“I believed there were only AA and NA [Narcotics Anonymous] for my ‘crank’ use and I knew – I just knew these wouldn’t work. Then after a particularly nasty run, which I thought I kept from my probation officer, he gave me a choice of getting into treatment or going back to prison. I was startled when he handed me a full-page list of different places I could go. There was an NA program made up of speed freaks like myself. There was a mental health program near my apartment. There were places I could go to live while kicking [detoxing.] The only problem was waiting for an open slot.”
One man shares his story*, which can sadly represent a large part of our population. Access to treatment can be limited, and even when you’re in a program prescription drug abuse help is never a guarantee.
It should also be noted that “crank” or “speed” and stimulants like Adderall are no different from one another, and the treatment needed is equally vital.
Prescription drug abuse statistics, facts, demographics, and effects can paint the picture, but they do not help treat the real people who are suffering.
Millions of people are in the throes of abuse and addiction like Johnny in the example of abusing and becoming addicted to Vicodin.
So what kinds of prescription drug abuse help are actually available?
Inpatient rehab, for those who can be away from home and work in order to heal, offers accountability and 24-7 support.
Outpatient rehab, for people who cannot be away from home and work, allows someone with a prescription drug abuse problem to seek help everyday without living onsite.
Sober living houses provide a safe and secure environment for people who need a little extra support before, during, and after formal rehab.
With various options of treatment though, how can you pick which prescription drug abuse help is best for you?
First start with medically-monitored detoxification. Drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and other painkillers have extremely painful withdrawal symptoms, and detox from some other drugs can be fatal if not properly supervised.
Next, figure out what makes the most sense for you. Would it be best to heal while being away from home, not exposed to the people you used with, and not around situations that could easily lead to a relapse? Inpatient treatment.
Balboa Horizons offers a stellar inpatient program for prescription drug abuse help.
We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately at 877-309-4593.
*Quote taken from the book Uppers, Downers, All Arounders by Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D. & William E. Cohen.