Just like the rest of the state and country, Ocala, Florida has been negatively impacted by substance abuse and its harmful effects.
In 2016, the number of prescription drug-related deaths in Leesburg, Ocala’s district, increased by over 108% from the previous year.1 Alprazolam and diazepam, commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, caused 59 and 58 deaths respectively. Oxycodone and hydrocodone, opioids used to treat moderate to severe pain, caused 74 and 39 deaths each.1
Benzodiazepines and opioids both carry the risk for abuse and addiction, but the good news is that these addictions, as well as those to many other substances, can be safely and effectively treated at an Ocala rehab.
Signs of prescription drug abuse include:
- Using medications not prescribed to you.
- Using higher doses than those directed by your doctor.
- Using medications for nonmedical reasons, such as to experience euphoria.
- Using medications in ways other than directed, such as crushing and snorting pills.
- Visiting multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions, also known as doctor shopping.
If you’re addicted to opioids or benzodiazepines, you may want to consider entering a medical detox program before beginning rehab. A detox center will most likely use a tapering schedule for benzos in which it is gradually reduced in order to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Opioid detox will likely consist of FDA-approved medications, such as methadone or buprenorphine, that mitigate withdrawal symptoms and cravings.3 Once you complete detox and have achieved a medically stable, substance-free state, then you are ready to transition into an Ocala drug rehab center, where you will receive various interventions, such as group counseling, family therapy, individual therapy, support meetings, and more.
Use our rehab center directory to find safe, effective treatment for your alcohol or drug addiction. Explore your treatment options in Ocala or in other parts of Florida so you can recover from addiction and get back to living a healthier, drug-free lifestyle.
- Florida Health. (2017). Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners.
- Medline Plus. (2018). Prescription Drug Abuse.
3. World Health Organization. (2009). Clinical Guidelines for Withdrawal Management and Treatment of Drug Dependence in Closed Settings