close-up of hand with pills

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at Promises

No one sets out to become addicted to prescription drugs. It happens frequently though. We want you to know that you can overcome this. We can help. Promises drug rehabs provide effective residential treatment in a home-like setting. Our addiction specialists will help you take back your life. Call us to learn more about our treatment options: 844-876-5568

How We Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction

Promises treatment center provides evidence-based prescription drug addiction treatment.

Medical Detox

The first step in treatment and recovery from prescription drug abuse is often detox. Our medical professionals make sure drug detox is safe and comfortable with approaches that may include:

  • Medications to ease drug withdrawal
  • Alternative approaches for withdrawal symptoms like acupuncture and massage therapy
  • 24/7 monitoring by medical staff
  • Comfortable treatment facility

We offer medical detox for many kinds of prescription drug abuse including:

  • Prescription opioids / prescription painkillers
  • Stimulants such as amphetamines and methylphenidates
  • CNS depressants such as:
    • Tranquilizers
    • Sedatives/ sleeping pills
    • Hypnotics
    • Benzodiazepines
  • Other Rx drugs like dextromethorphan

We also provide medical detox for alcohol abuse and illicit drug abuse. It’s important that you don’t attempt to detox on your own from alcohol and drug abuse. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and dangerous in some cases. For instance, alcohol and opioid withdrawal can be particularly complex. Oversight from a medical professional is imperative.

Residential Treatment

After medical detox, we’ll craft an individualized treatment plan that considers your particular issues, background and preferences. Prescription drug addiction treatment at Promises restores physical and mental health while teaching you healthy coping skills to move forward without substance abuse.

Inpatient rehab at Promises is a tranformative experience for many. Our substance abuse and mental health professionals are experts in their fields. They’re also passionate about what they do. They’ll help you stop drug misuse and create a fulfilling life in recovery. Our treatment center is welcoming with comfortable furnishings and warm decor. You’ll enjoy soothing views of nature with settings near oceans or rolling hills.

Components of inpatient treatment may include:

Treatment for co-occurring disorders

Drug abuse and addiction often go hand-in-hand with mental health disorders. Over 7 million people in the U.S. with a substance use disorder have at least one mental health disorder. This is also known as a dual diagnosis. Our medical professionals will assess you for any underlying mental health symptoms that could trigger substance abuse. We’ll determine if non-addictive medications can help your mental health symptoms. You’ll also participate in plenty of behavioral therapy to address underlying issues that fuel mental health disorders.

Individual therapy

You’ll have individual therapy sessions with a trained mental health professional. Individual therapy helps you work on underlying emotional pain that can fuel alcohol and drug addiction. Our therapists may draw on treatment therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and dialectical behavior therapy. These approaches are especially useful in substance abuse treatment.

Group therapy

You’ll meet in groups with peers sharing similar issues. Group therapy is an opportunity to:

  • Explore issues that underlie substance abuse
  • Connect with people that understand your struggles
  • Get guidance from a trained mental health professional
  • Develop better interpersonal skills
  • Learn healthy coping skills

Family therapy

Substance abuse and addiction wreak havoc on families. Family therapy helps you begin repairing relationships with loved ones.  A trained therapist guides you and your loved ones to better communication. You’ll learn how best to support each other.

Alternative therapies

Painkiller addiction treatment also includes alternative therapies. These approaches help nourish your behavioral health in different ways than talk therapy. Some of our treatment centers offer approaches like:

  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodrama
  • Adventure therapies
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • EMDR

If you’re struggling with painkiller addiction, you may also take part in alternative pain management therapies like massage and acupuncture.

Aftercare Planning

We’ll help you plan for life after inpatient rehab. You’ll learn relapse prevention skills in residential treatment. We’ll also connect you with resources in your community such as:

  • Appointments with medical professionals and therapists
  • Addiction recovery support groups like the 12 Steps and alternatives to the 12 Steps
  • Outpatient drug rehab as needed
  • Sober-living residences

About Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that over 52 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Prescription drugs often straddle the line between helpful and damaging. Many prescription drugs help treat symptoms of psychological and medical conditions. They may also cause painful or uncomfortable side effects. Some medications like prescription painkillers have a high potential for prescription drug misuse.

Why Do People Abuse Prescription Drugs?

Certain types of medications are commonly abused by people looking to achieve a certain state of mind. These may include feelings of:

  • Elation or “being high”
  • Relaxation
  • Freedom from anxiety

Because of how these drugs work on the brain, this misuse of prescription drugs can lead to drug dependency and addiction.

