Prescription Drug Addiction

Written by Michael Federico
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Prescription drug addiction affects more people each year in the United States as drug companies flood the market and the airwaves, causing doctors to engage in what many specialists refer to as the indiscriminate distribution of pain medications.

Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, and Percodan are a few of the most popular pain killers in America. When used properly, they can be extremely successful in treating, mild, moderate, severe, or even chronic pain. But, if unchecked, consistent use causes many to grow reliant on the pain relief and the sense of euphoria and contentment that these drugs provide.

Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction

Rehabilitation centers around the country and around the world, for that matter, have traditionally treated prescription drug addiction with extended stays, The 12 Steps, and varying forms of psychological therapy. Medication is provided to combat withdrawal symptoms, but usually little is done to attack the physical addiction present in users.
Certain clinics have tried to address the problem of physical addiction by instituting detox techniques such as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR), a procedure in which the body's opiate receptors are cleansed of the drug while the patient is under anesthesia.

Further steps have been taken in the fight against physical addiction by practices like The Waismann Method, which use ANR as one phase of detoxification, but provide pre-treatment and after care, as well. The hope is that rapid, safe, and successful treatment of prescription drug addiction coupled with long-term commitment will give patients the greatest chance at conquering their addiction.

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