Gateway Rehab Prescription Medication Recovery

Gateway Rehab Prescription Medication Recovery


My next guest is here to tackle a serious
topic. The dramatic rise in abuse of prescription
drugs. In fact, it’s not just considered a problem.
It’s an epidemic. While many law enforcement agencies are working
to get a handle of the availability of these types of drugs on
our streets, my next guest is working to help those who
are addicted. Joining me now, Ed O’Reilly, Director of the
Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Dublin. It’s nice to have you here, Ed. Nice to be
here, Gail. It’s a scary topic actually, and one that
apparently has caught the attention of law enforcement, but if you’re
in the addiction business, you’ve probably seen this for a
while now. Yes, it has been increasingly accelerating
though in the past few years. If you had told me as recently as 5 years
ago it would give this bad, I would have been a little
surprised. Is it mostly from folks, and we’re talking
prescription drugs, mostly pain killers? It’s mostly pain killers. Although, also involved
are the anti-anxiety drugs like Librium, Valium and
Xanax. People also develop problems with those and
in particular if they take those together with the pain killers, it’s potentially
a lethal combination. Are we talk about people who start legitimately
on these prescription drugs and it leads to addiction or not so
much? Some do have little chronic pain issues. However,
a lot of people, especially the younger folks, are
starting on them as in essence party drugs. Really?
Yes. Kids will have, excuse me, teenagers –
Kids to us. Yes –
will have, even now these days, they’ll just have pill parties where they just dump assorted pills in, and
they aren’t normally quite sure what they’re getting. Occasionally, there’s some pretty unfortunate
results out of that. Some of it is quite potent, quite powerful
medication. So initially, where are they getting them?
From a home medicine cabinet? Unfortunately, yes. A very common place that
people get these is say a sprained my knee, and I go to the doctor and I get
a little prescription for a pain killer. Nobody seems
to get rid of them after there’s some left over. We tend to put them in the back of the closet-
Just in case. Yes, and that’s where they get them. You specialize in addiction of these prescription
drugs although at your center it’s all sorts of addiction that you deal
with as well. Indeed. Yes. The good old standby alcohol
is still an issue. And in this context the combination of alcohol
and prescription painkillers is another one of those potentially
lethal combinations people don’t pay much attention to. If a family member’s watching this and they
have suspicions that either a friend or family member is addicted, what should be their first steps, Ed? It’s a little different depending on if it’s
themselves or a family member. If I think I might have a problem, the
chances are pretty good I probably do. I would strongly recommend give somebody a
call. There are plenty of fine upstanding programs
here in central Ohio ours is one that will be able to help people out. If it’s a family member,it’s a little different.
Obviously, do talk with them about it. However, don’t be prepared for a positive
reaction. I’m sure. Because very often times you’ll-
Denial’s big isn’t it? Exactly, you have got it there, and so you
do talk with them about it, but after that, take care of yourself
because it’s very anxiety provoking being in a relationship
with somebody who might have a drug problem, so there’s Al-Anon, Nar-Anon companion organizations for people who are
in relationships with people who have a possible addiction issue. Very important point. Is there ever a time
when a dentist or doctor themselves will have a suspicion
about a patient and then reach out to someone like you? They might. What happens is that dentists
probably not because you don’t develop a problem with what’s called
acute use, which is a one-time thing because you had a root
canal. Right. You have to take it for a while. You can’t
get addicted instantly. Now if you are say getting pain medication
from a doctor, they might notice over time but normally only when
things are getting pretty fair along because when you start calling
to refill prescriptions ahead of time, when you lose them then they
start paying attention. By that time, you’ve probably
already developed a decent problem. You treat all ages, which is sad, but we talked
about teens and kids and it can start that young. It can. The issue with teenager is it takes
hold faster, so it’s a much more accelerated process. You can end up with kids who are addicted,
and they’re 15. We have your number and your information on
screen, so hopefully, if someone out there feels like they have a problem themselves
or knows someone that does that at least they’ll
try to reach out and try to get some advice from you. That’s the first step isn’t it?
Yes it is. Absolutely.
You can’t get help unless you ask for it. That is very true.
Ed, thank you so much. Nice to have you here. Thank you. Nice to be here.
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