Prescription drug abuse is increasingly common. For many, routine oral surgery, injury, or illness can quickly lead to dependency on prescription drugs. Prescription drug dependency affects a user’s physical, emotional, and psychological health. Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is on the rise in the United States and within the LGBTQ community. Many community members may struggle to find safe spaces to offer support in detox and recovery. Users may hide drug use from family and friends and engage in harder drugs and drug-seeking behavior. Those who attempt to quit cold turkey or detox from prescription drugs at home can easily relapse, overdose, or turn to other addictive substances. Luckily, there are LGBTQ drug and alcohol detox centers today to help community members take back control of their lives.
If you or someone you know in the LGBTQ community needs support for drug or alcohol detox, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center for cutting-edge detox and mental health support. Start recovery today by calling us at 844.956.3514 or visit us online.
Symptoms and Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drugs can cause changes in a person’s energy, mood, and behavior. Painkillers are known to cause mood swings, hostility, and aggression, especially during withdrawal. They can affect appetite and sleep and often lead to increased alcohol consumption. For many, painkiller dependency leads to other substance abuse. Many users may lie and manipulate loved ones and engage in other drug-seeking behavior that is unsafe for themselves and others. Drug and alcohol, and detox programs can help an individual safely move on from prescription drug addiction.
Painkillers affect pain receptors in the brain, blocking signals to the brain. While this is helpful when recovering from surgery, injury, or illness, the body builds up a tolerance over time. With increased tolerance, each dose becomes less effective. Over time, someone using prescription drugs needs to increase their dose for the same effect. For people struggling with chronic physical or psychological pain, prescription drug abuse happens gradually. In the LGBTQ community, self-medicating with prescription drugs for psychological pain is increasingly common.
Prescription Drug Use in the LGBTQ Community
Drug and alcohol abuse is increasingly common in the LGBTQ community. Social stigmas, difficult family relationships, and “party culture” can lead many in the community to self-medicate with painkillers like Vicodin or tramadol. Prescription drugs numb both physical and psychological pain, making it seem easier to cope with daily stressors. Because prescription drug addiction is relatively easy to hide, those who struggle with drug use may feel more isolated. This isolation can lead to depression, self-harm, and other mental health problems. Some may try to detox at home.
More often than not, at-home detox is unsuccessful and leads to relapse and other drug use. Many LGBTQ-friendly prescription drug detox programs offer medically assisted support that uses specific drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms. This process reduces health complications and relapse. At La Fuente, we administer detox medication in both inpatient and outpatient detox programs to help people regain control of their lives.
Begin Prescription Drug Detox at La Fuente Hollywood Today!
Painkillers and other prescription drugs are one of the community’s most common addictions. If you or someone you love in the LGBTQ community is struggling with prescription drugs, La Fuente is here to help. Our Southern California-based clinic combines detox and recovery with mental health support. Our programs include:
- Inpatient detox
- Alcohol detox
- Prescription drug detox
- Rehab for MDMA and other party drugs
- Meth, heroin, and opioid detox and recovery
- Group, individual, and family therapy
- Partial hospital and outpatient programs
- Alumni programs
We pride ourselves on serving individuals and the larger LGBTQ community of Southern California. For safe and effective addiction detox and rehabilitation, call La Fuente today at 844.956.3514.