Prescription Drug/Opiate Rehab in Alaska
Prescription medication is the second most commonly abused drug in the U.S. Young adults and teens are using them for recreational reasons, causing growing alarm among health professionals and parents. The most common prescription drug choice is opioids, such as Percocet, Vicodin, and Lortab. Sedatives are the second most common, particularly, Xanax and Ambien. Medications for ADHD, like Adderall and Ritalin, are also becoming popular for recreational use. Free by the Sea, located in Ocean Park, WA, offers rehabilitation services to those living in Alaska who are struggling with prescription drug addiction.
Helping residents throughout Alaska, including Anchorage and Juneau.
What Is Prescription Medication?
Prescription medication plays a vital role in the healthcare field, and it often saves lives. Medication is used to treat pain and conditions that affect one’s health and mental well-being. It is extremely dangerous to misuse prescription medication, especially in large doses. Serious bodily harm and even death can occur from abusing prescription medication.
Abusing prescription drugs happens when physician-prescribed medication is taken for something other than its intended use, such as non-medical or recreational purposes. If you have noticed a loved one or yourself abusing prescription medication, seek help immediately. Free by the Sea helps clients suffering from an addiction to prescription drugs. Our supportive staff will assist you in regaining control of your life and achieve a fulfilled life.
How Does a Person Abuse Prescription Drugs?
Using any kind of prescription medication to alter an aspect of your life, such as at school, work, or home, falls under the definition of prescription drug abuse. Typical indicators of abuse include taking medication prescribed to someone else or taking more than the recommended dose, but not everyone shows signs of abuse.
What Signs Are Common for Prescription Drug Abuse?
Strong indicators of prescription drug abuse include:
- Unexpected and mysterious health problems
- Behaving recklessly, such as driving while intoxicated or promiscuity
- Neglecting responsibilities and obligations to work, school, and home life
- Secluding oneself from family and friends
- Drug-related legal issues
- Continuously performing poorly at work or school
- Deteriorating relationships between family, friends, and significant others
- Declining interest in hobbies or responsibilities
- Constant lying or denial of drug use
- Even when dealing with negative consequences, drug use continues
How Does Prescription Drug Treatment Work?
Treatment is structured and designed to assist individuals with decreasing and removing their prescription medication dependency. Counseling is typically involved, whether on-site or off-site. Those struggling with prescription drug issues are taught methods for managing stress and diet, learning life skills and coping techniques, and overcoming the chance of relapse through prevention treatment customized for each person’s needs.
What Is Prescription Drug Addiction/Dependency?
When you become mentally or physically dependent on a medication, it is referred to as prescription drug dependency. Most people assume dependency is only the result of abusing a drug, but some people can become dependent on prescription drugs they are prescribed. Dependency shows how powerful drugs can be over a person’s emotional and physical state.
Prescription drug dependency is exhibited by four major symptoms:
- A physical dependency preventing a person from acting normal without the prescription drug. Without the drug, the individual experiences painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
- An individual no longer feels the effects of the drug and needs more to produce the desired feeling, known as tolerance.
- Dependency is evident when someone loses their self-control and cannot stop taking the prescription drug.
- The person with the dependency exhibits cravings for the drug and are not able to focus. They only think of the drug and are overwhelmed with their craving to have more.
It is a false belief that when a prescription is given, the individual is safe to take it without concern regarding dependency or addiction. Addiction to prescribed medication is possible even when the directions are followed to the letter when taking them. Professional treatment is common and necessary for those taking sedatives and painkillers. Dependency can sneak up on an individual when they are least expecting it.
What Risk Factors Are Associated with Prescription Drug Addiction?
The risk of prescription drug addiction is not limited to one person or group because of gender, age, race, social status, or even religion. People are predisposed to addiction if they have any of the following risk factors:
- History of addiction
- A positive or indifferent attitude about alcohol or drugs
- Dysfunctional childhood or family life
- History of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
- Family who are drug or alcohol dependent, especially parents
- Easily influenced by peer pressure
- Increased chance of mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, or psychosis
- Challenging relationships with family and friends
There are many other factors that contribute to prescription drug addiction, but sometimes people become addicted without having any risk factors. Free by the Sea is here to help you or your loved ones if prescription drug addiction is a problem.
What Does Opiate Rehab Consist Of?
An individual’s recovery is monitored constantly by a doctor to handle withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk for relapse. Withdrawal symptoms vary considerably and depend on the addicted drug of choice. How often the drug was taken, the amount, and the length of time all factor into how severe the withdrawal process will be. Rehabilitation has no set time limit and is determined by the individual’s response to recovery and withdrawal.
Free by the Sea is a beautiful campus, located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our community of dedicated professionals are committed to provide care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our approach. We adhere to evidence-based practices which are focused on successful outcomes for long term recovery. Services provided include:
- 77 treatment beds.
- Masters level addiction counselors.
- High quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
- DBT, CBT, EMDR and trauma informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships.
- Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
- Twelve step meetings include celebrate recovery, wellbriety, dual disorder and AA/NA/GA
- We offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
- Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
- Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
- Nutritionally designed meals to restore health
Why Wait? Call Us Today.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has a prescription drug addiction problem, seek answers and help right away. Start the healing process and contact Free by the Sea. It is important for the individual’s health and well-being to pursue recovery treatment.
Contact Free by the Sea
We are a nationally recognized rehabilitation facility operating out of Ocean Park, WA. Free by the Sea offers prescription drug addiction treatment options customized for each individual’s needs. We also have different methods for recovery and focus on the cause of the addiction and the best way to not relapse. Contact us today to ask more questions or to schedule treatment.