Prescription drug abuse poses a significant problem among all age groups, including teenagers. Without treatment, a prescription drug addiction can be difficult to overcome. At Changing Tides in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, we understand the importance of personalized treatment for a successful recovery. Explore our customized approach to prescription drug rehab and how professional treatment can help you or a loved one stop abusing prescription drugs.

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You don’t have to struggle alone. There are caring experts who can help you break free from prescription drug addiction and guide you towards lasting recovery.


Understanding Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug abuse refers to using prescription drugs differently than how they’re typically prescribed. This can include taking prescription medications prescribed to someone else or ingesting crushed-up pills to get high. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 14.3 million Americans reported misusing prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in 2021, while 8.7 million abused prescription painkillers.

Symptoms vary depending on factors like the type of drug taken and duration of abuse but commonly include:

  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor concentration and coordination
  • Anxiety or paranoia
  • Slowed breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High body temperature
  • Being unusually energetic or experiencing mood swings
  • Taking higher doses than prescribed

A person addicted to prescription drugs may steal, forge, or request early refills of prescriptions to obtain more drugs. Long-term prescription drug misuse can result in health risks, including memory problems, heart problems, seizures, blood pressure changes, and liver or kidney damage. It can also affect a person’s work or school performance or influence them to engage in reckless behavior due to being high or trying to obtain more drugs.

If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug addiction, call us today at 252-715-3905 to start your path toward recovery.

Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Commonly abused prescription medicines that can lead to addiction include:

  • Prescription painkillers, also known as opioids, including codeine, morphine and fentanyl
  • CNS depressants, including benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and sleeping pills
  • Prescription stimulants, including amphetamines
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Our Approach to Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Changing Tides offers prescription drug rehab in North Carolina to help individuals overcome their substance use. Whether you’re addicted to a prescription opioid or antianxiety medication, we can customize our comprehensive treatment for prescription drug abuse to fit your needs. Our treatment programs offer the following services:

  • Personalized care: We follow a personalized treatment approach that involves developing individualized treatment plans for each resident. These plans outline recommended services and therapies that target your unique addiction needs.
  • Withdrawal management: Overcoming prescription drug use can be difficult due to the withdrawal symptoms that occur when trying to quit. Our withdrawal management program uses medications tailored to your prescription drug addiction to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and gradually diminish your body’s dependence. This method reduces your risk of relapsing during recovery.
  • Therapy options: Uncovering the root cause of your addiction and learning healthy coping skills can help you sustain long-term recovery. We offer a range of therapy options, including cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family sessions, to help you process your addiction, identify underlying mental health issues, and gain stress management techniques.
  • Holistic treatments: In addition to evidence-based treatments, we encourage using holistic approaches, including yoga and meditation, to address your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Yoga and meditation offer numerous therapeutic benefits, such as increased self-awareness and reduced feelings of stress and anxiety, to help in addiction recovery.
  • Long-term recovery planning: Our support doesn’t end once you complete a treatment program. We offer long-term recovery planning to help you integrate back into your regular routine and maintain newly established coping strategies to prevent relapse.

Our Treatment Programs

Prescription drug addiction affects everyone differently. Changing Tides offers multiple outpatient treatment options to accommodate your unique struggle with prescription drugs and enable long-term recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our IOP offers comprehensive treatment for prescription drug addiction to support individuals through the recovery process. An IOP allows individuals to receive treatment while maintaining their daily work, school, or family responsibilities. Services include group counseling, family therapy, and experiential groups run 5 days per week for 3 hours in the morning or evening.

The goal of an IOP is to help individuals build structure, connect with peers sharing similar struggles, and maintain long-term sobriety. Many people enter this program after completing a more intensive treatment option.

Partial Hospitalization Program

A PHP is a prescription drug addiction treatment option that caters to individuals who require more intensive care than a standard outpatient program. Our PHP takes place Monday through Friday and includes morning and afternoon group sessions and nightly NA meetings. Clients also have access to individual therapy, withdrawal management, family sessions and a holistic 12-step program.

The goal of a PHP is to provide continuous treatment for those who’ve completed inpatient rehab and need assistance to ease back into their regular routine. Individuals typically reside in sober living housing during treatment to maintain structure and evade harmful influences that contribute to their prescription drug misuse.

Start Your Journey to Recovery

You don’t have to face prescription drug addiction alone. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way towards a healthier, addiction-free life.


Insurance and Financial Support for Treatment

Prescription drug rehab can be costly, depending on the level of care needed. At Changing Tides, we accept insurance from most major providers, including:

Many insurance plans provide coverage for prescription drug rehab, but the exact benefits depend on your specific plan. Additionally, we offer financial assistance for individuals who don’t have adequate insurance coverage and can’t afford out-of-pocket costs. Lack of affordability should never affect an individual’s ability to receive treatment, and we help as many people as we can on a case-by-case basis.

To determine if your insurance provider will cover treatment at our prescription drug rehab, verify your insurance now.

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Get Started With Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Today

Changing Tides, a leading drug addiction rehab in North Carolina is committed to helping individuals overcome their addiction to prescription drugs. Our beachfront location on the Outer Banks and comprehensive on-site services provide an effective treatment environment to help individuals build healthy coping skills and kick their substance abuse for good.

Contact Changing Tides today to learn more about our prescription drug addiction treatment program and take the first step toward achieving long-term sobriety.