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Prescription Drug Addiction Intervention in the United States

A prescription drug is a pharmaceutical drug requiring a medical prescription to be dispensed. Prescription drugs are not over-the-counter drugs, and can only be obtained with a prescription because of substance control. Prescription drugs are heavily regulated within the United States because of the misuse potential. However, most prescription narcotics can be gotten illegally and most people get these drugs from people they know such as friends and family. When prescription drugs are taken as directed by a doctor, the potential for abuse is low. Yet, when these drugs are misused or abused in any away, the potential for addiction is high. There are three categories of commonly abused prescription drugs in America. These are central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines, sedatives, and barbiturates. There is prescription opioids or pain medication, such as hydrocodone, oxymorphone, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl. Finally, there are central nervous system stimulants, such as Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.

Prescription drug abuse does affect anyone, and intervention is a successful way to convince a prescription drug user they need help. Under most circumstances, the abuse of prescription drugs is part of a larger drug problem. Addicts will tend to go between illegal street drugs and prescription drugs. Illegal street drugs are more affordable, but prescription pills provide a better high. Newman Interventions has helped families where a person is a full-blown addict abusing prescription drugs, and where someone is dependent on prescription drugs, but refuses to get off them. 

Addiction is defined as using drugs despite the consequences and then, in turn, ignoring these consequences to use more drugs. However, drug dependency is the first problem that happens with prescription drug use. A person does not set out to become dependent on their prescription, but it happens because of increased tolerance of the medication. Professional intervention is successful in either situation to help someone who is using prescription drugs.


How do you help a prescription drug addict?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017 an estimated 18 million people misused medications at least once in the past year. The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that two million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time. Roughly one million Americans misused prescription stimulants, and over 1.5 million misused sedatives or tranquilizers. It is the ease of access which creates these addictions. The best way to help someone who is addicted to prescription drugs is with a professionally organized intervention. Prescription drug users often consider what they are doing is not a problem, because it is a prescription. The intervention process will help the family break these barriers down. This is about setting a bottom line and helping the addict understand the importance of getting help. Newman Interventions has helped prescription drug addicts and family members who are dependent on these drugs get the help they need.

How is a prescription drug intervention organized?

The intervention process is organized the same way as any other drug intervention. However, when you first start talking to Newman Interventions, we will want to gather all the drug history available. It is important to know what types of prescription drugs are being used. There are often circumstances where medical detox is needed, or some type of medical attention because of the severity of the addiction. Our intervention team can help your family locate medical detox, and the proper drug treatment services for their addiction. Some prescription drug addicts require medical attention because of a pre-existing medical condition. All of this is taken into consideration when planning the intervention.


Works cited
Prescription medicines – Sept 10/19
Misuse of prescription drugs – Sept 10/19

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