The non-medical misuse of prescription drugs is on the rise in the United States. This widespread abuse of pills is partly due to the misconception that addiction to prescription drugs is not as dangerous as dependence on illegal substances. On the contrary, prescription pill abuse can lead to severe addiction that presents similar physical, psychological, and social effects to illegal drugs.
At Mariposa Detox Center, we offer top-of-the-line pill detox in Los Angeles for individuals suffering from prescription medication addictions to help them attain long-term sobriety.
The Most Commonly Abused Pills, including their Ingredients, Intended Uses, Abuse Concerns, and Withdrawal Symptoms
Most people abuse prescription medication because of their ability to produce a calming effect, euphoria, or boost mental focus. The following are some of the most abused pills in the U.S:
Prescribed for mild, moderate, severe, and chronic pain, opioids are the most widely abused prescription pills. Commonly abused opioids are Vicodin which contains hydrocodone, Oxycontin containing oxycodone, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl. These drugs activate opioid receptors, which in turn block pain signals in the body. Besides inhibiting pain perception, opioids also activate the reward regions in the brain and cause a high.
Opioids have a high risk of tolerance, dependence, and addiction. If you stop using opioids after developing a dependency, you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and a fast heart rate.
Overdosing on opioids slows down breathing and can be fatal if medication is not administered fast enough. As a top provider of inpatient opiate detox program, we can help you get through withdrawal safely while alleviating your discomfort. Abuse of prescription opioids often leads to heroin abuse; that is why we also offer top-of-the-line heroin detox and rehab in Los Angeles.
Stimulants are prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. They increase attention, energy, and alertness. Commonly prescribed stimulants are Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine.
Adderall contains salts of amphetamine, which are central nervous system (CNS) stimulants that increase alertness. Ritalin is made using methylphenidate hydrochloride, a type of synthetic CNS stimulant.
Many people abuse stimulants due to the euphoric effects they produce by increasing the activity of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Addiction to stimulants affects the ability of the brain to produce these neurotransmitters without the drug. As a result, withdrawal from stimulants causes symptoms such as depression, fatigue, anxiety, slowed speech, and disturbed sleep patterns.
- Central Nervous System Depressants
CNS depressants include tranquilizers, hypnotics, and sedatives, prescribed for sleep or anxiety disorders. The most abused depressants are benzodiazepines that include:
- Valium which contains diazepam
- Xanax made with alprazolam
Barbiturates are another type of depressant given as anti-seizure medication and anesthetics. They have a higher potential for abuse and addiction than benzodiazepines and are therefore no longer prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders.
People abuse CNS depressants due to their calming effect that occurs when they interact with gamma-aminobutyric acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that slows down the nervous system. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines or barbiturates can cause anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and psychosis. Our premier medical detox program in Los Angeles for addiction is crucial for CNS depressant withdrawal which can be life-threatening.
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At Mariposa Detox Center, we offer the finest treatment for heroin in LA, alongside rehab for alcohol and other drugs. Our pill detox in Los Angeles ensures guests who are abusing prescription medication are not left out. If you’re battling an addiction to prescription or illegal opioids, stimulants, or depressants and are looking for Los Angeles CA heroin treatment, we are here for you. Contact Mariposa Detox Center and take the first step toward your new life: 888-251-6968.
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