When prescription drugs are used as advised, they can provide relief from a variety of medical ills. However, these powerful medications can become highly addictive when users deviate from their prescription recommendations. Ritalin and Adderall, two types of amphetamines, can help to control the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Because of their ability to temporarily increase focus and alertness in users, some people may abuse these amphetamines to perform better while at school or in the workplace. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, which may be the reason why so many people form addictions to popular painkiller medications such as Demerol and Oxycodone. Yet the anxiety drug Xanax is responsible for more drug addictions than any other type of prescription medication. The drug’s ability to soothe and relax users may be to blame for its widespread usage in the United States.
Chemical dependency is a problem that requires professional help. At Las Encinas Hospital, we offer dual diagnosis treatment that can address both the drug addiction and the physical or psychological issue underlying it. For more information on the services that we offer to Pasadena area residents, call (888) 348-2165.