment programs, including cost and the different insurance programs that they accept.

To learn more about the process of recovering from opiate addiction or to find a treatment center that is tailored to your needs, call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.