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WHAT IS PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY?

Prescription Drug Addiction Recovery has become a big thing. Why? Because there are so many young people, older people and seniors who are addicted to pills. Thepharmacy is dispensing drugs according to the written prescription. The users are abusing the prescriptions and drug seeking. That is looking for doctors to write thescript for their drug of choice.

No one starts out to become addicted to pills. After getting it and filling it and filling it numerous time. The user becomes aware that it is something that they need and want. This is where the addiction starts.

In the United States, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act defines what requires a prescription. These drugs are generally authorized by veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, medical practitioners, and advanced practice nurses. It is generally required that MD, DO,PA, OD, DPM, DVM, DDS, ORDMD,some Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners and other APRNs write the scripts; basic-level registered nurses, medical assistants, emergency medical technicians, psychologists, and social workers as examples, do not have the authority to prescribe drugs.

In the United States, the term "prescription drugs" is mostly commonly used, but they are also called Rx-only drugs or legend drugs, after the Federal and State laws which mandate that all such drugs bear a "legend" prohibiting sale without a script;though more complex legends have been used, on most original drug packaging today the legend simply says "Rx only." The package insert fora script drug contains information about the intended effect of the drug and how it works in the body.

It also contains information about side effects, how a patient should take the drug, and cautions for its use, including warnings about allergies.

The safety and effectiveness of these drugs in the US is regulated by the federal Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with implementing this law.

Herbal preparations, vitamins, minerals and food supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so the individual consumer must be aware of the potential negative effects of using these preparations and also the potential interactions with scripted drugs they may be taking.

Large U.S. retailers that operate pharmacies and pharmacy chains use inexpensive generic drugs as a way to attract customers into stores. Several chains,including Walmart, Dillions, Target, and others, offer $4.00 monthly prescriptions on select generic drugs as a customer draw.

Prescription Drugs

Pills Anonymous (PA) is a twelve step program for people who seek recovery from prescription drug addiction. PA is patterned very closely after Alcoholic Anonymous, although the two groups are not affiliated.

PA uses the book Alcoholics Anonymous as its basic text. Complementing this will be the PA Workbook, and the AA book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. As of 2009, there are several thousand PA members in the United States, Canada and other countries. Online meetings exist as well.

The Pills Anonymous Program

The only requirement for membership is a "a desire to stop using pills," and members "meet regularly to help each other stay clean and sober," where "clean" is defined as complete abstinence from all mood-and-mind-altering-substances (including alcohol). Membership in P.A. is free, and there are no dues or fees. The foundation of Pills Anonymous program is the twelve steps and twelve traditions.

Pills Anonymous "has no opinion on outside issues," including those of politics, science, or medicine," and does not endorse any outside organization or institution. The fellowship does not promote itself, but rather attracts new members through public information and outreach. P.A. groups and P.A. World Service supply outside organizations with factual information regarding the P.A. program, and individual members may carry the P.A. message to hospitals and institutions, such as treatment centers.

THE NATURE OF ADDICTION

P.A. describes addiction as a progressive disease with no known cure, which affects every area of a pill addict's life: physical, mental, emotional, andspiritual. P.A. suggests that the disease of addiction can be arrested, and recovery is possible through the P.A. twelve-step program. The steps nevermention drugs or drug use; rather, they refer only to addiction to pills, to indicate that pill addicts have a disease of which pill use is one symptom.other symptoms include obsession, compulsion, denial, and self centered fear.

Pill Addicts often enter P.A. after reaching a "bottom" in their life, a point at which life feels completely unmanageable, sometimes characterized by"unemployable, dereliction, and destruction" and centered around the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more pills. Every P.A. memberreaches a different bottom, which can be wherever the pill addict chooses to stop using. In practice, it is pill use and the extreme consequences associatedwith its abuse that bring most pill addicts to their bottom many of them sliding along "this bottom" for many years often never finding a way out

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MEETINGS

Regular meetings, hosted by P.A. groups, are the basic unit of the P.A. Fellowship. Meetings are held in a variety of places such as church meeting rooms, libraries, hospitals, community centers, parks, or any other place that can accomodate a meeting.

Members who attend the same meeting on a regular basis to establish a recovery network and reliable routine understand this to be their "Home Group." Group members are able to participate in the group's business, and play an important role in deciding how the group's meetings should be conducted.

FORMATS

There are two basic types of meetings "open" and "closed." Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend an open meeting, while closed meetingsare limited to pill addicts and to people who think they may have a problem with drugs.

