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10 Steps to Help Someone Overcome Prescription Drug Abuse

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Struggling with prescription drug abuse can be difficult, not only for the individual but also for loved ones.

When someone struggles with prescription drug abuse, they may not know where to start to battle their addiction or how to look for help.  While as a loved one you may feel that you can rescue someone from prescription drug abuse, there is no way to force someone into successful recovery.  You cannot force someone to get clean or stay clean, instead focus on helping them recognize the benefits of seeking treatment and sober living.

Ten Steps to Prescription Drug Abuse Rehab

Admitting the Problem

A person struggling with substance abuse should first admit their problem to themselves.  Then they should share their problem with a trusted loved one.  Sharing their struggles with another person will keep them accountable for their behavior and their recovery.  Be a person that your loved ones can trust to be non-judgmental and supportive.

Decide to Change

Help your loved one list the benefits to sober living and rehab for prescription drug abuse. They should evaluate what worked in the past and what didn’t work and set attainable goals for quitting.

Overcome Fear and Pride

People are often too afraid or too proud to admit their problem with substance abuse. They fear their reputation will be destroyed or that people will think less of them. However, usually others may have guessed there is some type of problem already.  Be supportive of your loved one as they struggle with prescription drug abuse.

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Medical Detoxification

In some situations, medical detoxification is advisable for someone who abuses prescription drugs. This should always be medically supervised as improper detoxification can be uncomfortable, dangerous and unsuccessful.


Increased awareness of substance abuse through education can help a loved one overcome the problem. Some people think that prescription drugs are not addictive, especially when compared with street drugs. However, prescription medication can be as dangerous as street drugs.

Prescription Drug Abuse Rehab

Substance abuse rehab can give your loved one the tools and strategies for staying clean and fighting their triggers.  Many addiction treatment programs work with insurance companies or provide affordable self-pay options.  Support your loved one by helping them find the right prescription drug rehab treatment center for them- each center and program will be different.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The behavioral modification includes individual, family and group counseling. This helps recovering addicts by teaching them life skills and strategies of coping without drugs. In addition, attendees can learn how to avoid situations that could lead to prescription drug abuse and how to deal with a relapse.

Ongoing Support

Addicts can rarely overcome addictions by themselves. They need the support of family, friends and even strangers. Twelve-step support groups, and recovery meetings, help those who need outside intervention. Other options for support include religious organizations or employee assistance programs.

Proper Medication Disposal

Statistics released by SAMHSA in 2009 show that more than 70 percent of people who used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes obtain the drug from relatives or friends. The same survey showed that seven million Americans suffer from prescription drug abuse.  Loved ones should look for ways to properly dispose of unused or expired medications.

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Build a New Life

After drug treatment, life goes on! The person who is overcoming drug abuse needs to find new activities, interests and friends that bring joy to life. As the person builds new habits, they will find purpose and meaning. Support your loved one’s new life and new habits!

If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug abuse, other substance abuse problems, or has relapsed, please call us today.  Substance abuse counseling, relapse prevention strategies and behavioral therapy as part of a comprehensive aftercare program can help an individual overcome substance abuse. Destination Hope is a full-service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men and women suffering from substance abuse issues.

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