From our humble beginnings in 1986 as a California drug rehab, to our current status as one of the premier networks of drug and alcohol treatment centers, we have seen the evolution of the youth drug culture.
In the eighties, alcohol and cocaine were the primary drugs of choice for our clientele and we have seen years and periods where heroin was en vogue, and of course the rise of the crystal meth addiction epidemic. However, recent years have been very notable because of the rise of prescription drugs.
In a recent government report that reflects drug use in 2007, about 5% of Americans aged 50 to 59 told researchers they had taken illicit drugs in the last month. This number is the highest it’s ever been for this elderly age group. Of course prescription drugs like oxycontin, vicodin, valium, xanax, ambien, and ativan figure prominently into this statistic considering that the substances are all prescribed by doctors in certain instances and therefore widely available in pharmacies.
However, for younger people (young adults 12 to 25), one-third of those who use illicit drugs say they recently have abused prescription drugs – including narcotic painkillers, downers, and amphetamines. For kids age 12 through 17, 3.3% had abused prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the last month and that number almost doubles to 6% for young people aged 17 to 25.
It is becoming clear that prescription medications have begun moving front and center as the nation’s drug of choice. This is a disturbing trend considering that these drugs are insidious in their ability to build tolerance in the user and they are also particularly adept at making the user unwittingly mentally and physically dependent on them.
Another reason to be concerned about the rise in prescription drug abuse is the fact that accidental prescription drug deaths are on the rise. Particularly if mixed with alcohol narcotic painkillers and tranquilizers like vicodin, oxycontin, percodan, percocet, xanax, ativan, valium and other oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine derivatives can be fatal if ingested in in high enough concentration.
At our drug and alcohol treatment centers in Newport Beach and Riverside, California, Sober Living by the Sea has been treating adults since 1986, and have identified the special needs of our clientele who are addicted to prescription drugs. Our primary care and outpatient programs have all adjusted to address unique issues of the prescription drug addict, such as painful detoxification, and the propensity for denial that there is a problem that requires residential treatment (this denial partially fueled by the fact that the abused substances being legal for some users).
Sober Living by the Sea ensures that every client receives caring, supportive, and effective drug and alcohol treatment. Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help get you or your loved one on the road to recovery.