Prescription drug overdoses have been on the rise across the nation for over a decade. Although Nebraska ranks lowest in the percentage of drug overdoses, drug abuse continues to be a concern for health officials and law enforcement around the state. Efforts on the part of these groups focus on education and the prevention of prescription drug abuse in towns like Bellevue, NE.
Leaving behind substance abuse permanently is a process involving several steps. When an individual stops using their substance of choice, they go through detox and often experience withdrawal symptoms as their body adjusts to being without the drug of choice. Some medically supervised detox methods include:
- “Cold turkey.” The individual stops using the substance completely. To maintain safety, being monitored by a physician is recommended to manage withdrawal symptoms.
- Substitution. A less addictive drug with similar properties is used in decreasing doses over a period of time until cravings subside.
- Weaning. Much like the substitution medication method, except that the individual continues using the substance of choice under medical supervision in decreasing doses.
In most cases, patients are only encouraged to undergo a “cold turkey” detox under the supervision of medical professionals in order to more quickly move forward to the next step of treatment. In the case of opiate addiction or alcoholism, medication may be recommended.
Beginning the Process of Recovery
Substance abuse is not a problem that will go away on its own. Those who struggle with drug or alcohol abuse need professional help to stop safely – and remain drug-free for the long-term. To help someone close to you in Bellevue to begin the process of recovery from substance abuse, call now to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.
Alegent Health Psychiatric
1309 Harlan Dr # 206
Bellevue, NE 68005-6604
Lutheran Family Services
730 Fort Crook Rd N
Bellevue, NE 68005-4558