Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment & Prescription Dependency Rehab


An Introduction To Prescription Addiction

There are 3 main classifications of prescription addiction and dependency: Opiates, CNS depressants, and prescription stimulants.

Prescription Opiates & Opioids Addiction

Opiates include oxycodone, codeine cough syrup, hydromorphone, and morphine to name a few. There are three main drugs that can treat opioid addiction: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Methadone and buprenorphine are opioid replacement therapies, meaning they’re used in place of other opioids to help prevent cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Medications for the treatment of opioid addiction are often administered in combination with psychosocial supports or behavioral treatments, known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Prescription Central Nervous System Depressants Addiction

CNS depressants include alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and other drugs that reduce tension and anxiety. Patients addicted to CNS depressants such as tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics should not attempt to stop taking them on their own without consulting their doctor. Patients who take CNS depressants chronically should never stop taking these drugs abruptly. Stopping any of these drugs can be extremely difficult and dangerous, especially if you’ve been taking them for a long time. The withdrawal symptoms can be severe and, in the case of certain medications, potentially life-threatening.

Prescription Stimulant Addiction

The most common stimulant drugs are Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse. These medications are given to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to help them focus and concentrate. They are also prescribed to people with narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep. Our findings suggest that behavioral therapies may be effective for treating prescription stimulant use disorders, and they highlight the need for further research on the treatment of prescription stimulant addiction. At this time, there are no FDA-approved medications for treating stimulant addiction. NIDA is supporting research in this area.



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Pictures of different addictive prescriptions that require addiction rehab


Millions of Americans are physically dependent on their prescriptions, and are able to wean off of them with the help of their doctor. However, many try to quit without much success. Depending on the severity of the addiction to the prescriptions, it may make sense to attend an inpatient or outpatient setting in order to get to the root cause of what’s perpetuating the bad habits.

Seachange Recovery has helped thousands get away from the old people, places, and influences that perpetuated their prescription addictions. Many choose to attend outpatient prescription addiction treatment since it is possible to maintain work commitments. Others choose to live in our residential treatment setting on the beach for 30-90 days.



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The FDA has approved several medications to treat prescription addiction. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. Medications used for MAT are evidence-based treatment options and do not just substitute one drug for another. They are FDA approved to treat substance use disorders.

Not only does MAT make the recovery experience much less unpleasant, it could also save your life. Never attempt to quit the prescriptions on your own!


Psychological dependence is one of the three components of substance use disorder. The other two are physiological dependence and tolerance.

Psychological dependence refers to the strong cravings for the substance or behavior, and difficulty thinking about anything else. It is often fueled by deeper issues that can be diagnosed and sorted out in our prescription addiction rehab.

Tolerance is the first component of substance use disorder. It is the result of using a particular substance so frequently that it no longer produces the desired effects without taking larger amounts. 

Physiological dependence refers to the process by which your body and mind come to depend on a substance so that you feel a certain way without it. Some substances, like caffeine, can be very addictive because they can cause physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms that are caused by physical dependence include headaches, anxiety, and nausea. Addiction is a brain disorder involving compulsive substance use despite negative outcomes. It’s a complex condition with both psychological and physical elements that are hard (if not impossible) to separate.



We Are A 12 Step Based Prescription Treatment Center

Addiction is a disease of the brain and not a character flaw. It’s a complex disorder that causes changes to your brain chemistry and the pleasure and reward system. Your brain associates your substance of choice with pleasure because prescription medications and other psychoactive substances cause your brain to release a pleasurable rush of neurotransmitters.

In addition to the physical withdrawal symptoms, your brain will also associate everything that reminds you of your substance of choice with pleasure. This causes you to combat cravings when you’re exposed to triggers. For people that suffer from an addiction, it’s important to know that they’re not going to be cured. They’re going to be in recovery for the rest of their life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be successful and happy.

In order to maintain recovery for life, we’ve found at least 9 out of 10 people need a 12-step system. That’s why all clients are strongly encouraged to join us on local 12 step meetings before and after prescription addiction treatment.

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Sea Change Recovery is unlike any other drug rehab in Southern California. We believe that recovery is possible for all those who do the work. We also believe there is no one-size-fits-all-approach to substance abuse treatment. We offer an innovative treatment program in Santa Monica, CA that combines the best clinical, holistic, traditional + modern methods in order to supply each client with the therapies and treatment they personally need.

From relapse prevention to mindfulness training to surfing on the beach in Santa Monica, we offer clients an experience that will change their lives. Most of our staff has personally been through the recovery process and are living examples that recovery is possible. Don’t let the disease trick you into thinking that the consequences aren’t that bad. Pick up the phone and call us today. We can guide you to the right treatment program for you, even if that isn’t Sea Change. Call us now at 1-866-234-7133.

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