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Women’s Prescription Pill Addiction Treatment

Women’s Prescription Pill Addiction Treatment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), now that opioids are the most prescribed drug in America, prescription painkiller overdose is now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, killing more people than heroin and cocaine combined. Also among highly-prescribed prescription pills are the anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax. And that is why women’s prescription pill addiction treatment is so important.

Why Women Abuse Prescription Pills

Women start using for different reasons, get addicted differently, progress faster, recovery differently and relapse for different issues. Due to shame and stigma, women may be more likely to take prescription pills when alone and hide it from others. The medically trained professionals at women’s prescription pill addiction treatment programs understand this.

In addition a female’s distinctive physiology, mental health issues, hormonal differences, spiritual concerns and as well as life circumstances may affect their experience in addiction and recovery. Staff at women’s prescription pill addiction treatment understands that treatment and recovery are most successful when these unique and individual needs are taken into account.

Why Women Use Prescription Pills

Women are the fastest growing population for substance abuse in the United States. In fact, about 2.7 million women in the United States abuse prescription drugs such as Xanax, Valium, oxycodone, and vicodin. What is even more startling is that the majority of these women don’t ever receive treatment like that which is offered in programs for a women’s prescription pill addiction treatment. The reasons women don’t seek treatment are typically that:

  • They are afraid of losing or being separated from their families.
  • They view their substance abuse as a social activity or habit instead of an addiction that is disrupting their lives
  • They believe that their substance abuse is caused by anxiety or depression, treating the mental health while ignoring the addiction
  • They are afraid or embarrassed to admit that they are struggling with addiction, and hide their drug or alcohol use from family and friends.

A Grim Reality: Women and Prescription Pill Addiction

Although more men are dying of prescription drug overdoses, the CDC also finds that women are catching up. In the last 14 years, the percentage increase in deaths has been greater for women, spiking by 400% as opposed to 265% for men.

Women’s Prescription Pill Addiction Treatment

Treatment programs for women’s prescription pill addiction involve two main phases: detox and rehab.

A medical drug detox is necessary if you are physically dependent on benzos, barbiturates, or anti-anxiety pills. This is because the withdrawal syndrome from any of these substances can prove fatal. For example, benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms that include anything from insomnia and anxiety to more severe symptoms such as convulsions, seizure, cardiac arrest, coma, and death.

The second phase of women’s prescription pill addiction treatment is called inpatient rehab or simply ‘rehab,’ is a medical facility that provides comfort and safe-haven from your daily life – the one where you couldn’t get by without the use of prescription pills. The staff at the inpatient facility of women’s prescription pill addiction treatment will monitor your progress and treat you with any medications that may be necessary for both the detox process as well as for any other co-occurring, or dual diagnosis, conditions. These may include physical medical needs as well as mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma – which are quite common to people who find themselves dependent on prescription drugs. If you or someone you love is struggling with a prescription pill addiction or another type of addiction, The Orchid Recovery Center can help. Please call toll-free 1-888-672-4435.










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