Prescription Rehab for Jupiter Residents
The abuse of prescription painkillers has had a devastating effect on the country and South Florida in particular. In 2018 an average of 41 people died each day from a prescription drug overdose. Painkillers only account for a portion of the prescription drugs that are abused in the US. Anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, sedatives, and sleeping pills are all drugs that, while legal and beneficial when used as directed, can cause serious harm when misused. Prescription drug abuse is an increasing problem affecting all age groups, including teens, with a multitude of side effects including addiction. The process of addiction often happens slowly and many people don’t notice the moment at which they shifted from recreational abuse to intense addiction, but when addiction takes hold, it can be serious requiring medically supervised detox and intensive rehabilitation to recover.
Legacy Healing Center is a comprehensive, holistic, and accredited drug treatment with locations in Margate, Delray and Pompano Beach Florida. Legacy is committed to creating a better life for those suffering from the devastating effects of prescription drug addiction. We offer the kind of medical detox with clinical supervision that is often required to safely wean off prescription drugs. Once your body has been cleansed of the toxic effects of these substances, the deeper emotional and behavioral treatment begins. At Legacy Healing Center our mission is to address the underlying causes of addiction, to help our clients build hope, create a stable support network, and achieve long term health and healing.
Understanding Signs of Prescription Addiction
Recognizing the signs of prescription drug addiction early on is key to early intervention. Signs and symptoms of prescription addiction vary depending on the drug.
For opioids, common signs of abuse include:
– feelings of euphoria
– slowed breathing
– poor coordination
– requiring an increased dose for effective pain relief
– increased sensitivity to pain
Abuse of anti-anxiety medications can produce symptoms such as:
– unsteady walking
– slurred speech
– poor concentration
– poor memory
– slowed breathing
Signs of abuse of stimulants include symptoms such as:
– increased alertness
– feeling high
– irregular heartbeat
– high blood pressure
– elevated body temperature
– reduced appetite
Why Prescription Addiction is On the Rise
There are many reasons for the high prevalence of misuse of prescription drugs and they vary by age, gender, and other factors, but likely include ease of access. The number of prescriptions for some of these medications has increased dramatically since the early 1990s. In addition, the addictive properties of prescriptions are often misunderstood and the perception that drugs prescribed by a doctor are less harmful than illicit drugs also contributes to the problem.
The Most Abused Prescription Medications
There are several categories of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused. Opioids are medications prescribed to treat acute and chronic pain and include the drugs Oxycodone (also known as Oxycontin and Percoset) and Hydrocodone (also known as Norco). Benzodiazepines are medications used to treat anxiety and include the drugs alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium). Sedatives such as zolpidem (Ambien) are used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety. Stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall, Mydayis), and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), are commonly prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Dangers of Prescription Addiction
Prescription drugs come with a host of potential side effects, including physical dependence, addiction, and overdose. Opioids can cause dangerously low blood pressure, the breath slowing to the point of stopping, and even coma. Opioid overdose has a significant risk of death. Anti-anxiety medications can cause memory problems, dangerously low blood pressure, and slowed breathing. Overdose can cause coma or death. Abruptly stopping can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms including seizures. Stimulants can cause heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures or tremors, hallucinations, aggressiveness, and paranoia. Other potential consequences of prescription drug abuse include the use of illegal drugs, engaging in risky behaviors due to poor judgment, criminal activity, auto accidents, poor academic or work performance, and troubled relationships.
Sober Friendly Attractions in Jupiter FL
After successfully completing a treatment program for prescription drug addiction, it is critical to find activities that help you stay active and engaged in your sobriety and reinforce all the positive behaviors you’ve implemented. Fortunately, Jupiter offers lots of sober friendly options for places to go and things to do to. Want to know what rehab is like? Click the link to learn more.
Blowing Rocks Preserve Nature Conservancy
Jupiter’s shore is blessed with one gorgeous beach after another. Blowing Rocks Preserve features a unique outcrop of Anastasia limestone rock formations that jut out of the sand and interact with the surf. The preserve has nature trails leading between the beach and river.
Jonathan Dickenson State Park
Swimming, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and more are on offer in South East Florida’s largest state park. Sixteen rare and distinct environments including coastal sandhills, upland lakes, and scrub forests as well as the pristine Loxahatchee River make up the 10,500 acres that are Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Wildlife that can be spotted here includes deer, raccoons, foxes, bobcats, opossums, alligators, otters, and over 140 species of birds. The Hobe Mountain Observation Tower offers impressive views of the park, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Hobe Mountain, an ancient sand dune, rises 86 feet above sea level making it the highest natural point in South Florida.
Jupiter offers year-round golf with many outstanding options for the avid player to choose from. Abacoa Golf Club is one of the finest public golf courses in South Florida. It was one of the last course designed by renowned architect Jae Lee before he passed away. Abacoa’s lakes, bunkers, and sloping fairways boast scenic views with 14 of the 18 holes surrounded by water. All-natural grass driving range, practice putting green and daily golf clinics by PGA professionals cater to golfers of all skill and experience levels.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, call us today to learn more about how we can help
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What Our Alumni Has to Say
Absolutely beautiful! Staff is so caring and welcoming. Highly recommend to anyone who is struggling and looking to heal. This is the place for you!Jacqueline C.
Honestly, it's not what you imagine when thinking "detox." Legacy made my experience so comfortable from beds, food, staff and such a clean facility. Besides all that they literally gave me life back. Forever thankful.Avi S.