The nonmedical use and abuse of prescription drugs is a serious public health problem in the United States. Although most people take prescription medications responsibly, an estimated 52 million people (20 percent of those aged 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at least once in their lifetimes. The abuse of certain prescription drugs – opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants can lead to a variety of adverse health effects, including addiction. Among those who reported past-year nonmedical use of a prescription drug, nearly 14 percent met criteria for abuse of or dependence on it. The reasons for the high prevalence of prescription drug abuse vary by age, gender, and other factors, but likely include greater availability.
Because there are various types of prescription drugs, there are different methods of treatment specific to each one. All of them will include certain basic elements, however, that have been established by the experts as effective. At RIT treatment is individualized, flexible and of an adequate length of time to address the addiction. Another common element is an assessment of whether the addiction is accompanied by a co-occurring disorder that has been masked by the use of the prescription drug. For instance, Xanax, is an anti-anxiety medication used to relieve stress. If the individual who has abused this drug is actually suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is necessary to discover this fact and find alternative ways to treat the condition to avoid future relapses of Xanax abuse. At RIT we offer solution-driven methods for your abuse of prescription dugs.