What are my Options for Getting Help with Prescription Drug Abuse?

Posted by Prelude on May 28, 2015 1:36:00 PM


If prescription drugs are taking over your life, there is hope. Some days, it might not seem like there is any. But, rest assured, there is someone out there who is waiting for you to seek the help you’ve been looking for—and deserve. 

The first step on your road to recovery can be a difficult one, but it’s worth it. It’s time to do something about the issue, but knowing the right path to take can be overwhelming.

If you’re debating the best method to get help for your battle with prescription drugs, here are your best choices:


When people consider their problems with prescription drug abuse, self-help is usually the first path they take. Unfortunately, it’s often not the last. Prescription drugs are difficult to shake, and treating yourself to a cold-turkey treatment might lead to quick relapse and serious health consequences. Do not stop taking your medications without the advice of your physician.

If you decide to take a self-help approach to your prescription drug problem, investigate your own patterns of use. What are the things that “trigger” your use? Is there a specific pattern to your use? Are there harmful people you can cut out from your life to help with this problem?

Narcotics Anonymous or Group Therapy

Some people struggling with addiction issues often find solace and support in group therapy, either in a treatment facility or in an Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group.

If you’re looking for a community-based approach to prescription drug abuse, Narcotics Anonymous might be the solution you’re looking for.

Using their “12-step” method, NA has helped thousands of individuals end their addiction through admitting powerlessness, making amends for their wrongs, and finding their higher power as they see it.

Apart from NA, there are other forms of self-help that might work out better for you. But all share the same benefit: having a group of supporters there to assist and cheer you along the road to recovery.


If problems with prescription drug misuse has crept heavily into your everyday life—influencing your work and family life—it’s time to look for more thorough treatment. It can be hard to just ditch everything and remove yourself from all temptation. That’s what outpatient services are for, and many people find them to be the most effective choice.

There are many different types of outpatient prescription drug abuse treatments, from weekly check-ins with a behavioral health professional to intensive, daily therapy sessions that can last upwards of 4 hours.

If the right path isn’t clear to you, talk to an accredited behavioral counseling professional and get the help you need.


Some prescription drug problems may require something more intensive than outpatient treatment. Inpatient care, involving a stay at a facility, is often the best approach for people facing difficult prescription drug abuse issues.

The main benefit of inpatient care: 24-hour intensive care. If you feel like temptation is always near, inpatient therapy might be the right choice for you.

If you’re unsure about which option is best for you, reach out to a behavioral services treatment center. They will be happy to help you decide.

Topics: Addicton

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