Prescription drug addiction is endemic to our society.

With the recent rash of celebrity overdose deaths, Americans are becoming increasingly aware that prescription drug addiction is ravaging this country. When beloved celebrities like Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger lose their lives to prescription drug overdoses, the epidemic makes headlines. But you don’t have to be rich and famous to support a dangerous prescription drug habit. Millions of suburban moms, dads, teachers, nurses and teenagers are becoming addicted to prescription drugs.

Because prescription drugs are legally manufactured and prescribed by physicians, people often incorrectly assume they are less addictive or damaging than street drugs. For this reason, many individuals find themselves in the middle of a severe addiction without ever having realized the danger of what they were doing. This is particularly true for individuals that were first prescribed the drugs by a doctor for treatment of a particular medical condition.

Some prescription drugs can become addictive, especially when they are used in a manner inconsistent with their labeling or for reasons they were not prescribed. Those include narcotic painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin, sedatives and tranquilizers like Xanax or Valium, and stimulants like Dexedrine, Adderall or Ritalin. Because the use of prescription painkillers are so prevalent, so too are the drug rehab programs designed to treat them – and for good reason.

If you have questions about prescription drug addiction or would like to learn more about how Creative Care located in Malibu, California can help you or your loved one break free from prescription drug addiction, please contact our call center 24 hours a day.