Overcoming Prescription Drug Addiction: A Guide to Coping and Understanding

Overview

Prescription drug addiction is now one of the nation’s most serious drug problems. More Americans are abusing controlled prescription drugs more than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined.  With the exception of marijuana, prescription painkillers are the most widely abused drug in the U.S.

Many who are addicted to prescription drugs are “unwitting addicts”—they have no history of drug abuse, but become addicted after taking a drug for legitimate reasons. ...

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Overview

Prescription drug addiction is now one of the nation’s most serious drug problems. More Americans are abusing controlled prescription drugs more than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined.  With the exception of marijuana, prescription painkillers are the most widely abused drug in the U.S.

Many who are addicted to prescription drugs are “unwitting addicts”—they have no history of drug abuse, but become addicted after taking a drug for legitimate reasons. Rod Colvin understands this problem. His 35-year old brother died as a result of his long-term addiction to painkillers and tranquilizers.

Drawing from his personal experience and his background as a counselor, Colvin offers help to those suffering from addiction as well as their families. In this new, third edition, Colvin discusses dynamics of addiction and the newest treatment options; he also offers compelling personal stories from addicts who describe their journeys into recovery. These anecdotes are accompanied by advice from addiction medicine specialists.

The Book Answers These Questions:

 

·        How does addiction “rewire” the brain?

·        What are the symptoms of addiction?

·        Who’s at risk for addiction?

·        Why are more teens abusing prescription drugs?

·        When does proper medical use of a drug turn into addiction?

·        What happens if the drugs are stopped abruptly?

·        What are the symptoms of withdrawal?

·        What is the difference between addiction and physical dependence?

·        What are the top 20 most-abused prescription drugs?

How Can You Leave Prescription Drugs Behind?

Read stories of recovery from individuals who are in recovery

      ·        Learn how they become addicted

·        Find out how they made it into recovery

·        What were the turning points in their lives that made them seek recovery?

·        What is their advice to others who are struggling?

Treatment for Addiction

·        What are the treatment options?

·        What is a medical detox?

·        What is in-patient treatment?

·        What is out-patient treatment?

·        What is a partial-day treatment plan?

·        What is rapid detox for opiate addiction?

·        Does insurance pay for treatment?

·        What is relapse prevention education?

How Can Family Members Ease Their Pain?

Addiction affects everyone in the family. No one escapes the pain and the chaos.

·        What can family members do to help the addict and themselves?

·        What does it mean to enable an addict?

·        Find out if you’re enabling a loved one who’s addicted

·        What is a family intervention?

·        How can you set up an intervention to get your loved one into treatment?

·        Understand that addiction is a progressive disease

Advice from Addiction Medicine Specialists

Read the advice of addiction medicine specialists. Their topics:

·        Addiction is an illness

·        How to build on hope

·        Be cautious with benzodiazepines

·        Stages of chemical dependency

·        Addiction to pills means greater denial

·        Addicts are not having fun

·        Warning signs of addiction

·        How to avoid isolating, a trigger for relapse

Getting Pills to Feed an Addiction

Did you ever wonder how an addict can obtain so many prescriptions? This chapter tells you. It discusses:

·        Doctor shopping

·        Why doctors often misprescribe

·        Why forged prescriptions get filled

·        Ordering drugs from the Internet

Do You Have Chronic Pain?

Twenty percent of Americans have chronic pain. How do you avoid addiction if you need pain pills for chronic pain? This chapter answers questions such as:

·        Why is most pain under-treated?

·        Does pain treatment lead to addiction?

·        What percentage of people become addicted?

·        Why are so many doctors under-trained in pain management?

·        What are the barriers to effective pain management?

Elders and Drug Abuse and Addiction

Are you a senior citizen? Or, are you caring for one? Seniors have twice the risk of becoming addicted to medications. This chapter answers such questions as:

·        How do you recognize addiction in seniors?

·        What should you do if a senior you love is addicted?

·        What are the 23 drugs you should avoid if you’re over 65?

·        Which pills are most dangerous to seniors?

·        How can your pharmacist help you with a medicine review?

Rod Colvin, M.S., has worked to increase public awareness about prescription drug abuse for the last fifteen years. He has appeared on various national, regional, and local broadcasts. From 2003 to 2005, he served on an advisory panel for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University, which did a landmark study on prescription drug abuse. He also maintains the popular Web site: www.prescriptiondrugaddiction.com. Colvin is also the author of two other nonfiction books.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This well-documented book presents the subject in an authoritative manner. Recommended as an addition to consumer health collections."  —Consumer Connection

"This book is a unique and valuable resource. It is concise and easy to read, yet it's comprehensive, thoroughly researched and contains outstanding authoritative references."  —Alan S. Hollister, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and pharmacology, University of Colorado, on the first edition

"This book fills a long-standing void—that of the need for education about the rampant abuse of prescription medication."  —Jean Sheffield, pharmacist and member, Texas Pharmacy Association, on the first edition

"As a physician working with the problems of addiction, I strongly recommend this book. Prescription drug abuse has not received the attention it deserves. This books sheds light on an important and compelling issue."  —David Smith, MD, president, Society of Addiction Medicine, on the first edition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886039889
  • Publisher: Addicus Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 736,373
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Colvin has served on an advisory panel for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University, which did a landmark study on prescription drug abuse. He also maintains the popular website: www.prescriptiondrugaddiction.com. His previous books are Prescription Drug Abuse and Precription Drug Addiction. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Coping with Addiction     1
Understanding Addiction     3
Voices of Recovery     21
Treatment for Addiction     52
Insights on Recovery from Addiction Medicine Physicians     70
Support for Families     89
Pain Management and Addiction     107
Seniors: At Risk for Drug Misuse and Addiction     115
Obtaining Fraudulent Prescriptions     123
Diverting Drugs from Doctors     125
Diverting Drugs from Pharmacies     130
Efforts to Curb Drug Abuse     139
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs     141
Law Enforcement Efforts     149
In Closing     157
Appendix A     159
Appendix B     163
Resources     169
Index     174
About the Author     187
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