Texas Drug Detox Centers

With prescription drugs widely prescribed to treat anxiety, chronic pain, and other medical conditions, public health officials are increasingly worried about their addictive potential. The rate of fatal prescription drug abuse in Texas remains relatively low at 9.6 per 100,000 individuals, putting the state at the 8th lowest in the nation. However, this represents a significant increase in recent years, with rates jumping 78% since 1999. Several commonly prescribed medications account for a large proportion of abused drugs in Texas, including Valium, Morphine, Oxycodone, Xanax, and prescription sleep aids.

Texas Laws to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

As a result of the increase in fatal drug overdose in Texas, lawmakers have passed several bills designed to decrease prescription drug abuse and help affected individuals seek help. The state maintains an active prescription drug monitoring program that allows tracking of prescribed drugs as well as pharmacy dispensing of controlled substances. Furthermore, prescribers are required by law to undergo continuing education about the addictive potential of prescription medications, a measure designed to reduce inappropriate prescriptions.

Texas also permits pharmacies to require a person to show identification before receiving a controlled prescription medication. This will reduce the likelihood of people shopping for numerous prescriptions or picking up medications under a false name.

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Seeking Help at a Drug Detox Center

Feeling unable to control your use of prescription medications can be scary, and many people try to quit “cold turkey” so as not to reveal the extent of their drug problem. However, quitting a medication abruptly after chronic use can cause potentially damaging side effects.

Anxiety, irritability, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal problems, and sleep disturbances are common during the withdrawal process. Furthermore, most people experience powerful cravings for the drug that often lead them to abandon their sobriety. Entering a professional drug detox center not only helps you control the physical symptoms of withdrawal but gives you the skills to cope with cravings and other mental health effects that go along with detoxification.

It’s common to feel isolated or alone during the drug withdrawal and rehab process. We’re here to be partners in your journey to recovery. Contact us today for advice about how to find a detox and recovery center to help you on the road to sobriety.

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