Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Medication Addiction


Prescription Drug Addiction

Highly Abused Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Medication include Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet, Adderall and Vicodin to mention just a few.

A prescription drug addict uses medications in a way other than for which they were originally prescribed or to a much greater extent. They come to depend on the drugs to feel better in some way, and experience cravings for them in between doses. The prescription drug use continues in spite of negative consequences for the user, including relationship difficulties, problems on the job, or the risk of physical harm from inappropriate use.

Scottsdale Recovery Center® offers a comprehensive treatment program targeted at overcoming Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Medication addiction. Our expert staff of therapists and counselors are experienced in helping people overcome Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Medication addiction, such as opiate addiction and benzodiazepine addiction. Scottsdale Recovery Center’s program includes alternative programs to promote a patient’s mental and emotional healing during the process, ensuring that the underlying addiction issues are addressed, not simply the symptoms of Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Medication addiction. Furthermore and most importantly, we provide Evidence Based Practices in our group therapy and individual treatment sessions to get to the underlying issues of why one continuously relapses and uses drugs and alcohol.


Ritalin is a stimulant prescription drug that has helped countless of people who are suffering from ADD or ADHD disorders. People who have utilized this drug as prescribed by the doctor have successful got healed of this complication. It is a drug that has made many people be able to concentrate in school, pay attention at job and give people focus.

Ritalin is a very addictive drug owed to the fact that it has amphetamines as its key active ingredient. This is a stimulant substance that has the same effects as cocaine, just “lighter”.

Take Ritalin in large quantities very fast, it gives the body a calming effect. This is what makes many people abuse it so that they feel relieved off their stress.

When Ritalin is used properly under supervision from medical personnel, it has no side effects. If the use of this drug goes far, the user will have the feeling of euphoria.

This is a very addictive drug that when the body gets hooked to it, it is hard to quit. The body will yearn for it to have the euphoria feelings. This is what will force people to do anything to get it. It is easily found among the peers. There are several sources that many people may use to get this drug. People go several sources as long as they get this drug. This is a clear show of addiction.

Another clear show of Ritalin abuse is people ditching school, work and other responsibility to use this drug. When the body gets hooked to this drug, it will yearn for more. This is what forces many people abandon whatever they are doing to look for this drug. The amphetamine component of this drug is quickly addictive. It makes the users feel high. However, these are short lived effects that wear out after some times. This is what forces them to long for more of this drug.


Codeine is an addictive narcotic painkiller, also known as methyl morphine.

Codeine addiction stems from physical dependency and overuse habits that have not been addressed medically.

Many people are prescribed Codeine and come to find that while the medication they are taking is numbing their pain; they also experience the dreamy, dissociative feeling that goes along with the analgesic properties. One way of looking at it is, while the physical pain is being suppressed, so is whatever mental and emotional pain that they may be feeling.

They then begin to take more than is prescribed and they become addicted to Codeine. This is not always the case, nor does every Codeine addict come to take the drug in a medical setting. Some just take Codeine to get high. In the end the result is the same, Codeine addiction, desperation and despair. Once a person is physically dependent on Codeine, when they stop taking it there is a pronounced withdrawal syndrome associated with the detoxification.

Codeine is commonly prescribed because it is an effective analgesic and for its pain relieving properties. Many studies have shown that properly managed medical use of Codeine is safe and rarely causes clinical addiction, which is defined as compulsive, often uncontrollable use.

Taken exactly as prescribed, Codeine can be used to manage pain effectively for a short period of time. Chronic use of Codeine can result in tolerance to the drug so that higher doses must be taken to obtain the same initial effects. Long-term use also can lead to physical dependence – the body adapts to the presence of Codeine and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or eliminated abruptly.

Getting someone with an addiction to prescription drugs such as codeine to accept help is difficult. Many users don’t realize they have an addiction. The common image of a drug addict is of an individual “shooting up” in a seedy environment, not of someone taking tablets that are legally available. But addiction to codeine is very real. Addicts can take between 20 and 30 pills containing codeine daily, or the equivalent in cough syrup. As a result, abrupt withdrawal can be painful and dangerous, leading to seizures and convulsion. Detox should be carried out in a residential treatment center or under a medically controlled home detox program. It is also important that a codeine addict addresses the psychological issues behind their addiction as part of their long-term recovery. At Addiction Helper, we’ll guide you through the available options for treating codeine addiction, and give you and your family all the support you need.


OxyContin is used to treat moderate to severe pain that is expected to last for an extended period of time. OxyContin is used for around-the-clock treatment of pain. Oxycodone is not for treating pain just after a surgery unless you were already taking oxycodone before the surgery.

OxyContin may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

It’s known on the street as “oxycotton,” and when it’s used for recreation, it can be highly addictive.

Oxycontin works in a similar way to the other addictive prescriptions as it stimulates the pleasure zones of the brain and does not leave any health benefits to the user’s body. Due to the pleasure or niceness the user feels, it increases the confidence in the drug while reducing the interest of the user on all useful activities in life.

Addicts may suffer several side effects including stomach cramps, vomiting, shaking, agitation, painful muscles or joints, diarrhea, and persistent sweating.

Persons affected by Oxycontin addiction get the drug in several ways such as wrong practices by health physicians themselves and fraudulent deals.

The effects of Oxycontin drug addiction can cause a heart attack. Because the drug depresses the central nervous system, the user might get confused, or begin to act strangely. They get sleepy, or they have mood swings. The lose interest and have an “I don’t care” attitude about things.

Unlike someone who has had “a few too many” drinks and you give them a ride home and put them to bed, too much “Oxy” is serious business. If a person goes to sleep, with low respiration and the other effects of the drug, they may not wake up.


Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Vicodin addiction is an extremely powerful disease that affects the lives. However, with proper treatment vicodin addiction can be overcome.

Vicodin addiction is often seen a less serious condition than addiction to illicit street drugs or alcohol. This is because vicodin is prescribed by a physician and also because vicodin is not seen as causing the same negative problems as other drugs. This misconception often leads vicodin addicts and their loved ones to believe that they do not need to seek treatment.

Vicodin addiction can lead to dependence when you stop taking the medication suddenly. Classical symptoms of this will include sweats and chills, anxiety, stomach problems such as cramping and nausea, tremors, and other symptoms that resemble the flu. This will generally last for 3 to 5 days if the person has stopped cold turkey, but the effects may linger on for a bit longer in some cases.

The life of an addicted person is on the edge of a total ruin at all levels; emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual level. Vicodin addiction can destroy the family stability and even push them to divorce. When it comes to family threat, people think honestly to give up and save their families welfare. Alas, they find it so hard and over their capacities. They fail to struggle and give up the mistreatment. In fact, perseverance necessitates strong personality and healthy body. This is not the case for addicted persons. Thus, they must look for rehabilitation center in order to cure with professional methods.

Our Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Medication addiction program includes:

  • Alternative programs such as recovery based yoga, meditation, massage therapy and equine therapy
  • IOP – Group therapy and individual counseling
  • Daily relapse prevention workshops
  • Family counseling
  • Trauma Therapy (EMDR)

While the programs represent a solid foundation for success, Scottsdale Recovery Center® believes that individual attention is a key to permanently breaking Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Medication addiction. Each patient undergoes an initial assessment and is assigned to a primary therapist that works with the patient throughout his or her treatment.

Furthermore and most importantly, we provide Evidence Based Practices in our group therapy and individual treatment sessions to get to the underlying issues of why one continuously relapses and uses drugs and alcohol.

Call us today at 602.346.9142 for more information and please, don’t wait any longer, as things will get worse without treatment.