Within the last decade, Provo police officers have seen an increase in prescription drug abuse. By 2010, nearly 14 percent of community and state law enforcement agencies across the country claim that the illegal use of prescription medications overshadowed the abuse of other substances.
In Provo, police report that narcotic pain relief medications that include Loritab and Oxycontin are commonly found in the possession of people arrested for drug use. Users claim that in addition to experiencing a euphoric high when taking the medications, they also experience anxiety and stress relief.
On the other hand, high school and college students often abuse Adderall, Ritalin and similar stimulant formulations commonly prescribed in the treatment of attention deficit disorders.
Stealing the drugs from family members or friends having a legal prescription is the most common method of obtaining these drugs. The medications are then used by the perpetrator, shared or sold to others.
Dangers of Using Prescription Drugs
Young people are often under the misleading impression that prescription medications are safer to use compared to street drugs. However, medications are not without side effects and are addictive. The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence reports:
- In 2011, more than 1.2 million emergency room interventions involved patients illegally taking prescription medications. Almost one-third of these visits involved narcotic pain medications.
- In 2012, nearly 17,000 people became fatality statistics secondary to opioid analgesic medication overdoses.
- When prescription medications are not available, more and more young people turn to heroin as a cheaper and more potent alternative.
Addiction Requires Rehab
Addiction involves chemical and neuron changes that take place in the brain that commonly affect the entire body. Withdrawal symptoms and altered thought processes are some of the factors that make overcoming addiction without help rare. Treatment centers provide:
- Medically-monitored detoxification
- An understanding of the addiction process
- Personalized counseling
- Long-term support options
Your Rehab Experience Should Be Private
Admitting that you have an addiction problem is the first step toward recovery and lifelong sobriety, but it can be a difficult one to make. Your next step will be choosing a rehab center that is right for you. Attending drug or alcohol rehabilitation is a highly private situation that should be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Those who are particularly worried about how confidential and private their treatment program will be may want to consider traveling out of town in order to seek treatment. In many cases, you might not need to travel very far to find a secluded enough location where you feel comfortable addressing your addiction problem.
On the other hand, outpatient treatment centers may need to be chosen based on how close they are to where you live. Because you'll be coming and going, having a nearby location for treatment will enable you to continue on with your life as usual. Our toll free hotline has representative standing by who can help you with this critical decision and let you know about local or distant rehab centers that will fit your needs.