Abuse of prescription drugs are treated with detoxification and counseling. The drugs most abused, which are addictive, are Opioids and Benzodiazepine. Of note is the fact that many people who abuse these substances have pain management, anxiety disorders, or may suffer with insomnia. For this reason they are often first exposed to these substances by their physician and become what is known as medically addicted due to their legitimate need for the drug. This as you can see adds a rather unique twist to the treatment episode. Still treatment will include detoxification, various forms of counseling dependent on the drug and how the person became exposed to the drug, as well as helping patients to feel safe to talk with their physician about their problem. This can be a particularly overwhelming part of their treatment as there is the concurrent fear of being in pain without the support of the drug. Treatment does work and alternative medical approaches can be brought to bear for those who become addicted to these medications. In these cases I always utilize the services of an Addictionologist in order to create the best adjunctive support to the addiction counseling services being rendered.
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