Addiction, Chemical Dependency, Dependency, Prescription Drug Addiction

Increasing Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Abuse of prescription painkillers in the United States increased 400 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, this problem is not just isolated to a particular group; all ages, races, socioeconomic groups and genders are reporting increased usage. Nowadays, there are so many addictive painkillers, anti anxiety medications, mood relaxants, and various other drugs readily available. Sadly, the fact that these types of drugs are prescribed by a doctor often gives individuals the illusion of safety; they think that because their doctor is giving it to them it must be harmless, when in reality many of these drugs are extremely dangerous and addictive. We often see individuals who have no history of illegal drug abuse who become addicted to pain killers after surgery, an accident, and so on. Fortunately, we have many therapists on hand who are experienced in dealing with individuals addicted to prescription drugs, and we offer a safe and comfortable detox.

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