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The Véniez Drug Rehab Center© for Abuse & Addiction

Prescription drugs Addiction

Many people think drug addiction is limited to substances such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin but in fact prescription drugs  are addictive as well. 11.3 million Persons aged 12 or older (4.8 percent) were abusers of prescription drugs in the past year. The only other drug that had a greater prevalence of use in the past year was marijuana. For any prescription-type psychotherapeutic drug, pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and methamphetamine, young adults aged 18 to 25 were more likely than youths aged 12 to 17 or adults aged 26 or older to report use in the past year.


In terms of prescription drug addiction, the term “addiction” is used to describe a state when a person has lost the ability to control usage. Even a person taking a drug that is prescribed may not be able to control how much or how often they consume that drug.

Millions of teenagers are abusing a variety of prescription (Rx) drugs to get high.


Approximately one in five teenagers has abused a prescription drug to get high. Can we really blame them? They are suggested to the parents by our health professionals and our school systems.


Today’s teens are more likely to have abused a prescription (Rx) painkiller or a prescription (Rx)   Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or a prescription (Rx)  Attention Deficit Disorder treatment (Ritalin and Concerta) than they are to have experimented with a variety of illicit drugs – including Heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, crack and LSD.

The abuse of prescription drugs has taken place quietly among a segment of the population where you'd least expect it: the elderly. In many cases, the elderly feel better while taking prescription drugs because they have too much confidence in their doctors who refill their prescriptions. To make matters worse, doctors often prescribe an inappropriately high dose of these drugs to seniors. Older people metabolize drugs less efficiently and thus need a lower dose.

Prescription drug addiction, like any substance abuse problem, can lead to consequences.


Many people who consume prescription drugs, are addicted to a substance and has grown so used to the drug that he or she has to have it. Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both.


People taking benzodiazepine may suffer from severe anxiety attacks, problems sleeping or in severe cases seizures. Doctors may prescribe a benzodiazepine for the same side-effects they give it against:

    • Anxiety 
    • Insomnia 
    • Alcohol withdrawal
    • Seizure control
    • Muscle relaxation
    • Inducing amnesia for uncomfortable procedures

Benzodiazepines act on the central nervous system, produce sedation and muscle relaxation, and lower anxiety levels.

Although more than 2000 different benzodiazepines have been produced, only about 15 are currently FDA-approved in the United States. They are usually classified by how long their effects last instead of the negative side-effects they have.

    • Ultra-short acting - Midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion) Which is banned from England, It was proven to induce suicide in that country. In the USA FDA-approved and Canada we are still studying the statitics......?
    • Short-acting - Alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan)
    • Long-acting - Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), diazepam (Valium


Fatal prescription medication overdoses nearly doubled from 1999 to 2004 and were the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2004, behind only automobile crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In other words, the dramatic increase in drug overdose deaths is not driven by illegal drug use in the inner cities; it is being fueled by prescription drugs in white, middle-class, rural America.


The different Prescription drugs


Many different prescription drugs are used today and too easily given. Prescription drugs include antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications from the benzodiazepine family: Valium, Ativan, Serenid-d, Librium, Nobrium, Xanax, Klonopin, Rivotril, Bromazepam, Lexotan, Clobazam, Frisium, Clorazepate, Tranxene, Temazepam, Normison, Nitrazepam, Mogadon, Flunitrazepam, Rohypnol, Flurazepam, Dalmane, Loprazolam, Dormonoct.


Many pain medications fall into the opiod family: Examples of prescription opioids include morphine (Kadian, Avinza), codeine, oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet), hydrocodone (Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin), propoxyphene (Darvon), fentanyl (Duragesic), and hydromorphone (Dilaudid). Stimulants, including dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine and


Used primarily to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder, which really does not exist, are (Ritalin and Concerta) and narcolepsy( Adderall) and methylphenidate .

Antidepressant treatments

There is a danger that, in some people, antidepressant treatment will cause an increase, rather than a decrease, in depression. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that all depression medications include a warning label about the increased risk of suicide in children and young adults. The suicide risk is particularly great during the first month to two months of treatment.

Anyone taking antidepressants should be closely watched for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Monitoring is especially important if this is the person’s first time on depression medication or if the dose has recently been changed. Signs that medication is making things worse include anxiety, insomnia, hostility, and extreme agitation—particularly if the symptoms appear suddenly or rapidly deteriorate. If you spot the warning signs in yourself or a loved one, contact your doctor or therapist immediately.


Once you’ve started taking antidepressants, stopping can be tough; many people have withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to get off of the medication.


If you decide to stop taking antidepressants, it’s essential to taper off slowly. If you stop abruptly, you may experience a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as crying spells, extreme restlessness, dizziness, fatigue, and aches and pains. These withdrawal symptoms are known as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome is especially common when you stop taking Paxil or Zoloft. However, all medications for depression can cause withdrawal symptoms.

Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms


  • Anxiety, agitation
  • Depression, mood swings
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Insomnia, nightmares
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness, loss of coordination
  • Stomach cramping and pain
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Tremor, muscle spasms

Depression and anxiety are also common symptoms when withdrawing from antidepressants. When depression is a withdrawal symptom, it’s often worse than the original depression that led to drug treatment in the first place. Unfortunately, many people mistake this withdrawal symptom for a return of their depressive illness and resume medication, creating a vicious circle.




The solution for Prescription drugs Addiction

Years of research have shown that addiction to any drug, illicit or prescribed drugs can be treated effectively. At The Véniez Drug Rehab Center© we individualize treatment based on the client’s level of substance dependency. To be successful, treatment must take into account the type of drug used as well as the overall assessment of the client. Treatment may incorporate several behavioral  components, as well as detoxification. Because drug abuse is chronic and relapsing, at The Véniez Drug Rehab Center©  we provide residential, outpatient and companion services to increase the effectiveness of treatment. Our treatment philosophy focuses on; THERE IS A REASON FOR EVERYTHING. Our treatment program is effective when a client can safely return to their lives without drugs or so called medication.


We believe recovery success depends on successfully returning to normal life. Recovery is when a person can return to normal life comfortably without abusing drugs, alcohol or so called medication.

The first step is to physically detox then resolve why you got yourself into this addiction.


Identify the causes, the sources of his or her addiction and eliminate them in four sessions.

The solution in Psychotherapy, Hypnosis with L'Approche Véniez© is to identify the causes, the source of his or her symptoms to eliminate them. The most precise and fastest way is with L'Approche Véniez©. These different techniques are used; visualization, breathing and relaxation, hypnotism, the subliminal, and post-hypnotic suggestions. There is nothing artificial or supernaturel about hypnosis.

  • The first session consists of a series of questions asked to the individual to obtain therapeutic useful information about the patient. This session allows the therapist to understand his patient and explain to him how the therapy will take place. At the end of this first session, the therapist will introduce a brief induction of hypnosis to his patient. (duration of the meeting is usually an hour, sometimes more).

  • The second session consists of a light follow-up by the therapist and deepening the patient's hypnotic state.  (duration of the session is between 45 minutes to an hour).

  • The third session consists of the work, acceptance, the release of shocks, traumatisms or causes of the lack of security experienced by the patient. (duration of the session is usually 1 hour or more).

  • The fourth session consists of closing, reconciliation of the adult and the inner child, an experience of self-identity, self-confidence and loveing yourself. (duration of the session is between 45 minutes to an hour).

Once this work is done the results are permenent. The patient is self-sufficient and does not need further treatments. A brief follow-up may be in order.

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