Addiction: Prescription Drug Abuse


Common Types of Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Often times, the damage done by an addiction to prescription medications can be even more damaging to your physical and mental health than whatever they were prescribed to treat. The first step in treating any addiction is detoxification. This process removes the substance of abuse from the brain and body, allowing it to heal. What are some common types of prescription drug addiction treatment following detoxification?


In the case of prescription pain relievers, one of the most commonly used treatment methods is medication assisted treatment. This involves using specific medications to control withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and prevent relapses. The medications used for this purpose are:

  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Suboxone
  • Naltrexone
  • Naloxone

All of these medications are proven effective in the treatment of prescription pain reliever addiction, as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Behavioral Therapy and Counseling

The single most common method of treating an addiction is behavioral therapy and counseling. There are as many approaches to this method as there are patients and therapists. This is because there is no one treatment method that works for every person or in every situation. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, all of the various approaches share the same goals. These are:

  • To change attitudes and behaviors related to addiction,
  • To build health living skills, and
  • To keep patients engaged in all aspects of their treatment.

All of these things are essential to helping you overcome your prescription drug addiction, and form the basis of any competent treatment program.

Combined Treatment

Combined treatment, also known as medication assisted treatment, combines the use of medications with behavioral therapy and counseling. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this treatment method is often the most effective in combating prescription drug addiction. Again, there is no one treatment that is best for everyone, and you must seek a professional treatment center to determine which options are best for you.

Finding Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Knowing the types of prescription drug addiction treatment will not get you any closer to a life free from these dangerous and damaging substances. You must find a treatment center that meets your needs and create a treatment plan that gives you the best chance of successfully recovering. The sooner you act, the better off you will be.