Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended (or off-label) by your prescribing doctor, that often leads to long-term addiction and dependence due to the ease in acquiring and administering the drug.
Prescription drug addiction can refer to a wide range of drugs including opioids, sedatives or anti-anxiety medications or stimulants.
At Trafalgar Residence, our treatment options for prescription drug abuse vary, but counselling through dialectical behaviour therapy is typically a key part of treatment, whether it’s individual, group, or family counselling.
DBT can help determine what factors may have led to the prescription drug abuse in the first place, such as an underlying mental health problem or relationship problems. DBT can also help you learn and maintain the skills needed to resist cravings long-term, avoid abuse of drugs and help prevent recurrence of prescription drug problems after your treatment period ends at our facility.
Through DBT, you can learn strategies for developing positive relationships and identify ways to take control of your addiction and maintain long-term recovery.
Depending on the drug and usage, detoxification may be needed as part of treatment. Withdrawal can be dangerous and in some cases may require medical supervision during the detox period.
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