Prescription drug-related deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities each year in the U.S. Let that sink in for a moment.
While most of the prescription medication being handed to consumers provides legitimate relief for a number of various ailments, these substances can be fatal in the wrong hands. And even the strongest-willed individuals can find themselves dependent on their prescription medication after just a few weeks of use.
Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, prescription medication sales have skyrocketed over the last couple of years. In 2014, Americans spent a record $374 billion on prescription meds. A total of 4.3 billion prescriptions were filled that year, also a record.
Prescription drug sales aren’t falling by the wayside anytime soon, and the number of deaths via overdose on these medications is only going to stay stable or even rise. Fortunately, treatment methods are more advanced and well-rounded today, and there is no shortage of options. Likewise, the country as a whole seems to be shifting its mindset away from punishment and more toward rehabilitation for people who are suffering from addiction.
The Need for Prescription Drug Intervention
A prescription drug abuse intervention is often the very first step families make toward treatment for a loved one. In many cases, if an intervention is not performed, the individual will continue to refuse to enter treatment or even acknowledge that there’s a problem. The drug they’re abusing is legal, after all.
At Family First Intervention, our expert intervention counselors work directly with several members of the family to determine goals for themselves and their struggling loved one. We also help each person understand his or her role in the loved one’s ensuing recovery from addiction. This all takes place in the comfort of a family member’s house.
Our prescription drug abuse intervention services are available nationwide, and addiction to any kind of prescription medication is covered. No matter the type of prescription drug, we have experience and an intervention plan that is appropriate
Continue reading for an overview of some of the medications that fall under our prescription drug abuse intervention services.
Prescription Methadone Intervention
For decades, methadone was commonly prescribed to patients who were trying to break an opioid painkiller habit. The problem is methadone is an opioid as well, so it retains many of the same dangerous and undesirable side effects. We often say giving an opioid user a prescription for methadone is like giving beer to a vodka drinker in order to get well. It almost always doesn’t end well.
Methadone abuse can be deadly, and the damage it has caused in this country is no laughing matter. You can make a difference in the lives of your loved one and your family by requesting a methadone intervention today, which will help the individual get off the drug and into a detox and rehabilitation facility.
Suboxone has a similar, but more recent, history to methadone. Both have been prescribed in detox situations. However, where methadone was once the standard, Suboxone has now taken its place in many treatment facilities around the world.
But just like methadone, Suboxone is also an opioid. This particular drug can provide a similar high as heroin does. While Suboxone showed initial promise, it unfortunately doesn’t appear that Suboxone is the long-term solution many detox centers had hoped. It has led to many of the same problems as methadone including users becoming addicted.
If someone you know has been prescribed this medication and is having a hard time stopping usage, ask us about our Suboxone intervention service today.
Intervention for Other Pain Medication
OxyContin, Suboxone and methadone are far from the only kinds of legal painkillers that are afflicting Americans. Other opioids such as Percocet, Norco, Dilaudid, and Duragesic are doing a pretty good job of that themselves.
If you’re looking specifically for OxyContin intervention services, we have a whole page dedicated to the topic. Click on the button immediately below.
Collectively, pharmaceutical opioids were attributed to nearly 19,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2014. This is why anyone who is handed a prescription for an opioid pain reliever needs to proceed with caution. However, opioids aren’t the only painkillers that can be abused. Some doctors prescribe their patients large doses of ibuprofen, and that can become a problem over time.
If your loved one is trapped in a cycle of painkiller use, it’s time to act. Request a pain medication intervention from Family First Intervention today.
Psychiatric Medication Intervention
New drugs are being introduced to the market every year to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolarism and more. Also known as benzodiazepines, psychiatric drugs come with their own set of side effects and cause their own share of deaths each year in the U.S.
Hundreds of millions of prescriptions are written each year for these sought-after medications. Commonly recognized brands of psychiatric medication include:
If you’re looking specifically for Xanax intervention information, we have a whole page dedicated to treatment for this popular drug. Just click on the button directly below.
Do you have a loved one who is struggling or refusing to stop taking prescription benzodiazepines? Call Family First Intervention and ask about a psychiatric medication intervention today.
Intervention for Klonopin Addiction
Klonopin (Clonazepam) was used for several years to treat seizures and epilepsy. However, now it is primarily prescribed for anxiety disorders, and because of this evolution, we at Family First Intervention are taking more and more requests for Klonopin addiction.
Klonopin users often develop an accompanying substance abuse problem, particularly alcoholism. This is why it’s important to act quickly if your loved one is abusing Klonopin and before another substance use disorder develops. Request a Klonopin intervention from Family First to get your loved the help he or she needs soon.
Prescription Vicodin Intervention
Vicodin, which contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone, is one the most popular opioid painkillers on the pharmaceutical market. In turn, it’s one of the most common drugs we see people struggling with when we’re asked to do an intervention for any type of substance.
Those who use Vicodin often take an inordinately high dose of the drug at one time to feel the effects. So not only is their addiction strong, but they are poisoning their bodies, especially their livers with the heavy load of acetaminophen. Vicodin users also have a reputation for seeking out numerous doctors (doctor shopping) and try to turn in fake prescriptions in order to keep their supply abundant.
Vicodin abuse is no joke, and if it’s happening to someone you know, don’t hesitate to seek professional help for them. Get started by calling Family First Intervention and asking about our Vicodin intervention service today.