Arlington, TX (PRWEB) August 31, 2013
While more research is being done to treat addicts of pain medication, Alcohol Treatment Arlington has emerged as one of the most innovative clinics to treat this specific type of addiction thanks to their groundbreaking new treatment therapies. 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 the early 90’s.
Since opening, Alcohol Treatment Arlington has helped hundreds 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 through the use of Dual Diagnosis.
“A good portion of our patients suffer from some kind of mental disorder,” said Alcohol Treatment Arlington staff member Gilbert Rand. “It’s a large issue 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.” Gilbert said. “Many people don’t know heroin started as a prescription drug.”
One noticeable trend is the increased use among young people under the age of 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.
About Alcohol Treatment Arlington:
Alcohol Treatment Arlington has been helping patients overcome chemical dependency and will keep helping as long as it takes. Its certified staff takes pride in providing individualized care through Dual Diagnosis. For more information, call (817) 385-9070 or visit them at http://www.alcoholtreatmentarlington.com/