Painkiller Addiction and Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab

Today we have prescription drugs that can treat a wide range of physical ailments and mental disorders. They can be used to treat pain, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sleep disorders, and everything in between. Prescription drug use is on the rise, but that doesn’t mean each patient is finding relief. Some patients end up in a worse condition, and many people are taking prescription painkillers and other medications that they haven’t been prescribed.

Prescription drug abuse has become a serious problem in the U.S. It’s a crisis that is affecting all age groups, in particular teens, young adults, and the elderly. The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics notes that annually 16.3 million Americans 12 and older abuse prescription medications. Of those, 2 million have developed an addiction—but only 12.7% want to acknowledge it.

The saddest part is less than 10% of abusers misuse medications in order to get high. When a doctor prescribes medication, they do so knowing that the prescription drugs could have negative consequences if they aren’t taken exactly as prescribed. Even accidental misuse can be detrimental.

One of the worst medical consequences is drug dependence. Some prescription drugs are highly addictive, and if they aren’t taken correctly it doesn’t take much for it to turn into substance abuse.

If you or a loved one are struggling with prescription drug or painkiller addiction, seeking professional help is the most important thing you can do. Finding a professional prescription drug addiction recovery program is much more effective than trying to recover on your own.

Substance use disorders are a serious condition with destructive and life-threatening effects. At Any Length Retreat, we offer men’s addiction rehab programs that address a variety of substance use disorders. Our retreats can help you successfully conquer your prescription drug addiction. Contact us to get help today.

Types of Prescription Medications That Are Commonly Misused

There are three main categories of prescription drugs that are commonly misused and can result in a substance abuse disorder.

Prescription Opioids and Painkillers

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Fentanyl
  • Codeine 

Prescription Stimulants

  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Concerta 

Prescription Benzodiazepines/Anti-Anxiety Medications

  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Xanax
  • Ativan

Why Prescription Painkiller Addiction Treatment is Vital

Just because a doctor has prescribed a drug doesn’t mean it is not potentially dangerous or habit-forming. Studies show prescription drugs, such as opioid painkillers, have addictive properties equal to those of illicit substances like heroin. In fact, some of today’s illicit drugs were once used as medications themselves. Their pain-relieving, numbing, or stimulating characteristics were not always known to be dangerous, and since they were highly effective for certain medical purposes, their chemical structures now form the basis for many modern prescription drugs.

Pharmaceutical companies have specifically formulated today’s medications to mimic the effects of these illicit substances, while reducing— though not eliminating—their harmful properties. Misuse or recreational use of these substances can lead to drug tolerance, physical dependence, or addiction, just as easily as with illicit drugs.

Prescription Drug Abuse is Part of the Opioid Epidemic

Many people think prescription painkillers are vastly different from heroin, when in fact, they are very similar. Many painkillers that are prescribed by doctors are opioids just like heroin. We now know that prescription painkiller misuse helped to fuel the opioid epidemic. Prescription drug misuse led to physical dependence and opioid addiction. Often, people who are addicted to prescription drugs and painkillers will turn to illicit street drugs whenever they can no longer get the pills or they no longer feel the same effects.

Unfortunately, many people who are addicted to opioid painkillers begin using heroin to satisfy their addiction. Others use fentanyl, an even more powerful opioid that can be 50 times stronger than heroin. It’s also even more deadly and has been attributed to the spike in opioid overdose deaths in recent years. 

The need for strong prescription drug addiction treatment is clear. Abusing prescription drugs is a slippery slope that can quickly lead to opioid addiction or even heroin addiction. Any Length Retreat provides holistic pill and prescription painkiller addiction recovery services and drug rehab programs for men in Austin, TX. Our retreats take a unique approach to help men recover from substance use disorders by building a supportive community and individualized recovery plan that’s based on proven healing methodologies.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse can be difficult to spot at first if the person is taking medication that has been prescribed by their doctor. They may start off using prescription medications properly to manage acute and chronic pain, treat anxiety, or overcome sleep disorders. But if prescription medicine is taken in a way that isn’t recommended—too large a dose or doses that are too frequent—that’s when a person can become physically dependent and an addiction can form.

One of the most common signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse, no matter what is taken, is misusing prescription medications. When people misuse prescription drugs, you’ll notice they are taking medications more than recommended or after they should be off the medication entirely.

Other signs and symptoms that someone is addicted to prescription medicines vary, depending on the substance that’s taken.

Prescription Opioids and Painkillers

  • Worse pain despite higher doses of medication
  • Drowsiness, even with adequate sleep
  • Constipation
  • Confusion and mental fogginess
  • Poor coordination
  • Slow breathing 

Prescription Stimulants

  • High levels of energy
  • Hyper alertness
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Lack of appetite/weight loss
  • Insomnia/difficulty sleeping
  • Increased anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Easily agitated 

Prescription Benzodiazepines/Anti-Anxiety Medications

  • Higher doses to relieve symptoms
  • Drowsiness despite getting adequate sleep
  • Poor coordination
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Slow breathing

Get the Highest-Rated Texas Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab Services

If you or your loved one are struggling with prescription drug abuse, please contact us today. We are here to help you 24/7, free of charge and with absolutely no commitment.

Our retreats are for men of all ages, from early teens to seniors. The best thing you can do for yourself or your loved one is reach out for help. Take the first step toward your best life today with the highest-rated Texas prescription drug addiction recovery program. Our compassionate and supportive admissions staff is standing by to help you anytime you need it.


You don’t have to suffer with a prescription drug addiction forever. There is a way out. At Any Length Retreat, we can help you not just recover from addiction but build a better future.

Call or text (512) 960-1440 to get help today. We’re standing by 24/7 to help you get started.

*Any Length Retreat is a supportive, educational recovery system and community. It is not a substitute for psychotherapy, clinical, or medical treatment for substance use disorders or mental health disorders.

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