Prescription drugs are controlled substances prescribed for a variety of physical and mental ailments. However, when used outside of the context of medically supervised treatment, some prescription drugs also present a danger of addiction.
Because these drugs are often used in the treatment of mental disorders, and because they often offer a mental reprieve from uncomfortable thoughts and symptoms, teens with mental disorders are at a greater risk of developing an addiction to these drugs, and subsequently relying on them to “cope” with their symptoms. Despite being medication, much like alcohol use, heroin, or cocaine, these drugs can and do cause severe mental and physical consequences when abused, ultimately including death.
At Visions Treatment Centers, we help teens with mental disorders who have developed an addiction to prescription medications by providing them with a safe space to address their addiction and mental health concurrently.