Meeting formats vary, but often include time devoted to the reading aloud of P.A. literature regarding the issues involved in living life clean and soberwhich is written by and for members of P.A. Many meetings also include an "open sharing" component, where anyone attending has theopportunity to share. There is usually no direct feedback during the 'share,' thus only one person ever speaks at any given time during this portion of themeeting. Some groups choose to host a single speaker (such meetings are usually denoted "speaker meetings" to share for the majority of themeeting time.

Other meeting formats include round-robin (in which sharing goes around in a circle or each speaker picks the next person to share). Some meetings focus onreading, writing, and/or sharing about one of the Twelve Steps or some other portion of P.A. literature. Some meetings are "common needs" (aka special interest) meetings, supporting a particular group of people based on gender, sexual identity, age, language or other characteristic. These meetings arenot exclusionary, as any pill addict is welcome at any P.A. meeting. P.A. communities will often make an effort to have an open meeting run at the sametime for members who don't identify with the common needs meeting.

During the meeting, some groups allot time for P.A.-related announcements, and many meetings set aside time to recognize "anniversaries" or "birthdays"of clean and sober time to the group. In some meetings, and or certain anniversaries medallions, which denote various amounts of clean and sober time,are distributed to those who have achieved those milestones. In some areas, the pill addict who is celebrating an "anniversary" will be able to conduct thereadings for the meeting, and he/she will be the speaker to carry the P.A. message. The He/She will have his or her sponsor, a friend or a family memberpresent a medallion, at which time the presenter will share some of the celebrating pill addict's achievements from the last year, or from date from duringthe entire course of his or her recovery. Then the pill addict celebrating his or her anniversary can share his or her experience, strength, and hope withthe group on how they achieved their recovery.

"Each group has but one primary purpose--to carry the message to the addict who still suffers"(Pills Anonymous' Fifth Tradition).. Therefore, the newcomer is considered to be the most important person in any meeting. The message of Pills Anonymousis hope: that there is another way to live.

SERVICE

P.A. literature suggests that service work is essential part of a program of recovery. Service is "doing the next right thing" and is the best example of "good will," which is the basis for the freedom promised by the P.A. program. Service work usually consists of chairing a meeting, but may be as simple as cleaning up after the meeting, putting away chairs, or answering a phone. Additionally, there are basic, formalized service positions at the group level to help the group perform its function--for example, treasurer, secretary, and World Service Delegate (who represents the group in the larger service structure)

SPIRITUALITY

Pills Anonymous calls itself a spiritual program of recovery from the disease of pill addiction. The P.A. program places importance on developing a working relationship with a "higher power." The literature suggests that members formulate their own personal understanding of a higher power. The onlysuggested guidelines are that this power be "loving, caring, and greater than one's self." Members are given freedom in coming to an understanding of ahigher power that works for them. Individuals from various spiritual and religious backgrounds, as well as many atheists and agnostics, have developeda relationship with their own higher power. P.A. also makes frequent use of the word "God"; some members who have difficulty with this term substitute"higher power" or read it as an acronym for "Good Orderly Direction."

The Twelve Steps of the P.A. program are based upon spiritual principles, three of which are honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness, embodied in thefirst three steps. According to P.A. members, these principles, when followed to the best of one's ability, allow for a new way of life.

PA meetings often close with the Third Step Prayer ("Take my will and my life. Guide me in my recovery. Show me how to live) or the Serenity Prayer.

ANONYMITY

The Twelfth Tradition of Pills Anonymous states that "anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities".

Many P.A. members identify themselves in meetings by their name only. The spirit of anonymity is about placing "principles before personalities"; affirming that no individual pill addict is superior to another; and recognizing that individual pill addicts do not recover without the fellowship or its spiritual principles."

The Eleventh Tradition states that P.A. members "need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films."

HISTORY

On October 1, 2008, Pills Anonymous World Service was incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization in the state of Arizona, as a result of twoconferences held earlier that year. One of the conferences was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in March, the other in Tempe, Arizona in September. During theTempe Conference, the Delegates voted to incorporate Pills Anonymous World Service. They also voted to accept, as the organizations guide moving forward, the Pills Anonymous World Service Manual, which contains the Twelve Steps of Pills Anonymous, the Twelve Traditions of Pills Anonymous, and many suggestionsas how the group should be run.

In June 2009, in Ontario, California, the Pills Anonymous Service manual was introduced and voted ro be conference-approved. The manual is intended as a guide to help individual groups form meetings, an important part of the PA program.ANONYMITY

In October 2010, In Mesa, Arizona, the Pills Anonymous World Service Public Information Guide was introduced.The 2010 Conference quickly approved thisguide, which provides guidance to P.A. groups and the World Service in attracting newcomers to the program. The 2010 conference also approved the useof "press releases" to send the message of recovery to the media.

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