Substance Abuse Dallas Places New Focuses on Pain Management

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Substance Abuse Dallas is implementing a new opiate treatment program designed to help with pain management.

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Substance Abuse Dallas has emerged as one of the most innovative clinics to treat this specific type of addiction.

The fastest growing form of drug abuse in America isn’t found on the street corner. It can be found in the medicine cabinet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths from prescription medication has more than tripled since 1990. While more research is being done to treat addicts of pain medication, Substance Abuse Dallas has emerged as one of the most innovative clinics to treat this specific type of addiction.

Since opening, Substance Abuse Dallas has helped alot of addicts overcome their chemical dependencies to alcohol and illegal drugs. But it has recently developed a national reputation for helping victims of prescription drug abuse. Much of its success has been attributed to the use of Dual Diagnosis.

“A good portion of our patients suffer from some kind of mental disorder,” said Substance Abuse Dallas staff member James Thomas. “It’s a particularly big problem for those who have prescription drug addiction issues.”

Among the most used prescription drugs include Oxycontin, Adderall, Xanax and Vicodin. They are easily accessible and when combined with alcohol and other drugs, they can become lethal. According to Thomas, rehabilitating addicts of prescription drugs isn’t much different than treating those who abuse street drugs.

“A lot of street drugs have their roots from prescription medication.” Thomas said. “Many people don’t know heroin started as a prescription drug.”

One noticeable trend is the increased use among young people between the ages of 18 and 25. Prescription drugs rank second only to marijuana for this age group. One major reason is they’re easily accessible. A study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health discovered most of these drugs are obtained mostly from friends and relatives. Conversely only five percent were obtained from drug dealers.

But what can parents do to help prevent their kids from abusing prescription medication? Here are some helpful tips from Thomas.

  • Disposal: Learn how to properly dispose prescription drugs in your home.
  • Communication: Talk with your kids about dangers of prescription medication.
  • Take Back Program: Many local communities have trash and recycling services available to dispose of prescription drugs.
  • Get Help: Seek help immediately if you find your child has been abusing medication.

About Substance Abuse Dallas:

Substance Abuse Dallas has been helping patients overcome chemical dependency and will continue to do so until drug addiction is not longer a problem. Its certified staff takes pride in providing individualized care through Dual Diagnosis. For more information, call (214) 666-8697 or visit them at

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