Pennsylvania is home to Dutch country and the beauty of gently rolling hillsides unmatched by most places in America. Lancaster County in particular features farmer’s markets, artisan gift shops and the Mount Hope Estate and Winery. In the midst of all the charm of quaint villages and farm life, there is a struggle unlike any other.

According to the Pocono Record, in 2015, 30505 people died of drug overdose; most of which were caused by prescription opioid addiction. And that number is more than the total number of people who died in car accidents that same year. Understanding more about prescription opioid addiction can help you or your loved one recognize the signs and get help.

Prescription Opioids in Pennsylvania

Prescription opioids are semi-sythetic and synthetic versions of opiates which are derived from the Asian poppy plant. Opioids act on opioid receptors in the brain to change the way the body perceives pain. Opioids also produce feelings of euphoria in the user. Using opioids for longer periods of time and in larger amounts than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction.

Over time, the brain relies completely on the drugs for the feelings of euphoria it produces as the brain’s natural neurotransmitters no longer function properly. This is why those who are addicted feel they need the drug to feel and function “normally.” Opioids are most often prescribed to treat pain after surgery, injury, or to manage chronic pain-causing conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Some of the most common opioids prescribed for pain management include:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • OxyContin
  • Vicodin
  • Lortab
  • Demerol
  • Cough syrup with codeine

If you or a loved one uses opioids for pain management and you think you might be developing a dependence on the drug, look for the following signs of addiction:

  • Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
  • Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
  • Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
  • “Doctor shopping,” for new prescriptions for the drug
  • Engaging in dangerous behaviors, like driving, while under the influence of the drug
  • Participating in illegal activities, such as stealing, to get and use the drug
  • Becoming more involved in the drug culture
  • Changes in behavior, physical appearance and personal hygiene
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

Even one of these symptoms can indicate a developing problem and a need for drug treatment.

Drug Treatment in Pennsylvania

Although prescription opioid addiction is at epidemic proportions in Pennsylvania, help abounds for anyone who needs it. Recognizing that you or your loved one has a problem is the first step on the road to recovery. Finding the right treatment begins by making that first phone call. The following are just a few of the options when it comes to getting addiction treatment in Pennsylvania:

Just Believe Recovery Center

Is located in Carbondale, and features treatment programs for those struggling with substance abuse. Just Believe offers medically-supervised detox, partial hospitalization treatment, inpatient treatment, 12 –Step focus, sober living and an intensive outpatient program. Just Believe offers private pay and works with many private insurance companies but does not accept Medicaid or Medicare.

Behavioral Wellness and Recovery

Is located in West Chester and uses cognitive behavioral therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as the core of their treatment program.

Their comprehensive approach to drug treatment features individual and group therapy sessions, community and peer-based sessions using the 12-Step model, long-term recovery training and strategic planning for each patient, nutrition classes, meditation and other holistic methods focused on healing the entire person- body, mind and spirit.

They are also known for their family-centric programs so families can heal from addiction together. Behavioral Wellness is accredited by the Joint Commission, accepts most PPO insurance plans and private pay, but does not accept Medicaid and Medicare.

Finding Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

The road to recovery is a life-long commitment to a one-day-at-a-time journey. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about treatment and to help you find the right program for you. You are not alone. Call us now.

Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Rehabs