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Prescription Drug Detox in Austin, Texas

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What are Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs have a large variety of names. There are a variety of different types and not all of them have the potential to be addictive. However once an individual experiences an attachment to a specific prescription drug, it becomes a severe obstacle to face. During this ordeal, prescription drug detox and prescription drug rehab are necessary to identify and treat the struggle instantly. 

What are Common Prescription Drugs That Individuals Can Become Addicted to?

Addiction begins with prescription drugs when they are misused. There are three main types of prescription drugs that are habitually used. Each medication is used to treat either a mental health disorder or a medical condition. Once a person gets addicted to one of the following drugs, it will be essential to detox prescription drugs. 


The most commonly abused benzodiazepines (benzos) include Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium. When this drug is abused by an individual, the submission is oral. This medication treats seizures, anxiety disorders, and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. 


The depressants in this classification include Seconal, Nembutal, and Amytal. These drugs can be used intravenously or orally. This medication is used to treat insomnia, migraines, and seizures.

Sleep Medications

The most commonly used sleep medications include Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata. These medications are taken orally. They are usually used to treat sleep-related disorders such as night terrors or insomnia.  


The most commonly used stimulants include Dexedrine, Adderall, and Biphetamine. These medications are taken intravenously, orally, snorted, or smoked. The majority of this prescription drug is used to treat concentration-related disorders like attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). 


The stimulants in this classification include Concerta and Ritalin. These medications are either snorted, swallowed, or injected. Both medications are used to treat ADHD.


This opioid narcotic is used to treat severe chronic pain and is extremely potent. It has been responsible for a considerable amount of overdose-related deaths. Usually, heroin dealers will regularly cut their products with this powerful drug.


This pain medication is often used to treat mild to moderate pain. This drug is frequently taken in the form of cough syrup. This particular drug is known to be extremely habit-forming.


This medication is used to treat symptoms of heroin addiction and moderate pain. Individuals who have been abusing heroin for a prolonged length of time will utilize methadone. This drug doesn’t produce a “high” unless taken in substantial amounts to combat psychological and physical cravings.


This medication is used to treat severe pain in a hospital setting and is exceedingly addictive. When an individual abuses this particular drug, it can be deadly when it is taken with a depressant like alcohol. 


The brand name for oxycodone is OxyContin. This is a narcotic to treat moderate to severe pain. Once an individual engages in this drug, eventually they will start using heroin. The rates of this medication are exceptionally high.


This medication is another commonly abused opioid narcotic. Once this drug is prescribed, it is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction?

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Obtaining prescription drugs from more than one doctor, also known as doctor shopping
  • Consistently reporting medications lost or stolen to obtain the drug of choice, being dishonest and manipulative
  • Failure to take care of obligations or complete responsibilities, resulting in lack of reliability 
  • Stealing prescription drugs from family members, strangers, and friends. For example, raiding the medicine cabinet of a random house party.
  • Denial, justification, and ultimately the inability to provide straightforward answers when confronted about prescription drug use. 
  • Changing methods of use to attain a more severe high, For example, the individual will snort the pill or use it intravenously, rather than taking it orally.

Psychological Symptoms

  • Clouded judgment and difficulty making decisions
  • Anxiety and depression symptoms
  • A mental obsession with obtaining and using the drug of choice
  • Intense cravings
  • Headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting 
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to focus on anything for a long time
  • Mood swings, unexplainable changes in attitude, and mood (generally marked by irritability and agitation) 

Studies show that more than 15 million American adults are currently addicted to prescription medications which equate to a 2.7-lifetime prevalence nationwide. Due to the effects of the prescription drugs varying greatly, the signs and symptoms will also vary significantly. 

Female psychologist therapy during prescription drug detox

Withdrawal from Prescription Drugs

When an individual is detoxing from prescription drugs, the process is extraordinarily uncomfortable and can lead to serious health-related difficulties if not overseen by a team of medical professionals. In the majority of the cases, psychological and physical cases overlap. The withdrawal journey is unique for each individual and prescription drug. When any form of the substance is addictive, it alters the way the brain processes and manages emotions. Therefore, it will interfere with the brain’s reward center and pleasure, resulting in dependency and cravings.

Common Prescription Drug Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions 
  • Profuse sweating, and chills

Each withdrawal symptom will be different depending on the drug that was taken. For example, if an individual abused stimulants, the more likely effects are sleep-related issues such as extreme fatigue, nausea and stomach cramps, and depression. An individual suffering from an opioid narcotic will experience symptoms that resemble the severe flu, ranging from headache, runny nose, chills, body aches, fever, and gastrointestinal issues.  

Individuals who suffer from depressants have the highest risk of serious complications resulting from withdrawal and can experience seizures and even a coma if not medically monitored 24/7.

What Can Someone Expect When Going Through Detox for Prescription Drugs?

Opiate withdrawal symptoms aren’t as intense compared to other substances. Once an individual relapses, the result in return can be extremely life-threatening. Each person has a unique experience and the precise course of action depends on a couple of different factors.

  • Amount consumed
  • Family history
  • Medical history
  • Physical health
  • History and severity of addiction
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders

Makana Path is licensed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to supply thorough residential treatment and residential detoxification. Recovery is our comprehensive goal and relief is our priority. Once an individual has completed the early stages of detox, they can instantly transition to feasible programming and take advantage of mental health services and support. 

  • Clinical services
  • Case management
  • 12-step programming
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Aftercare planning

What Types of Treatment and Therapy are Available for Prescription Drug Addiction?

Once detox is completed at Makana Path, the next step in their recovery treatment is primary residential treatment. The two programs offered are BRC Recovery and a sober living program such as Segue Recovery Support. Each client is unique, presenting different goals and backgrounds.

Case Management

We don’t expect our clients to do it on their own because the path towards a lasting recovery is unique for each individual. Our blueprint contains what a client needs to maintain and attain sobriety. Each client will be paired with a committed case manager who will serve as their main point of contact and make sure their recovery is on track. The case manager and the client relationship is noteworthy and empowering. The pair will work together to finalize the next steps of detox completion. 

The process of detox will be overwhelming and unknown for the clients and their families. The goal is to use the case manager as a valuable asset. The client will be able to remove any uncertain feelings the client may experience, by granting them the care they deserve and helping them stay on track. Particular responsibilities consist of a few distinct elements.

  • Coordinating treatment with Makana Path medical and clinical staff
  • Planning for aftercare
  • Serving as a primary point of contact for family members
  • Ensuring that the client is receiving a sufficient combination of holistic, clinical, and spiritual programming

The client should utilize the resources the case manager provides because they will serve as allies and advocates. There will be peace of mind granted to the individual suffering knowing that their case manager is on their side wanting the best life for them.

Aftercare Planning

We believe in community-driven treatment as the cornerstone of the Makana Path and BRC Recovery philosophy. Our primary goal is for our clients to create lasting friendships with staff in our community and their peers. It is essential to the client’s well-being to continue to nurture those relationships during detox and after. 

Our Makana Path alumni program allows friends and families to stay connected with each other from BRC Recovery. The clients will be allowed to participate in monthly speaker series, weekly meetings, workshops, annual events, and volunteering opportunities.

Our mission is to provide ongoing opportunities for clients to stay connected and engaged in recovery. The client will be a part of the family once they have joined the Makana Path Alumni Program. We want our alumni to continue being active in providing continuous opportunities for alumni to stay occupied and connected. 

Find Help at Makana Path Today

Makana Path agrees that support is vital to gain permanent recovery. We strive to keep clients encouraged and engaged throughout every phase and stage of their process. Sobriety is just one step away. Contact us today to get started.

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