Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment  
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Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

ARKANSAS - Drug rehabs throughout the country are not created equally. It is important to get all the information possible when it comes to drug rehabilitation facilities and their treatment methods.

State to state, prescription abuse issues vary. However, prescription drug abuse overall has been soaring. More readily available, and with the misconception that if a doctor has prescribed it, then it must be safe, more and more people are abusing and becoming addicted to prescribed medications.

The DEA1 (United States Drug Enforcement Administration) reports that current investigations indicate that diversion of hydrocodone products such as Vicodin� and oxycodone products such as OxyContin�, as well as morphine and pseudoephedrine, continues to be a problem in Arkansas. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by healthcare professionals and workers, �doctor shopping� (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), forged prescriptions, employee theft, pharmacy theft, and the Internet. Demerol� and Dilaudid� were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Arkansas.

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The Arkansas Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel published a letter to the state of Arkansas entitled, Teen Prescription Drug Abuse: An Alarming Trend, in August, 20082.2 In it, he wrote, "According to a recent study, prescription drug abuse by Arkansas teenagers between the ages of 12-17 is higher than prescription drug abuse by teens in any other state in the nation. Yet, Arkansas teenagers are not alone in experiencing this problem. In fact, prescription drug abuse is a persistent, yet rarely discussed, problem affecting millions of teenagers today.
In a February 2007 study, the Office of National Drug Control writes, �Next to marijuana, the most common illegal drugs teens are using to get high are prescription medications. Teens are abusing prescription drugs because they believe the myth that these drugs provide a medically safe high.� This common misconception leads some teens to bring prescription drugs from their home and share them with kids at school, or participate in �pharm/pharming parties� where they pour the prescription drugs they�ve obtained into a bowl and ingest a random assortment or otherwise barter for the pills they desire."

The National Drug Intelligence Center3 - Arkansas Drug Threat Assessment had already reported in October 2003, Other dangerous drugs (ODDs) pose varying threats to Arkansas. ODDs include the club drugs MDMA, GHB and its analogs, LSD, and Rohypnol; the hallucinogen psilocybin; inhalants; and diverted pharmaceuticals, including hydrocodone (Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), codeine, and benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax.) Club drugs and psilocybin are transported into Arkansas in private vehicles, by couriers aboard commercial aircraft, and via package delivery services. Many of these drugs are distributed and abused by middle-class, suburban young adults and college students at raves, nightclubs, and on college campuses. Inhalant abusers, primarily adolescents, inhale chemical vapors from a variety of substances, many of which are common household products. Diverted pharmaceuticals generally are obtained throughout the state by diversion techniques including improper prescribing practices, prescription forgery, and "doctor shopping."

woman with head in hands, deep in worryOne thing is for certain, for the drug addict of prescription medications, the dwindling spiral will continue on its downward path unless action is taken. NOW is the time to do something before the addicted person winds up in jail or dead of an overdose or accident. Unfortunately past failed attempts to overcome addiction only further depress the individual so it comes as no surprise that fear and hesitation. 

In the state of Arkansas there is an increased need for effective drug and alcohol rehab and addiction treatment centers as drug and alcohol use continues to escalate. Drug use erodes the quality of life not only for the user, but for their families and communities. Marriages and families are torn apart by mistrust, betrayal, fear and anger. Careers are ruined; companies lose millions of dollars in lost production time; cities and suburbs become degraded by the increased crime and violence that goes with drug trafficking and drug addiction.

From city to suburb to rural life, drug and alcohol use and abuse continues to undermine the quality of life for Arkansas citizens. To do nothing for the addict, should not be an option. Something can be done; help is available.

Should a chronic drug or alcohol abuser attend a treat program close to home?

Man at wall, deep in thoughtDrug and alcohol addiction typically involves habitual routines in the environmental scope of the individual, i.e. the locations of their drug or alcohol use, the people they associated with in the activities of drug or alcohol use, etc. Drug or alcohol addiction is not just drug and alcohol use, it revolves around people and things in their immediate environment which help to trigger the addictive behavior. The abusers location and routines of drug and alcohol use further trigger drug and alcohol use. It is the constant and seemingly unstoppable drug or alcohol use and the hopelessness of day to day existence which perpetuates the problem and inhibits the native desire to stop ruining their life through the use of drugs and alcohol.

The above factor should not be over looked when considering a treatment center location. The first two weeks of treatment are always the most difficult and there are many factors at work to make this so. In addition to what has been covered above, a more basic factor is this; people are creatures of habit. Even overwhelmingly positive and beneficial changes in life, such as the birth of a child or a new job does not guarantee the individual will have no thoughts of missing past negative activities such as, drug or alcohol use, drug or drinking acquaintances and other associated activities. Factually this is the normal reactive auto response of most human beings; to do what they are familiar with; good or bad. It is not really that they yearn for these things, it is just all that they have known for some time. If the abuser is close to home when overwhelming feelings manifest themselves, there is a good chance he or she will leave and get back to what they know, drug addiction, as it is not very far away . Due to these factors, attending a drug rehab close to home is seldom the correct treatment option for chronic drug or alcohol abusers. It is extremely therapeutic to be distanced from their former association with drug dealers, bars, the cabinet where the alcohol was kept, the cigar box where the cocaine was stored, etc. All these triggers make the task of sobriety seem insurmountable to the chronic drug or alcohol abuser as these triggers continuously stimulate a reminder of their past addictive behaviors.

For individuals with a severe drug or alcohol addiction problem, choosing a long term inpatient treatment program is another key to a successful outcome. By providing a new, safe trigger free environment, distanced from past negative associations and surroundings for an extended period of time, the chance for success increases dramatically.

Our program provides people with positive circumstances to increase their chances for a successful recovery. The vast majority of students entering our program, around (80%), are from out of state or from other countries.

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Review the following conditions for drug addiction; a person only has to comply with a few to be considered dependent:
 

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  • The user continues to use even if they know it is damaging for them.

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  • Damaging effects due to drug use on the addicts themselves and people in their environment (includes problems at work or school, arguments with other people, illnesses).
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    • Failed attempts to control the drug use or the their behavior.
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      • Psychological dependence (desire, varying from very little to very severe).
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        • Tolerance (need more medication to still feel the effects).
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          • Use more frequently and in higher doses than planned.
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            • Use the substance or carry out certain behavior to reduce the withdrawal symptoms.

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            • Withdrawal symptoms (get all kinds of physical reactions after one stops).

Sources:
1 - DEA - Arkansas Facts - web page
2 - Arkansas State Attorney letter - web page
3 - National Drug Intelligence Center - web page
 
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