One of the reasons the United States continues to have a severe problem with illicit drug use is the rising flood of prescription opioids that hit the market hard in the 90s. Addiction rates spiked during that decade and have not receded as much as one would like. It is not just painkillers that are high on the list of abused prescription drugs. Veterans and first responders are at risk for physical and mental health challenges due to their demanding, risky careers. That means they are also a population for whom physicians prescribe—whether to mitigate physical pain, mental health symptoms, or both. If you are a veteran who has become physically addicted to prescription medications, seek substance abuse treatment for veterans at UpArmor Recovery.
UpArmor Recovery offers prescription drug addiction treatment for veterans in a safe setting surrounded by clinicians and staff who are both experienced and knowledgeable. We specialize in supporting veterans and first responders with prescription drug addiction treatment in Mississippi. Learn more by calling us at 855.211.5537 or submitting this form to make contact.
Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
The prescription medications that are most commonly abused were not created to ruin people’s lives and compromise their health. Researchers and scientists synthesized them in an effort to help people cope with a range of medical conditions and symptoms. All of the drugs on the list below have done a great deal of good for many people. Unfortunately, they can easily lead to tolerance, dependence, and ultimately addiction.
- Painkillers such as oxycodone (trade name OxyContin), morphine, hydrocodone, and fentanyl are opioids.
- Stimulants, including Dexadrine, Ritalin, Adderall, and Mydayis, are used to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), but for those without the condition, the stimulant effects make it desirable for focus and mental energy.
- Barbiturates like Nembutol, Phenobarbital, and Methohexital are used to treat insomnia, prevent seizures, sedate people prior to surgical anesthesia, and other applications.
- Benzodiazepines, including Valium, Xanax, Alprazolam, and Klonipin, are sedatives used to treat acute anxiety and other conditions.
- Sedative hypnotics such as Ambien, Belsomra, and Butisol are used to regulate sleep.
If you are a veteran who has become dependent on one of the above prescription drugs, look for a prescription drug rehab program for veterans like UpArmor Recovery in Mississippi.
People who serve in high-risk professions such as the military face hurdles and challenges most people cannot comprehend. It is extremely common for veterans to come home from deployment with physical pain from combat and other injuries, difficulty sleeping, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health challenges. They face obstacles as they seek to return to civilian life, find and hold jobs, manage their health, and make prior relationships work after what is often a very long hiatus.
Many of these conditions would benefit from psychotherapy, meditation, acupuncture, and many other treatments. But it is not so easy to access these things. One way to manage symptoms is through medication. Well-intentioned or overworked physicians prescribe Xanax, Ambien, or Oxy to help veterans cope with whatever is challenging them.
Unfortunately, with or without close medical oversight, this often leads to addiction.
What to Expect in a Prescription Drug Rehab Program for Veterans
Veterans in a program like the one at UpArmor Recovery that offers prescription drug addiction treatment for veterans will receive evidence-based therapies explicitly geared to their needs and individual circumstances. They will also be supported as they:
- Learn life skills to help them recognize and avoid triggers and cope with cravings.
- Develop interpersonal skills and strategies to help them rebuild and strengthen essential relationships that addiction may have eroded and build positive new ones.
- Examine and address underlying factors such as life experiences and ways of dealing with stress or uncertainty that may have made them vulnerable to addiction.
- Address co-occurring mental health disorders while in rehab.
- Practice healthy habits such as exercise, good nutrition, and mindfulness.
- Learn that relapse is not failure but a slight misstep on the road to long-term recovery.
If you are a veteran looking for prescription drug addiction treatment in Mississippi, contact UpArmor today.
UpArmor Recovery – Prescription Drug Rehab Program for Veterans
We offer evidence-based therapies for veterans who are addicted to prescription drugs. These treatments also include co-occurring disorders and consider all the factors that make your experience as a veteran unique.
Reach out to learn about our treatment center for veterans. We look forward to hearing from you. Just fill out this form or call 855.211.5537 today.