Prescription Drug Addiction and Dependency

Olympia House is an experienced and caring provider for prescription drug treatment. There are many types of prescription drugs and of the portion that have psychological effects (change your state of mind), some can be highly addictive. These highly addictive medications and the drugs that most often constitute prescription drug abuse fall into the categories called opioids, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines. Most all of these substances activate dopamine which is a chemical in the brain that helps carry rewarding messages. These drugs hijack these reward pathways creating addictive behaviors and may lead to prescription drug abuse.

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Prescription Drug Abuse

The United States comprises about 5% of people on earth, yet we consume 75% of the world’s prescription drugs according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Medication addiction is at alarming highs in the United States – it is believed that 15 million people abuse medications like opioids, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines. (Foundations for a Drug-Free World) Data tells us that significant amount of people believe that prescription drugs are “safer” than illicit drugs. Illicit drug abuse and prescription drug abuse are equally dangerous.

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Medication Addiction to Opioids, Benzodiazepines, and Amphetamines


Opioid Addiction

*Never mix opiate medications with alcohol, benzodiazepines or any other drugs especially those with depressing qualities. This may result in overdose and death.

Opioids are a type of prescription medication that is used to treat pain. These include: OxyContin, Vicodin, Fentanyl, and others. These drugs interfere with body’s own natural pain killing system, called the endorphin system. Opioids have a very high potential for abuse and dependence, as they can be extremely painful and uncomfortable to stop after taking them for a consistent period of time. This is called opioid withdrawal. Opioid addiction (link) to prescription painkillers can be devastating to one’s family and friends – and is in many respects a driving source of the opioid crisis in the United States.

Benzodiazepine Addiction

*Never mix benzo medications with alcohol, opioids or any other drugs especially those with depressing qualities. This may result in overdose and death. Benzo withdrawal can be a life-threatening condition. Do not undertake this process by yourself.

Benzodiazepines or “Benzos” for short are usually prescribed to residents and clients for anxiety conditions or to help with sleep. They cause drowsiness and have a sedating effect and are extremely easy to become dependent on if used for long periods of time or if taken outside a regime prescribed by a physician. The most common types of benzodiazepines that carry the highest risk of addiction include but are not limited to: Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan. Xanax addiction is particularly hard to treat and difficult to overcome because of the drugs short-acting effects, that can require consistent redosing in order to achieve “a high” or even normal states of functioning. residents and clients often find themselves in swings of anxiety and extreme discomfort in undergoing Xanax withdrawal. During Xanax addiction treatment or benzo addiction treatment at Olympia House, we are able to use the latest evidence-based medical and therapeutic interventions with our residents and clients who suffer from this condition. We understand the co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression often accompanies benzodiazepine addiction – and during prescription benzo treatment we always take these complex factors into consideration.

Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamines are prescribed to treat conditions related to sleep or more commonly for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Amphetamines belong to a class of drugs called stimulants that include cocaine and methamphetamine (meth). Common prescription amphetamine medications include: Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. Those experiencing amphetamine addiction may experience intense feelings of euphoria during highs paired with increased levels of agitation and stimulation as the drug begins to leave one’s system. Prescription stimulant abuse can have very similar effects as cocaine abuse or meth addiction. At Olympia we treat amphetamine addiction and prescription stimulant abuse in an individualized way, helping you or a loved one gain the crucial tools necessary for a successful detox, treatment and ongoing recovery.

Our Approach to Treating Prescription Drug Addiction


Medication Detox

Residents and clients at Olympia house may undergo a non-medical detox for prescription drug abuse. Residents and clients when needed may receive comfort medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Olympia House utilizes many resources to make sure you or a loved one undergoes successful prescription drug addiction detox. We use all the resources are our disposal to ensure your comfort during this process.

Prescription Drug Treatment

Residential treatment at Olympia is truly an experience like nothing else. We offer counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and other peer support groups in a serene setting in the beautiful green hills and countryside of Petaluma. When appropriate especially for opioids or benzodiazepines we utilize medication-assisted treatment which can be life-changing for our residents and clients.

Prescription Drug Abuse Recovery

Recovery from prescription drugs is a long path that is often times littered with small slip-ups and big ones too. We understand this and is why we offer free Tune Ups to prevent relapse after you leave.

The process and complexities associated with you or a loved one’s dependence on prescription medications can be very discouraging. We help people like yourself or your loved one every day. This is our job and our passion. Please contact us if help is needed (888) 795-1965