Types of Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Commonly abused prescription drugs that often lead to addiction are:

  • Depressants
  • Stimulants
  • Opioid painkillers


Depressants act on the central nervous system to slow it down and make people feel relaxed, less anxious or sleepy. CNS depressants are also called sedatives and tranquilizers. Medical professionals prescribe depressants for anxiety disorders and sleep disorders.

Benzodiazepines (Benzos)

This class of depressants includes drugs like Valium and Xanax. They’re often used for anxiety and panic attacks. Benzos are usually not prescribed over the long-term because of the potential for addiction and abuse.


Barbiturates are another type of  CNS depressant. Barbituates include drugs like Mebaral and Nembutal. They’re used less commonly than benzodiazepines because they carry a greater risk of drug misuse and overdose. Medical professionals use them for surgeries. They’re also used to treat seizure disorders.

Sleeping medications

Sleeping pills that are not benzodiazepines is another class of depressants. These include medications like Lunesta, Ambien and Sonata. They cause fewer side effects than benzodiazepines and are less addictive.

Depressant drugs produce intoxicating effects that may lead to prescription drug abuse. These include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Less anxiety
  • Overall feeling of well-being
  • Lower inhibitions

Sleeping pills can also make people uncoordinated, dizzy and confused. They lower people’s blood pressure and slow their breathing. Sleeping pills can be very dangerous when combined with alcohol.

Risks of depressant drug abuse:

People with anxiety disorders may begin abusing depressants for the initial relief they provide. Over time they develop a physical and psychological dependence on depressants. Abusing depressants may cause:

  • Slurred speech
  • Slower brain activity
  • Blurry vision
  • Weakness
  • Poor muscle control
  • Headaches
  • Poor decision-making
  • Slowed breathing
  • Depressant overdose
  • Drug dependency
  • Withdrawal symptoms


Stimulant medications are the opposite of CNS depressants. They act to stimulate the central nervous system, making people feel more “up.” They’re prescribed for just a few disorders because of their potential for prescription drug abuse. These medical conditions may include:

  • ADHD
  • Narcolepsy
  • Depression (less common)


Amphetamines are one class of stimulants that include drugs like:

  • Adderall
  • Biphetamine
  • Dexedrine


The second class of stimulants are methylphenidates. These drugs include medications like:

  • Concerta
  • Ritalin

Risks of stimulant abuse

Stimulants are prone to abuse and addiction because they make people feel more energetic. They also cause people to be alert. Drug abusers use them to stay awake and feel exhilarated. Stimulants are commonly abused by people who need to stay up for long hours, like truck drivers. Students have been known to misuse them as study aids to keep awake and alert.

Stimulant abuse puts people at risk for several adverse effects including:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Tremor
  • Irritability
  • Anxiousness
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Digestive problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drug dependency
  • Drug withdrawal


Opioid painkillers are one of the most addictive prescription medications. Opioids are derived from, or found naturally in, the opium poppy. This class of medications includes codeine and morphine. Both of these are natural compounds as are the drugs from which they’re made. Opioid painkillers are powerful. They’re often prescribed for people with severe or chronic pain. Some forms of opioid painkillers are prescribed to treat diarrhea and coughing. Prescription opioids include:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Meperidine
  • Propoxyphene

Some of the prescription painkiller brand names are:

  • Percocet
  • Dilaudid
  • Darvocet
  • Demerol
  • Lorcet

Opioids can produce a feeling of being high. It’s believed the roots of opioid addiction reach back for quite some time. Centuries ago, people abused opium for a euphoric feeling.  Opium is a mixture of compounds that come directly from the opium poppy. Prescription opioids provide the same effect. This pleasant sensation can quickly lead to drug dependence and opioid addiction.

Risks of opioid abuse include:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Itchiness
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma
  • Opioid withdrawal
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Death

All opioids have the potential for overdose. Fentanyl is much stronger than morphine and has a higher risk of overdose. It’s often given to terminal patients to ease severe pain. Methadone is used to treat heroin addicts. It’s also more susceptible to overdose.

Paying for Addiction Treatment

Inpatient rehab for prescription drug abuse may be more affordable than you think. Many insurance plans have a behavioral health component. This feature may mean your insurance coverage pays for a large portion of substance abuse and mental health treatment. Call our admissions team today. We’ll work directly with your insurance company to determine your benefits. We’ll provide an estimate based on your insurance coverage that includes potential out-of-pocket expenses. Contact us for a free benefits check: 844-876-5568

Get Back On Track

It’s possible to recover from prescription drug abuse. Our prescription drug addiction treatment program is evidence-based. You’ll safely and comfortably eliminate drugs from your body. We’ll help you heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Contact us today. The call is confidential and free: 844-876-5568

To learn more about Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment, call 844-876-5568

Contact Promises Today for a Confidential Assessment.
Call 844-876-5568 or fill out the form below.