Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment From the Comfort and Privacy of Home
At ALYST Health, we offer the first and only at-home prescription drug addiction treatment program accredited by the Joint Commission. Our treatment model is designed for individuals ready for help but whose lifestyle, responsibilities, or routine aren’t compatible with conventional addiction treatment centers.
Prescription drug addiction can be one of the most challenging addictions to treat because individuals may rationalize abuse as legally acceptable or medically required. However, when prescription drug use begins to negatively impact an individual’s overall quality of life or other day-to-day responsibilities, ALYST Health is here to help.
ALYST’s fully at-home prescription drug addiction recovery model empowers individuals with everything they need to heal from the comfort and privacy of their own home without disrupting daily responsibilities or their routine. Our comprehensive approach includes:
Our prescription drug addiction treatment model offers the option to deliver all of the above as a complete concierge solution or as standalone services.
What Is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Prescription medication is a pharmaceutical drug that requires a medical prescription to be legally dispensed, possessed, and used. Many prescribed medications have become household names and may be medically justified, making it more difficult to recognize a prescription addiction than other types of addictions. They are widely available and, like alcohol, don’t carry the same stigma associated with illicit drug use. Still, more than 50,000 individuals died in 2019 as a result of overdosing on prescribed medications.
What Are the Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction?
Prescription drug addiction can be difficult to spot, but individuals struggling with addiction often exhibit a pattern of:
- Taking More Than Prescribed
- Appearing Intoxicated
- Excessive Energy or Extreme Lethargy
- Changes in Sleeping and Eating Patterns
- Mood Swings
- Visiting Multiple Doctors (“Doctor Shopping”)
- “Borrowing” or “Losing” Prescribed Medications
- Using Prescriptions at a Faster Rate Than Prescribed
- Crushing or Breaking Up Pills
- Lying About the Amount of Medication Used
- Stashing Medication in Multiple Places
- Stealing or Forging Prescriptions
What Are the Primary Types of Prescription Medication?
There are many different classes of prescription medications. Some of the most common groups prone to abuse are:
- Opioids: Trigger the brain’s reward system to induce a state of euphoria.
- Barbiturates: Sedative, sleep-inducing drugs derived from barbituric acid.
- Antidepressants: Prescribed to prevent or treat depression.
- Benzodiazepine: Used for treating anxiety, seizures, or insomnia.
- Sedatives: Slow down brain activity to promote relaxation.
- Stimulants: Increase activity of the central nervous system and body.
- Hypnotics: Induce sleep to treat insomnia.
What Are the Commonly Abused Prescription Medications?
Across the different classes of prescription medications, the ones most commonly abused include:
Because of the different classes, these drugs produce different effects. For medication specific side effects, please consult a physician or review your prescription information.
What Are the Long-Term Side Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse?
Depending on the specification medication(s), chronic prescription drug abuse can lead to:
- Liver Failure
- Kidney Damage
- Respiratory Failure
- Chronic Insomnia
- Stomach Irritation
- Decreased Cognitive Function
If you suspect someone you care about may be struggling with prescription drug addiction, take our addiction quiz to gain clarity and take the next steps.
Prescription Drug abuse is life-threatening. If you or a loved one are at risk, please fill out the form below or give us a call for a free assessment. We’ll help you determine if our at-home treatment program is right for your recovery goals.