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Marjorie Gies, M.D. Psychiatrist & Medical Director


For Women By Women

Prescription Pills

Prescription pill use is widespread throughout the United States. According to information provided by the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, two-thirds of all Americans use prescription medications. From pain management and controlling anxiety to the treatment of sleep disorders and other illnesses, prescription pills are a "go-to" treatment tool. While prescription medications are effective when taken as directed and as part of a comprehensive treatment program, these medications have a high potential for addiction. Prescription pill addiction is a serious matter and requires professional intervention. You will know more about prescription drug rehab programs for women and the benefits of these programs. You will also learn the signs that you will need to go to a prescription drug rehab center. Casa Serena is a women's outpatient and residential treatment center. Call Casa Serena toll-free today if you have questions about the programs and services found at prescription drug rehab centers in California.

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Women and Prescription Pill Program

For many women who take prescription pills, they feel these medications are "safe" because they are prescribed and administered by experienced medical professionals. While these medications are effective when taken as directed, their high addiction potential can easily hook women into being dependent on prescription pills. It is estimated that 3.5 million women abuse prescription medications. Addiction to these medications can occur even if women follow the proper dosing as instructed by their healthcare provider.

When women seek help from a prescription drug treatment center, they face unique challenges. For example, women take lesser quantities of medications when compared to men but get addicted at a faster pace. Often, women come into treatment with a past history of trauma as well as physical and sexual abuse. Women are diagnosed with PTSD at twice the rate of men. Additionally, women face more significant stigma because of their societal role as caregivers. When women seek treatment, they fear they will be seen as "weak" and also fear their children may be taken away if they attend a treatment program.

A women's prescription drug addiction treatment program is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women. The individualized programs, services, and support found in these facilities give women the tools they need to become empowered in transforming their lives. Many of these programs feature aftercare and alumni programs which foster a strong sense of community and help to reduce the risk of relapse once women leave treatment.

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Benefits of a Women's Prescription
Drug Program

If you are a woman addicted to prescription drugs, you must do your due diligence in research. While many rehabs offer prescription drug treatment programs, the programs, services, and structure may not fit your needs. Rehab is a tremendous commitment of both time and money, and you need to be sure the facility you choose has the programs and support you need to get and stay in recovery. Prescription drug rehab programs for women have tremendous benefits that increase the chance of long-term recovery. These benefits are as follows:

Personalized Treatment

Women’s only prescription drug rehab features personalized treatment that fits the unique needs of women. These rehabs are equipped to address the issues and barriers women face, such as self-esteem and self-worth issues, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, and childcare, among other obstacles. As a result, women feel more comfortable and receptive to treatment.

A Sense of Safety and Refuge

As stated earlier, women who seek treatment often are the victims of past trauma, including physical and sexual abuse. In a more traditional drug rehab with both men and women, women may not feel comfortable sharing their past abuse. In a women’s prescription drug rehab center in California, clients feel safe in sharing these issues in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. 

Nurturing Environment

By nature, women are innately caregivers and nurturing. In a women’s prescription drug addiction program, the staff helps to create strong feelings of support and community in treatment. With the help and support of staff and recovering peers, women gain the confidence and self-worth needed to change their lives and reduce the risk of relapse once they complete treatment.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Prescription drug rehab programs for women feature an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Some of the programs and services provided in these programs include the following:

  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • CBT, DBT, and other therapy modalities
  • 12-step support
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Holistic therapy options
  • Aftercare and sober living homes

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How to Know If It's Time to Go to a Prescription Drug Rehab Center

There are obvious red flags that indicate you may need to go to a prescription drug rehab center. By simple definition, prescription drug abuse is using these medications in ways not intended by medical professionals. The signs of prescription medication abuse and addiction depend on the type of drug being abused. For example, people abusing prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, fentanyl, Percocet, and Vicodin may experience the following signs: 

  • constipation
  • nausea
  • extended feelings of euphoria
  • drowsiness
  • loss of coordination. 

Those abusing stimulant-based medications such as Adderall or Ritalin may experience these specific signs of abuse:

  • hyperawareness and alertness
  • high blood pressure
  • irregular heartbeat
  • insomnia
  • agitation

For those misusing anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax and Klonopin, the common signs of abuse include:

  • confusion
  • unsteady walking
  • slowed breathing
  • slurred speech
  • poor concentration

In general, people who abuse prescription drugs may resort to forging prescriptions or stealing medications out of a family member’s or friend’s medicine cabinet. Also, they will engage in “doctor shopping,” where they go to multiple doctors to get extra prescriptions. Additionally, people will exhibit wide mood swings and will engage in high-risk and impulsive behavior. People who are abusing prescription medications get defensive when confronted about their use. They often will deflect blame onto others or rationalize their use.

Additional signs that it is time to go to a prescription drug rehab program for women is the presence of a co-occurring mental disorder. Those who suffer from chronic pain are at greater risk of developing a prescription pill addiction. Interestingly, people with poor eyesight may develop an addiction to prescription medications because they cannot read the instructions on the bottle and accidentally misuse addictive drugs.


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Our Women's Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Program

Prescription drugs can be anything but "safe." When not taken as intended or abused intentionally, these medications can cause people to become addicted and may develop life-threatening conditions. For 60 years, Casa Serena has helped many women from all walks of life conquer their addiction to prescription medications. Our evidence-based treatment program in Santa Barbara features sub-acute alcohol detox, therapy, individual case management, traditional and holistic therapies, and multiple levels of care. Our individualized programs and compassionate support will empower you to address and conquer your addiction head-on. You will become a brand-new person who is happy, healthy, and sober. Don't wait another day with professional help.

Casa Serena is a top-tier women's rehab in Southern California. Call Casa Serena toll-free today and learn more about our women's prescription drug addiction treatment program.
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