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Prescription Drug Abuse – Brentwood 631-729-7141

Prescription drugs contain psychoactive substances that carry a high potential for abuse. People taking prescribed medications could become addicted when these drugs are abused. Many people turn to illicit substances as substitutes. Prescription drug abuse is a serious condition that requires a certified prescription drug abuse rehab program to treat.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Commonly Abused Medications

Opioid medications are commonly prescribed for treating chronic pain. Commonly prescribed opioids are: morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone

Sedatives are prescribed for treating anxiety and sleeplessness. Commonly prescribed sedatives are: alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, eszopiclone, zaleplon, zolpidem

Stimulants are prescribed for treating hyperactivity disorders and obesity. Commonly prescribed stimulants are: dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate, amphetamines

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Medication Abuse

Opioid drugs: Constipation, depression, low blood pressure, slowed breathing, disorientation, sweats

Sedatives, anti-anxiety medications: Insomnia, disorientation, poor coordination, poor judgment

Stimulants: Weight loss, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, elevated blood pressure, heartbeat irregularities, restlessness, impulsiveness

Drug Abuse Facts

The DEA Schedule of Drugs is a system for classifying prescription drugs using Schedule II through V. Schedule I drugs have no approved medical use and include drugs like heroin and LSD. Since prescription drugs do have medical uses, they are Schedule II and higher. The lower the level, the higher the drug has potential for abuse.

Schedule II (High abuse potential, psychological or physical dependence, considered dangerous):

  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Meperidine
  • Oxycodone
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin

Schedule III (Moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence):

  • Products with less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dose (Tylenol with codeine)

Schedule IV (Low abuse potential, low risk of dependence):

  • Xanax
  • Darvocet
  • Valium
  • Ambien

Schedule V (Lower abuse potential abuse than Schedule IV):

  • Cough preparations with codeine (Robitussin AC),
  • Lyrica

Drug Abuse Health Risks

Prescription drug abuse carries numerous health risks.


  • Choking
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slowed breathing
  • Stopped breathing
  • Coma
  • Death


  • Memory issues
  • Low blood pressure
  • Repressed breathing
  • Stopped breathing
  • Coma
  • Death


  • Fever
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Rapid heart beat
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressiveness
  • Paranoia

Treatment and Withdrawal Options

Medication and psychotherapy are needed for any unresolved issues affecting mental health.

Adderall and Ambien Abuse

Treatment focuses on controlling physical symptoms and any mental health issues. Adderall and Ambien addicts can experience withdrawal.
Buprenorphine – alleviates withdrawal symptoms and acute pain
Methadone – assists patients in making the transition towards abstinence.

Treatment for Hydrocodone Abuse

Hydrocodone addiction needs a medical detox to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and maintenance medication to continue successful sobriety.
Buprenorphine – relieves pain due to withdrawal
Nalaxone – reverses opioid overdose
Naltrexone – blocks the brain’s opioid receptors
Methadone – helps the transition towards abstinence by imitating some effects of hydrocodone.

Treatment for Opiates Abuse

Hydrocodone addiction needs a medical detox for withdrawal and maintenance medication to continue abstaining.
Suboxone – fills opioid receptors in the brain without euphoric effects, minimizes withdrawal symptoms and is a maintenance drug
Xanax – for panic disorders, anxiety and relieves symptoms of opiates withdrawal

Prescription Drug Abuse Help

Drug Treatment Centers Brentwood can help with prescription drug abuse. Call us at 631-729-7141 for help. Talk with our staff about our prescription pill abuse treatment programs. We have the medical detox, psychotherapy, behavioral and aftercare programs which make a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. There is no need for you or a loved one to suffer from prescription drug abuse any longer. We are here to help.

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