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Addiction and dependence on prescription drugs is on the rise—especially among young people. Narconon Southern California has been successfully treating addiction to prescription drugs for many years.  

Too often people assume that because prescription drugs have medicinal applications, they must be safe. But when taken recreationally, to get high, or after the medical reasons for taking them are resolved, prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, recognizes the risk inherent in prescription drugs and puts many in the same category as heroin and cocaine. We at Narconon Southern California know firsthand how crippling addiction to prescription drugs can be.

There are four basic types of prescription drugs with a high potential for abuse: depressants, such as Valium or Phenobarbital; opiates and morphine derivatives, such as Percocet or Oxycontin; stimulants, such as Ritalin or Dexedrine; and anti-depressants, such as Paxil or Prozac.

Among adolescents, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most frequently abused substances behind alcohol and tobacco. One worrying teen trend is the abuse of cough syrup.

In 2008, more than 15 million Americans over the age of 12 had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once.

At Narconon Southern California Drug Rehab, we help people end their addiction to prescription drugs every day.

The first process in our program is to help our clients detoxify through a drug-free process that helps restore vital vitamins and minerals lost during addiction. The Narconon Southern California staff carefully monitors our patients during withdrawal to ensure that withdrawal is safe and as comfortable as possible.

We follow that up with life-affirming courses that allow the addict to address fundamental issues that led him or her to abuse prescription drugs in the first place. At Narconon Southern California, we teach our clients to absorb and retain information, improve their communication skills, deal with stress, make wise choices about who they associate with and live with more honesty and integrity.

If you or someone you know is battling an addiction to prescription drugs, we’re here to help. Call Narconon Southern California at 800.876.6378 today and get started living the best life you can live.

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