The city of Melbourne, FL is plagued by substance abuse, just like many other cities across the country. Prescription drug abuse is of particular concern in that area. These medications are prescribed at high rates in Melbourne—with between 588 and 770 reported benzodiazepine prescriptions per 1,000 people in 2016.1
For every 1,000 people living in Brevard County, 649 were prescribed benzodiazepines in 2015.2 Alprazolam, which is frequently prescribed under the brand name Xanax, is the most common benzodiazepine dispensed to Florida residents and the third most commonly dispensed controlled substance altogether, behind hydrocodone and oxycodone.3
Benzodiazepines are prescribed to manage anxiety and panic disorder, but when people misuse or abuse these drugs, an addiction can develop. Once someone is addicted to a substance, it can be very difficult for them to quit on their own. They tend to use the drug in a compulsive pattern regardless of the negative consequences. Someone who is addicted to a benzodiazepine is likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when they abruptly discontinue use. Although rare, these withdrawal symptoms could be fatal due to potential seizures.4
Someone looking to quit abusing benzos should seek out a detox center or a rehab program that provides medical detox services as well. They can ensure your safety and comfort throughout the withdrawal process and help you achieve medical stability before beginning an addiction treatment program. Then a formal substance abuse treatment program can help you build relapse prevention and coping skills necessary to remain clean in the long run.
Take a moment to search our directory for more information on Melbourne, Florida rehabilitation centers near you. Each center is different, so search for others within Brevard County if you want to extend your search outside of Melbourne.
- Florida Health. (2017). Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation, 2016-2017 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Annual Report.
- UFHealth. (2016). Florida Drug-Related Outcomes Surveillance and Tracking System.
- Florida Health. (2017). 2016-2017 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Annual Report.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Which classes of prescription drugs are commonly misused?