Prescription drug abuse is a powerful, dangerous addiction that adversely affects all aspects of life – close relationships, health and finances. Yet with the right prescription drug treatment program, people can, and do, overcome prescription drug addiction and get their lives back.

Bluff’s prescription drug rehab combines high-level medical care driven by an understanding of the way in which prescription drugs alter brain chemistry with holistic and experiential therapies that heal the whole person.

Bluff’s multidisciplinary team also includes psychiatric providers, registered nurses, licensed therapists and counselors who are there to help guide patients through the entire process of prescription drug addiction treatment, from detox through aftercare and relapse prevention. Bluff offers one of the nation’s leading prescription drug addiction treatment programs with expert management and care.

Our detox protocol was developed by a board-certified physician, who also oversees our treatment programming.

Help with Managing Opioid Withdrawal

We highly recommend that individuals withdrawing from opioids receive help and support from a professional detox program. Withdrawal symptoms from opioids can be severe. At Bluff, we can relieve much of the discomfort through various non-opioid, non-habit forming medications.

Our medically supervised detox program helps individuals begin the process of healing physically, emotionally and psychologically from the damage caused by addiction. From there, individuals in the early stages of recovery can continue on in inpatient drug rehab truly restore their health and work toward a more secure and lasting sobriety through prescription drug rehab and address the causes of prescription drug abuse.

Escaping the Cycle of Pain Med Addiction

Prescription pain medication addiction rehab isn’t an easy journey, but the Bluff team of professionals will be with you every step of the way, helping you get sober and learn strategies for maintaining recovery over the long-term. Our team is deeply compassionate, experienced and dedicated to helping individuals recover.

Depending on the level of dependence or addiction, Bluff offers a variety of prescription drug abuse solutions including detox, residential treatment, and partial hospitalization programs. Our addiction specialists can help determine which level of care is best for you.

Take the first step to recovery by contacting us today.

Call: (844) 242-0806

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Opioid painkillers are among the most commonly prescribed medications nationwide. Used to treat acute and chronic pain, prescription pain meds are powerful drugs that bind to opioid receptors in the brain and elsewhere in the body, blocking pain signals. Opioids also act on the brain’s reward system, flooding the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine, leading to feelings of euphoria.

The powerful effect of prescription painkillers is why these drugs carry a high risk for misuse, dependence and addiction. According to the CDC, 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014, a number that has likely gone up since then. In 2015, opioid overdose (including heroin) killed 33,000.

How Opioid Dependence
and Addiction Develops

The first few times you take an opioid pain pill, the brain is overwhelmed by high levels of dopamine, leading to feelings of pleasure. Over time, the brain adapts and develops a tolerance. Getting that same feeling takes more and more pills, raising the health risks significantly.

Individuals who become dependent start to find it harder and harder not to take opioids. Without the drugs, they feel sick – experiencing intense flu-like symptoms and cravings that their brain is telling them can only be relieved by more drugs. Many also find that the opioid that was initially so effective in controlling pain just doesn’t work very well anymore, even when taking high doses of opioids. When it gets too difficult or expensive to get enough prescription pain pills, some resort to using heroin.

People whose dependence progresses to addiction are unable to stop. By hijacking the brain’s reward system, opioids lead addicted individuals to put finding and using drugs ahead of their friendships, family relationships, jobs and all of the things they used to enjoy. Individuals who are addicted to pain meds live a fraught and isolated existence, often consumed with guilt and shame yet unable to change their behavior with the help of prescription drug treatment. 

Prescription Opioid
Pain Medication Statistics

  • More than 1 in 3 U.S. residents (92 million adults) are prescribed prescription opioid pain medications annually, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
  • About 11.5 million obtain prescription opioids illegally.
  • Nearly 2 million reported an addiction.

Examples of Prescription Pain Medications Often Abused

  • Vicodin
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, Roxiprin, Roxicet)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)
  • Fentanyl

The Opioid Effect

Opioids don’t treat the source of pain. Instead, prescription pain meds lessen the perception of pain. Sensations associated with opioids include:

  • Feeling relaxed
  • Slightly warm
  • Foggy
  • Numb
  • Slowed breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Lethargy

For individuals who become dependent and start taking more and more of the opioids, side effects can become dangerous.

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss
  • Sedation
  • Opioid-induced hyperalgesia, or heightened sensitivity to pain
  • Stopped or slowed breathing, that can lead to overdose and death