Prescription Drugs

Addiction to prescription drugs often cannot be avoided even when following the directions indicated on the label. Because certain types of prescription drugs produce some kind of “high” or change in mood even when taken as directed, it can be very difficult for individuals to stop using their prescriptions once their bodies and brain chemistry have become dependent on them.  

Other prescription pills such as opiate based painkillers may not produce any high at all when taken as directed, and yet without even knowing it the person taking the pills is developing a physical dependence and tolerance to them over time.

There are 5 main Prescription Drug Categories


These include Opioids (opiates) such as codeine and morphine. Other painkillers include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco), meperidine (Demerol), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), diphenoxylate (Lomotil) and proposyphene (Darvon).  These are all narcotic painkillers that are extremely habit forming and that create physical addictions over time.

CNS depressants/Tranquilizers (aka Benzos)

These benzodiazepine depressants are often used to treat anxiety disorders or insomnia and include alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and triazolam (Halcion).  They are extremely addictive, and require a medically supervised detox setting because the withdrawal symptoms are very dangerous if not treated properly.


Barbiturates are depressants prescribed to treat insomnia, tension, anxiety. Examples are phenobarbital (Luminal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), and mephobarbital (Mebaral).


Stimulants are can be found as over the counter diet pills, or prescribed for ADHD or obesity. Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrin, Adderall) fall under the category of stimulants. These drugs are very similar chemically to street “meth”, and are very damaging to the nervous system, the skin, and to the heart. They are also extremely addictive both physically and mentally.

Dextromethorphan (DMX)

Cough and cold medications use DMX as the active cough suppressant.  Theses are often abused by teenagers because they are easily accessible and not recognized by the average person as an abusable over the counter medication.

Effective Recovery from Prescription Pill Addiction

New Dawn has nearly 30 years of experience treating individuals with an addiction to prescription pills.  Our Physician is Board Certified in Addictionology, and supervises the entire Detox stay for all our Detox residents. Medication Management is applied by our Medical Director when medically necessary for vitals stabilization during the physical withdrawal phase.  In treatment, we show you how to live without using pills as a coping mechanism. If you are concerned about Detoxing off of prescription pills, call us today for a confidential evaluation.  We can help.