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Prescription Pills Detox

Abuse of prescription pills over the past ten years has grown to epic proportions in America.

Individuals, who are prescribed medications and take them appropriately, still run the risk of developing an addiction. Furthermore, there are many prescription medications that require a weaning regimen when attempting to cease use, due to the possible adverse withdrawal symptoms that may manifest. That said, people who abuse prescription medications will most likely have a much more difficult time detoxing from the drugs, and may require professional assistance. Abuse of prescription pills occurs when a person takes medications that he or she was not prescribed, takes a larger dosage of prescribed medication, ingests the medication in a way other than was prescribed, and/ or in addition to the prescription medication uses other drugs and/ or alcohol.

Prescriptions medications are easily accessible, which is one of the reasons prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States.

Detox Types

Detox is the process that cleanses and rids one’s body of any abused substance.

There are several different types of detox options available for individuals struggling with prescription pill abuse. Depending on the type of medications, the duration of one’s use, the frequency of one’s use and the amount abused, different types of detox may be recommended. One option is for individuals who undergo detox at home and simply quit using pill “cold turkey.” This can be manageable for some individuals with minor pill use, although it is best to at least have someone checking in to make sure all is safe with the detoxing person.

Another option is for an individual to undergo the detox process in a residential detox facility.

This will provide the person detoxing with twenty-four hour support. Additionally, it will insure the person’s safety throughout the entire detox process. Some residential facilities will provide medically supervised detox. This is an excellent option for people who have more severe prescription pill abuse problems. It is also the best option for individuals who may be suffering from a dual diagnosis. People who have other mental and/ or physical ailments should take that into consideration when attending a detox program, as it is essential to select a location that is equipped to properly ensure one’s safety.


There are many ways in which an individual can continue to maintain sobriety after he or she has cleansed his or her body through the detox process.

Depending on the severity of one’s substance abuse, an outpatient program may be a suitable option. Outpatient substance abuse and addiction treatment programs enable a person to continue to reside at home while attending and participating in a certain number of hours at a treatment program. This will give an individual more flexibility in terms of honoring outside commitments.

Individuals who have more severe prescription drug abuse problems may find that a residential treatment program is the best option.

Attending a residential substance abuse and addiction treatment program allows the individual to live at the treatment facility. This enables a person to be fully immersed in their treatment program, without being concerned or bombarded with any outside distractions. Additionally, this is an excellent option for individuals with a dual diagnosis. It is important to make sure that a residential treatment program is equipped to work with dual diagnosis clients, as they have somewhat unique needs when it comes to substance abuse and addiction treatment. Treatment programs, both out patient and inpatient, will range in duration and can last anywhere from fourteen days to six months long. Attending a substance abuse or addiction treatment program can provide an individual with the tools he or she needs to continue on his or her path of recovery.

Further Information

Substance abuse and addiction can be incredibly dangerous.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse or addiction, please get help as soon as possible. The earlier you seek support, the sooner you and your loved ones can return to happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. There is no reason to go through this alone. Please feel free to reach out to us for further information or with any questions regarding substance abuse or addiction. We are available anytime via telephone at: 213-389-9964, or you can always email us at:

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