Friday, May 29, 2009

Prescription Drug Rehab

Do you know of any good California Drug Rehab programs? When I was in medical school, I used to work in a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. I saw many patients who had drug and alcohol addictions. They were essentially using drugs and alcohol to cope with depression, stress, anxiety, and even PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). Drug abuse is a common problem, even among non-military veterans. The statistics can be quite staggering. Many adults struggle with anxiety and they become dependent on benzos (like Ativan, Valium, and others) to help them relax. In the United States, benzodiazepines are Schedule IV drugs under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

There is a strong need for better Prescription Drug Rehab programs in this country. Because of the addictive potential associated with opioids, many patients now need Vicodin Rehab (I'm not picking on a single opioid, I'm just using an example). Other commonly abused opioids include: Percocet, Dilaudid, Demerol, and Fentanyl (yes, even this drug gets misused). Opioid withdrawal symptoms can include severe dysphoria, sweating, nausea, rhinorrea, depression, severe fatigue, vomiting and pain. You've seen it in the movies. Don't let your loved ones go through withdrawal alone. Make sure to find a good rehab program for them.

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