Come Home
To Recovery

(888) 418-4188

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment


Sections: What Are Prescription Drugs | Types | Are They Addictive? | Effects | Symptoms | Withdrawal | Treatment | Hope

Yellowstone Recovery doesn’t just help those struggling with illicit drug addictions—we’re also a prescription drug addiction treatment facility. Learn more about prescription drug addiction in the sections below.

What Are Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs are any medications that are prescribed by a doctor for a person’s medical care. Many prescription drugs can be safely taken every day, while others are not meant for long-term use due to addiction risk. Prescriptions become problematic when they are taken differently than instructed, used regularly to achieve a high or avoid discomfort, or purchased illegally without a prescription.¹

Commonly Abused Types of Prescription Drugs

Prescription Pill Bottles

Of the thousands of prescription drugs that exist on the market, there are certain types of medications that are more addictive and more commonly misused than others. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include painkillers (e.g., Morphine and Vicodin®) and stimulants (e.g. Adderall® and Ritalin®).²

Are Prescription Drugs Addictive?

Some prescription medications are addictive, some are not. The risk depends upon the type of medication, the dosage, and the person taking it (ADHD patients, for example, can usually take stimulants for many years without problems.)

The Physiological Cause of Prescription Drug Addiction

The exact mechanism of addiction varies by drug, but it usually begins with a change in brain chemistry. Regular use of addictive prescription drugs can alter the brain’s normal chemical function and cause the person to need the drug to replace the natural chemical functions that no longer occur.

The Effects of Prescription Drugs on the Brain and Body

Different drugs have different effects, but common effects of highly addictive drugs like narcotics and stimulants include powerful relaxation, pleasurable feelings, increased energy, increased heart rate, pain relief, reckless behavior, and poor decision making.


Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction

An addiction to prescription drugs can have a variety of telltale signs:

  • Erratic behaviors
  • Deteriorating physical health and appearance
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Obsession with taking and obtaining medication
  • Seeing several doctors (“doctor hopping” for more drugs)


Prescription Drug Withdrawals

Withdrawal symptoms also vary by drug type, but may include things like the following:

  • Irritability, aggression
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Head and body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Intense cravings


Group Therapy Session

Getting Help for Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription medication addiction can be just as difficult to quit as any illicit substance. For the greatest chance of long-term success, it is important that you seek the help of a dedicated prescription drug addiction rehab program.

Depending on the drug type, dosage, and duration of use, withdrawal symptoms can be severe or even life-threatening. In a professional rehab facility, you’ll be able to go through prescription drug detox in a safe environment under the supervision of doctors. Then you’ll learn valuable skills and coping strategies to help you manage your recovery in the long term.


Find Hope at Yellowstone Recovery

If you’re struggling with a prescription drug addiction, Yellowstone Recovery in Southern California can help you break your dependency and take back your life. Call (888) 418-4188 to get started.


  • Treatment Options
  • Program Curriculum
  • Program Services
young man talking to his therapist

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive OutPatient treatment (IOP) helps people establish the foundations for lifelong sobriety…

patio with tables covered by umbrellas


Our California alcohol and drug addiction treatment program is predicated on restoring you to your ideal health. Detox is a crucial part…

gate for one of the rehab facility homes

Primary Care – Residential Treatment

The first phase of our program is primary care. During this phase clients will be in a 30-day “blackout” period…

three straw men standing in front of two trees

Residential Treatment – Extended Care

Residential treatment extended care starts on day 31 and goes through day 90. This period is very important for a client in early recovery…

small outdoor pond

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment serves as aftercare for clients who have completed extended care (90 days of residential treatment)…

gate for one of the rehab facility homes

Sober Living

Sober living at Yellowstone begins after the initial residential treatment portion of the program is successfully completed…

emotional support group with five men and women

Weekday Schedule

Detox and Residential Treatment

Depressed woman looking away

Experiential Therapy

Experiential Therapy is therapy of the mind rather than the body. It is a tool to help…

typewriter writing the words

Contact Yellowstone Recovery