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Those fighting the war on drugs in Illinois unfortunately have to concentrate both on stopping the flow of illicit substances into and through Illinois from and to points all over the Unites States and even some foreign countries as well as substance abuse by some of its residents. According to statistics, in one city in Illinois alone (not Chicago) approximately 116 members of the city's population admitted to marijuana use, while 19 said they were addicted to cocaine. Eight other Illinois residents living in that city said they used hallucinogens (which can include such things as mushrooms and other substances.

An additional 51 residents said they abused prescription drugs. This category can include such medications as Ambien, a prescription sleep aid. As mentioned earlier, one city in Illinois reported a number of its residents who suffered from prescription drug abuse. And, one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs is Ambien.

Ambien is a sedative drug; it helps those who are suffering from insomnia to fall asleep. It is intended for short-term use only, until the underlying cause for the insomnia has been determined and is being treated. Too often, however, people still continue to take Ambien long after it is needed.

When this occurs, a person can become dependent on Ambien, and may eventually develop an addiction. If they are unable to continue being able to obtain prescriptions from the health care provider who first gave them the medication, they will often resort to other means of getting the drug.

One way in which people who are addicted to Ambien attempt to get another prescription is by "doctor-shopping." These people visit doctors in different parts of the region in which they live, and may even travel many miles outside their region trying to find a physician who will give them a prescription.

Others take the original prescription, or the new one they are given if the doctor does prescribe a refill, and attempt to change the number of times the medication can be refilled. If they are successful, and the pharmacist does not verify the refill amount, they may be able to continue obtaining Ambien for quite a while.

Others who cannot get a prescription for Ambien may resort to theft from family members or friends who have a legitimate prescription. This denies the person who really needs the prescription the proper amount of medication needed to help with their particular problem.

Fortunately, drug addiction treatment facilities in Illinois are equipped to deal with Ambien or other types of prescription drug addiction as well as addiction to illicit drugs. These facilities provide rehabilitation services on an in-patient or out-patient basis. Some of them even limit their services to prescription drug addiction only; they do not accept patients who have other types of addiction.

These types of facilities have staff members trained in dealing with Illinois residents who have a prescription drug addiction, such as to Ambien. Because they do not have to move from one patient who may addicted to alcohol to another patient who may be addicted to cocaine to yet another who may be addicted to meth, they are better able to focus on patients with Ambien or other prescription drug addiction.

Further, in treatment-specific facilities, everyone there has basically the same problem. The prescription drug addiction may be caused by a different drug than Ambien, but everyone will still share a common bond. This can greatly facilitate group counseling sessions, because everyone participating will already be "on the same page" so to speak.

Some Illinois drug addiction treatment facilities limit themselves even further. They are not only treatment-specific, they are gender-specific, only accept those women or men with prescription drug addiction.
Illinois residents who have a prescription drug addiction can find facilities that will best suit their needs. Payment options are often available, and some accept health insurance coverage. The treatment is available; one only has to be willing to accept it.

http://www.nida.nih.gov/DrugPages/PrescripDrugsChart.html
http://www.cprd.illinois.edu/statepreventionsystems

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