Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Prescription Drug Addiction
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Addictions can be treated effectively through detoxification and counseling. Treatment will depend on the type of drug you use and your specific needs.
Treatment options include the following:
This involves managing the symptoms of withdrawal while the abused medication leaves your system. Tapering slowly off the drug and keeping your blood pressure and heart rhythms under control are of important, since the symptoms of withdrawal can be life-threatening. Other medications are often introduced to counteract the effects of addiction and withdrawal symptoms. This should be done under the supervision of a doctor in a hospital or other outpatient setting. It is then followed by other therapies or medications to avoid relapse.
Behavioral therapies can help people who are addicted to prescription drugs stop using the drug, learn to function without it, handle cravings, and avoid situations in which relapse is likely. Behavioral therapy may include individual, group, or family counseling.
Beyond addiction, medications to treat underlying issues, such as depression or anxiety, may be needed to lead a full and productive life and avoid relapse.