South Carolina Drug Detox Centers

The White House has declared a fight on prescription drug abuse a national priority, and states have followed suit. In South Carolina, 14.6 per 100,000 residents die each year from drug overdose, many of which are from prescription medications. This rate has tripled since 1999, leaving South Carolina with the 16th highest fatal drug overdose rate in the nation. Although addiction potential varies from drug to drug, some of the most commonly abused drugs include benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Valium; painkillers like morphine or Oxycontin; sleep aids such as Ambien; and barbiturates like phenobarbital.

South Carolina Measures to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Lawmakers have been slow to adopt strong measures to fight prescription drug abuse in the state, scoring just 5 out of 10 on a report card indicating promising legislation to combat addiction. Currently, South Carolina has doctor shopping laws that prevent residents from lying to their doctors about existing prescriptions.

The state also requires doctors to perform a physical examination on a patient before writing a prescription, cutting down on fraudulent or inappropriate prescriptions. Additionally, South Carolina’s Medicaid lock-in program requires any person receiving Medicaid who is suspected of abusing prescription drugs to use a single doctor and single pharmacy.

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Importance of Drug Detox Centers

No matter what drug a person is struggling with, withdrawal is the first — and often toughest — part of the recovery process. Prescription drug users sometimes erroneously believe that because prescription medications aren’t “hard drugs” like heroin or cocaine, this step will be easier. However, prescription medications such as Xanax or painkillers act on the brain and actually change its chemistry. Over time, the brain and body come to depend on prescription medications to maintain normal functioning. As a result, removing the drugs may cause a variety of side effects.

Withdrawal may include physical symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal distress) or psychological symptoms (e.g., anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating). Some of these effects may be dangerous for certain individuals, making it important to seek professional medical care during the detox process. Entering a detox center ensures you get the medical and psychological care you need during this difficult step toward recovery.

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