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Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment in Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 281-5492

The battle is still on for residents in Deerfield Beach suffering with prescription drug abuse. In just a few years opiate related deaths in the Broward County areas increased from 869 to 3,987 according Broward County Medical Examiner’s report. Prescription drug abuse have had the biggest impact so far on young adults and seniors. For most of these individual’s, prescription drug abuse was not a result of pleasure seeking but a gradual buildup of tolerance levels from legally prescribed medication for pain.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach now at (954) 281-5492.

Why Addiction to Prescribed Drugs is Often Unintentional

Unintentional drug addiction is unfortunate because the potency of the drugs being used are usually grossly underestimated. The rate of drug overdose deaths as result of prescriptions drug abuse have, in some cases, been excessively higher than some illicit drugs. This makes it extremely critical that people who recognize a developing dependency seek treatment sooner than later.

Tolerance buildup is a natural occurrence especially when a prescribed drug is taken for an extended period of time. When the amount prescribed no longer provide the same relief most people will gradually increase the dosage. You may be dependent on prescription medication if you identify with the following signs:

  • Increase unauthorized usage of one or more prescription medication.
  • Running out of medication before it is time to renew the prescription means the drug is being abused or the drug is being shared.
  • Doctor shopping, forging prescription or purchasing drugs from an illicit source.
  • Observable changes in personality such as mood swings, depression, aggressiveness or anxiety.
  • Withdrawing from family gatherings and other social interactions.
  • Continued use of medication after the reason for use has expired.
  • Excessive spending to buy drugs. Stealing or borrowing money.

The most frequently abused prescription medication according to the Mayo Clinic include:

  1. Opioids, such as Oxycodone (OxyContin) and those containing hydrocodone (Vicodin), used to treat pain. These are typically classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Schedule 2 drugs with a high potential for abuse. Effects of these drugs typically include constipation, depression, low blood pressure, suppressed breathing, and confusion sweating and poor coordination.
  2. Drug prescribed to treat anxiety or sleep disorders such as Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) or Ambien (zolpidem) have a Schedule 4 classification. These drugs have a low potential for abuse and may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence. The effects may include confusion, drowsiness, unsteady gait, poor judgement, rapid eye movement and dizziness. When habitually used in high doses this drug can result in a drug overdose.
  3. A stimulant drug used to treat some sleep disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) is also classified as a Schedule 2 drug with a high potential for abuse and drug dependency. According to the Mayo Clinic Ritalin’s effects include, weight loss, agitation, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, restlessness and impulsive behavior.

Although prescription medication is usually safe for most users when taken as prescribed by a physician any increased usage will need to be monitored carefully to prevent abuse. Abuse can lead to a serious physical and mental health condition that in most cases will require addiction treatment to overcome. Prescription drug abuse in combination with other medical issues also has a real potential to be fatal.


Making an accurate diagnosis is an important element of treatment at Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach. Many individuals who enter our rehab facility are surprised to find out that they have an underlying issue that may have contributed to the abuse or perpetuated it.

In any event, these additional medical conditions can complicate the treatment process. Dual diagnosis defines comorbid conditions such as a mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction. These co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis must be treated simultaneously in order for the patient to achieve and maintain full recovery and long term sobriety.

Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach conduct at intake conduct an extensive initial assessment of each patient that encompasses a physical and psychological evaluation. The results becomes the basis for a patient profile from which a personalized treatment program is designed.

With permission from the person seeking treatment we also take into consideration relevant input from family members. This contribution can be valuable to the development of a treatment program. Our treatment team are thorough in their overall assessment so that they can provide the appropriate level of care for the patient.

Once the evaluation is completed, treatment modalities are selected and a comprehensive, integrated care program that is continuously reevaluated is administered. Our evidence based program incorporates holistic, conventional and current innovative remedies. We carefully administer drug detoxification when necessary. A medically supervised detox process alleviates undue suffering and provide a safe alternative to do-it-yourself drug elimination that can be risky.

Deerfield Beach residents also have the options to receive care through our Inpatient/Residential, Intensive outpatient or Partial Hospitalization programs. Our medical team are all board certified addiction clinicians with emergency trauma training. These qualifications enable them to administer care at all levels and especially during a serious health crisis. A psychiatrist is also always available on site to address psychological emergencies at all levels of care.

If you or someone you know has developed a tolerance or addiction to prescription medication call Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach today at (954) 281-5492. When you call our treatment centers, our counselors can help you with a prescription drug addiction questionnaire to determine if you are at risk of a dependency or addiction to a prescription drug. Don’t take a chance of becoming an overdose victim.

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