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Prescription Drug
Addiction and Treatment

Abuse of prescription drugs has increased dramatically in the last 20 years. Prescription drug abuse often begins with a legitimate prescription for pain. One of the side effects of pain medication is dependency, and withdrawal symptoms can be as severe as heroin.

Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

If you are suffering from prescription drug addiction or know someone who is struggling, Sober Freedom can help. Prescription drug addiction is a very serious medical and social problem. Prescription drug abuse is rampant among adolescents, teens and young adults. In adults, often times prescription drug abuse starts with a legitimate prescription for pain. One of the side effects of pain medication is, unfortunately, dependency. Pain medications are exceedingly difficult to get clean and sober “cold turkey” because withdrawal symptoms can be severe. There is hope and Sober Freedom can help. Call Sober Freedom today at (323) 270-0657

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Reach Out for Help

The most important thing you can do if you suffer from prescription drug addiction is to first reach out and ask for help. For many, this is the hardest step. Once you reach out for help, you’ll find that there are a lot of people that care and want to help. Give Sober Freedom a call today at (323) 270-0657 and we’ll help you understand what treatment is all about, how we can help you get in to treatment and how you can live the sober, successful life you deserve.

Side Effects of Painkiller Abuse

Low Blood Pressure
Difficulty Breathing
Severe depression
Poor Motor Control
Cognitive Dysfunction
Excessive Sleep or Drowsiness

Family and Friends of Addicts

If you have a family member or close friend that has a prescription drug problem please understand that the problem is severe. Many people tend to minimize the harsh reality of prescription drug addiction because the drugs being taken are prescribed by doctors. The reality is this: most prescription drugs of abuse are opioids, sedatives and tranquilizers. Withdrawals from these drugs are as powerful as heroin withdrawals. Combined with alcohol, these drugs can result in coma or death.

Signs of Abuse

Taking higher doses than prescribed
Forging prescriptions
Stealing prescriptions or medications
Buying prescription drugs from the black market
Severe anger, depression
and impulsive behavior

What Are My Payment Options?

No one suffering from addiction should have to worry about how treatment will be paid for. Treatment is covered by most insurance providers.  Our staff will contact the insurance provider to determine eligibility. If you don’t have insurance, you can still get into treatment. Call us at (323) 270-0657 to learn about financing for people that need assistance. We understand the complex dynamics of getting treatment paid for. This is the last thing you should worry about.

Signs of Stimulant Abuse

Sudden Weight Loss
Significant Weight Loss
Unreasonable Anger
Paranoia or Hallucination


The Reality

Many people dealing with prescription drug addiction feel that it’s impossible to stop. But you can recover from prescription drug abuse. First you need to reach out to a friend, family member, physician or to a drug and alcohol treatment center to get information about how to begin the treatment process. What you’ll be surprised to find is that there are a wealth of resources and people willing to help because they’ve gone through the same thing.

The Myth

One of the greatest misconceptions about prescription drug abuse, and a reason why it’s hard for people to accept help, is that excessive prescription drug use is acceptable because they are prescribed by doctors, that the drugs are “clean” or that the FDA has “approved” the drug of abuse. These myths, while carrying with them the semblance of truth, are represent some of the common barriers that prescription drug abusers must overcome to accept the help they desserve.


When people think of drug detox, they typically think of street drugs such as heroin, crack or severe alcoholism. The fact is, many people that abuse prescription drugs may need specialized medical care to monitor them while they go through the process of detoxification. This is especially true for those that abuse opioids such as Oxycontin or Vicodin. Sober Freedom will arrange for your detox needs and make sure you get the specific treatment you need.


Many people that begin a treatment program are happy to find that all of their initial fears about treatment were unfounded. Will the treatment center be nice? Will I feel safe there? Will others judge me? Will counselors and staff be kind? At Sober Freedom, our patients benefit from an excellent facility, caring staff and, most of all, a caring and non-judgmental environment that is specifically designed with a patient-focused perspective. That means treating people with the dignity and respect they deserve.