What is an Evening IOP?
An evening Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for prescription drug abuse is a form of treatment for those who have become addicted to prescription drugs.
There are many types of prescription drugs that you can become addicted to, including opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, stimulants, and sleeping medications.
Unfortunately, addiction to prescription drugs can occur even if following your doctor’s instructions.
This is an increasing problem and can affect all age groups, even teenagers.
Early identification of prescription drug abuse can help to prevent the need for evening IOP for prescription drug abuse. Still, the best chance is to avoid it from turning into an addiction.
What is the Difference Between Evening IOP Standard IOP?
Although the goals of an IOP program are always the same as any other substance abuse recovery program, sobriety, an evening IOP for prescription drug abuse, is different from a standard IOP.
Evening IOP for prescription drug abuse occurs in the evening, while standard IOP may occur during the daytime.
Regular outpatient programs involve seeing doctors and therapists throughout the week, but an IOP is a lot more involved.
Rather than going to different counseling sessions and 12-step meetings, when you are in an IOP, you will go three to four times per week to a program for three hours each.
Although programs vary as part-time, a few hours per day, or even more, all IOP is quite involved.
What is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Prescription drug abuse occurs either when you take a medication for longer than you are prescribed or if you take prescription medication for any other reason other than why the doctor prescribed it.
Experts estimate that more than 18 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons.
Abusing any drugs, even prescription drugs, changes how your brain works. This means that it will change your ability to control your actions and make good decisions when you choose to take medications.
Eventually, you will have intense urges to take more drugs, which will lead to the need for treatment.
Commonly Prescribed Prescription Drugs
Since the 1990s, opioids have been prescribed by doctors continuously.
Painkillers such as codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone are heavily prescribed. It cannot be determined whether this is due to more people living with chronic pain or due to people living longer in the U.S.
These medications do help to manage pain and increase the quality of life in the case of chronic pain.
Despite this, they are extremely addictive, and it is very easy to become dependent on opioids.
It does not matter whether you use opioids for a short period of time or a long period of time; it can all lead to abuse, addiction, and physical dependence.
Dangers of Opioids
Opioid overdose is extremely dangerous and has killed many.
This is especially true if opioids are taken with other drugs or medications such as alcohol, barbiturates, or benzodiazepines, such as Alprazolam/Xanax, Clonazepam/Klonopin, or Diazepam/Valium.
If you combine these, you have a high chance of suppressed breathing that can lead to death.
Opioids can cause a euphoric feeling.
They can be snorted or injected so that the medication is felt quicker and stronger.
Injecting drugs can also increase the chances of contracting HIV or Hepatitis C.
Central Nervous System Depressants
Also known as CNS depressants, most people know this category of drugs as benzodiazepines.
Some common forms of benzodiazepines include Ativan, Valium, and Xanax. They are all used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
These drugs work by affecting a chemical in your brain called GABA, also known as Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid. GABA lowers brain activity. This can make you feel drowsy, calm, or less anxious.
Barbiturates are another form of CNS medication. These include Amobarbital/Amytal, Pentobarbital/Nembutal, Phenobarbital/Luminal, and Secobarbital/Seconal. These drugs are prescribed to treat seizures and are also used as anesthesia.
Dangers of CNS Depressants
Even though CNS depressants can make you feel good for a few days or even a few weeks, you will eventually gain tolerance. This will make it so you need larger doses to get the same effects.
Using them with alcohol can cause your heartbeat to become slow, as well as slow down your breathing, and even cause death.
Additionally, if you take CNS depressants for a long time and then stop suddenly without tapering down, you run the risk of withdrawal, seizures, or death.
These drugs make you more alert, give you more energy, and can make you pay more attention.
They also raise your heart rate, blood sugar, and blood pressure while narrowing your blood vessels and opening your airways.
Stimulants were first introduced to the prescription market when doctors started using them to treat asthma and obesity.
Now, stimulants are prescribed for ADHD, ADD, depression, and narcolepsy.
Stimulants include Dextroamphetamine (known as Dexedrine), Dextrostat, or ProCentra, Lisdexamfetamine/Vyvanse, Methylphenidate (known as Concerta), Daytrana, Methylin, or Ritalin, and a mix of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, known as Adderall.
Dangers of Stimulant Abuse
Stimulant abuse occurs when you take stimulants at high doses or in an unconventional way.
This can include snorting crushed pills.
High doses may raise your temperature and can also cause an uneven heartbeat.
Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse:
Because the signs of prescription drug abuse depend on the drug being used, it is a difficult discussion.
Some of the most popular forms of prescription drugs that lead to abuse include opioids, Xanax, and Adderall.
Signs of Adderall Abuse and Other Stimulants:
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- High blood pressure
- Uneven heart rate
Signs of Xanax Abuse and Other Benzodiazepines
Some of the common signs of benzo abuse include:
- Mood changes
- Trouble walking
- Trouble with concentrating
- Slow reflexes
- Slurred speech
- Memory problems
- Slow breathing
Signs of Opioid Abuse
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Slurred speech
- Poor coordination
- Mood swings
Dual Diagnosis and Prescription Drug Abuse
If you have a dual diagnosis, you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder and an alcohol or drug problem. When these two conditions occur together, which happens frequently, it is vital to treat them both at the same time. About half of people with a mental disorder will, at some point, develop a substance use disorder.
It is dangerous to treat a substance use disorder without treating mental illness in the case of a dual diagnosis. If you have a dual diagnosis, be sure to find an Evening IOP for prescription drug abuse that will help you work through both your mental health disorder and your drug use disorder.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it?
We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification.
We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment to work for you and your financial situation.
How to Get Help
At North Jersey Recovery Center, we offer many programs, as well as an evening IOP for prescription drug abuse.
Our incredible staff is ready to get you healthy and on the path to recovery.
Call us today to get the help you need.