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Prescription Drug Rehab in North Carolina

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Anyone can develop an addiction to prescription medications. Many medications that doctors prescribe have the potential to be addictive. In the United States, millions of people struggle with prescription drug abuse. In fact, 52 million or 18.4% of Americans over the age of 12 have deliberately misused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime.[1]

While people can safely take these medications as prescribed, it is easy to begin taking them differently than prescribed. Using prescription drugs differently than your doctor recommends can lead to emotional or physical dependence.

Many people have an idea of how an addicted person may look or how they may behave. They may imagine someone at rock bottom who cannot work or function in their daily life.

However, prescription drug abuse often takes some time to develop. In some cases, a person’s behavior changes may be quick. In others, they can be undetectable for long periods. It can change the way someone behaves quickly, or it may occur slowly.

You may suspect that you or a loved one are developing an addiction to prescription drugs. In that case, you must get help immediately to avoid life-threatening consequences to your health and safety.

Many people require addiction treatment to overcome an addiction to prescription drugs. Addiction treatment is often essential in helping people overcome an addiction to prescription drugs. If you or a loved one are struggling, our prescription drug rehab in North Carolina can help.

Which Are the Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs?

Some of the medications prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders, pain, and anxiety pose the risk of addiction. The most commonly abused prescription medications include:[2]

  • Opioids: Fentanyl, Demerol, Vicodin, OxyContin, Dilaudid, Morphine Sulfate
  • Central Nervous System Depressants: Valium, Xanax, Zoloft, Ambien
  • Stimulants: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine

This list is not complete. It is important to take prescription medications exactly as prescribed and only under your doctor’s supervision.

Recognizing the Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

Many people begin taking medications as prescribed and then slowly change how they take them over time. Others may start taking a prescription drug that belongs to someone else for its desired effects.

Recognizing the signs of addiction can help people get the help they need as quickly as possible. Some signs of prescription drug addiction include:

  • Using more of the medication than prescribed
  • Lying, hiding, or covering up drug use
  • Legal or financial issues related to drug use
  • Changes in mood, sleep, or appetite
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to reduce or stop using
  • Developing tolerance–needing more of the medication to get the desired effect
  • Doctor shopping” or trying to get multiple prescriptions from different pharmacies

Getting treatment early in your addiction can help you avoid the most severe consequences of addiction. If you or a loved one have any of these signs of addiction, get the help you need as soon as possible.

What Happens in a Prescription Drug Rehab Program in North Carolina?

North Carolina is home to many high-quality prescription drug addiction treatment facilities. The state has an active, engaged recovery community. These features and its serene natural features make it an ideal location for people seeking effective substance abuse treatment in a beautiful setting.

Prescription drug addiction treatment generally happens in stages.  It is not enough to simply treat the physical aspects of addiction. High-quality, comprehensive treatment programs offer care for a person’s body, mind, and spirit.


In a medically supervised prescription drug detox program, medical staff monitor and treat people for discomfort and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. This allows people to have a safe, comfortable, complete detox.


People need to identify and treat the sources of their addiction and learn coping skills that help them stay sober for the rest of their lives. In treatment, people accomplish this through a combination of evidence-based and holistic therapies, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Education
  • Medications
  • Medical and mental health care
  • Holistic therapies–yoga, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, mindfulness practice, art, music, and other activities that support healing

Completing a treatment program gives people the best chance at a full, lifelong recovery from addiction. After treatment, people must develop an aftercare plan that helps them stay engaged in recovery for the rest of their life. This may mean continuing therapy, finding support groups or alumni networks, or completing additional treatment programs.

Choosing a Prescription Drug Rehab in North Carolina

After receiving an evaluation from a medical professional or addiction specialist, you must choose a facility that offers the services and level of care you need. When selecting a prescription drug rehab center, it is crucial to determine that the facility can provide high-quality treatment. Look for signs of a high-quality rehab facility, including:

  • Trained, licensed staff
  • The facility is licensed to provide addiction treatment services
  • The facility feels safe and calm
  • Evidence-based therapies make up the majority of time in treatment

You may also want to consider special needs you have, such as:

  • Gender-specific treatment
  • Location of the rehab facility
  • Special dietary or religious considerations
  • Medical and mental health care needs

Choose the facility that can best meet your needs and provides a comfortable, supportive environment.

Learn More About Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at the Carolina Center for Recovery

To learn more about the supportive prescription drug rehab program at the Carolina Center for Recovery, reach out to one of our specialists today.