Prescription Drugs

They may come from a doctor but that doesn’t mean they can’t be abused

Prescription Drugs: What You Need to Know

As the opioid crisis shows no signs of slowing down, one of the biggest revelations was how significant a role prescription drugs played. After all, if a doctor signs off on something for a legitimate medical reason, it can’t harm you, right?


The instructions on the bottle aren’t a misprint. And whenever someone takes too many, “borrows” pills from a friend, or continues to get refills long after the injury is healed, the misuse of these drugs can not only lead to addiction but the pursuit of cheaper, more dangerous opioids once the desired effect has worn off.

Withdrawal from prescription drugs is challenging and unpleasant, which is why many people with the best of intentions struggle without professional intervention.

How It Works

Designed to alleviate pain, opioids are depressants that flood the brain with dopamine. By blocking pain messages sent from the body through the spinal cord to the brain, breathing is slowed, and there’s a euphoric feeling of calm and drowsiness.

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The Stats on Prescription Drugs

Effects of Prescription Drugs

  • Poor coordination, unsteady walking, slurred speech
  • Dizziness
  • Poor concentration, confusion, and problems with memory
  • Slowed breathing rate
  • Changes in social behavior
  • Increased dosage required for pain relief
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Changes in personality
  • Seeking out multiple doctors for similar issues

Prescription pills and young adults

Help for Prescription Drug Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription addiction, we’re here for you. Dr. Claudia Black, the clinical architect of our treatment program, has decades of experience working with family systems and addictive disorders. Her leadership and our entire team’s professional, compassionate approach have helped many young adults find freedom, hope, and a healthy path forward.

“Withdrawal from prescription drugs is challenging and unpleasant, which is why many people with the best of intentions struggle without professional intervention.”


Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.

If you are interested in treatment for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out our convenient Admissions form!




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