Prescription For Menstrual Cramps Turns Into Full-Blown...
Caller: 49-year-old father for his daughter
Problem: Oxycodone addiction
Seeking: Biophysical detox program
Reason(s): The father of an 18-year-old female calls in asking about how to combat prescription drug abuse. It was obvious from talking to him that he was uncomfortable about talking about the specifics of the situation, but he did share that his daughter had been prescribed Oxycodone. The reason behind the prescription was that during her monthly periods, she would be in constant pain and complain that she could not focus in class or after school athletics. After taking her to the family physician no fewer than four times, she was prescribed Oxycodone. Unfortunately, the daughter started eventually using Oxycodone even when she was not dealing with her monthly cramps. The father found out that most of the money she makes working on weekends went to buying Oxycodone from other people after realizing that she could not get enough from her prescription in order to satisfy her need for the drug. The father is worried about how this will affect her grades, her life, and the relationship with the rest of her family. He understands that relapse is a large problem with Oxycodone and wants to try something where his daughter is first cleansed of the remainder of the toxins in her body – recommendation was made for a biophysical detoxification in their area.
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This depends on the programs and on your insurance. More and more insurance companies are realizing the need for proper alternative drug treatment and extending coverage. This is due to the better results offered by a holistic approach and the financial benefits of most patients not relapsing.