Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

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Prescription Drugs

Sovereign Health of California has been at the forefront of treating prescription drug addiction. Our four California facilities – San Clemente, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and Rancho San Diego (adolescent program) – have developed prescription drug abuse treatment programs that tackle the physical addiction and the psychological factors fueling it.

 The Prescription Drug Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have described prescription drug addiction as an epidemic. Prescription drug abuse involves nearly every demographic. Young people often find their way to prescription drugs by looting the medicine cabinet. The elderly, who take an average of four or more prescription drugs, often become addicted to their own medication. A senior who is addicted to opioids may display the classic symptoms of prescription drug addiction, but friends and family may attribute these to growing old.

Prescription drug use has also caused a surge in heroin addiction and overdoses. As the price for prescription drugs soars, destitute addicts often resort to heroin for a cheaper alternative.

The Toll Of Drug Overdoses

In 2013, 35,369 people died in automobile crashes, while 33,636 died from guns. The same year, 47,471 people died from drug overdoses, more than half involving prescription drugs. The reasons for this surge in prescription drug abuse and ODs are complex but not unfathomable. In short:

  1. The U.S. is the number one consumer of opioids (80 percent). In 2012, American physicians wrote over 280 million opioid prescriptions for a population of 312.8 million people.
  2. Lack of oversight. Every state except for Missouri has a prescription drug monitoring program. These are statewide databases that allow prescribers, pharmacists, even law enforcement to review a patient’s prescription drug history. By monitoring this activity, prescribers can determine if a patient is doctor shopping for opioid prescriptions. But these databases are not connected; there is no national monitoring program.
  3. Patients still believe that a prescription drug must be inherently safe. At first blush, very few people will accept as fact that OxyContin is as addictive as heroin.

Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab And Recovery

Sovereign Health creates a treatment plan unique to each patient who is in need of prescription drug addiction rehab and recovery. During the intake process, we thoroughly assess each patient. This assessment has a two-fold purpose. First, because many individuals addicted to powerful drugs such as prescription opioids may have an underlying mental health issue, the assessment provides our clinicians with a complete mental and physical health workup of the patient. Second, this assessment provides the blueprint for the individualized treatment plan. Treatment that fails to address underlying conditions is ineffective and does the patient a disservice.

A patient addicted to prescription opioids may require detox before starting treatment. Detox is serious business and should only be carried out under professional supervision. Anyone attempting to go cold turkey on his or her prescription drug addiction could seize, stroke or possibly die. Many of Sovereign Health’s facilities provide detox services prior to prescription drug addiction treatment.

Before patients enter our care, staff clinicians will lay out a personalized treatment regimen. We draw from a holistic mix of evidence-based and alternative therapies. Available therapies vary by location, but can include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Process group therapy
  • Psychosocial and biopsychosocial assessment
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Substance abuse education groups
  • Brain wellness

Why Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health stands above other prescription drug rehabs as a leader in the treatment of mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis. Our California treatment facilities are accredited by the Joint Commission and manned by a professional staff of clinicians, counselors, case managers and house managers who work as a single entity to ensure our patients receive the best behavioral health treatment in the country. Please contact our 24/7 helpline for more information about treatment options at our prescription drug rehab centers.

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