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Are you at high risk for prescription pill addiction?

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may be wondering why you're even reading this article. It can't happen to you, right?  But that innocent little pain pill from the dentist or that bottle of pills for your hurting back could take control of your life.

Here are the top 5 risk factors for getting addicted to prescription medicine. This list comes from Dr. John Tanner and Dr. Ray Pomm, addiction experts in Jacksonville.

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#1:  You have addictions in your family to drugs or booze. ("Family" means a mom, dad, brother or sister.)

#2:  Someone in your family has an anxiety disorder or depression or is bipolar.

#3:  You smoke pot right now several times a week.

#4:  You were abused as a child.

#5:  You have an addiction to sex or food.

What if you can relate to a risk factor? What if someone you care about can?

First, make sure all prescription medication bottles are locked up. 

Second, if you think you see a problem, get help before it's too late.

Some people, experts say, become addicted within a couple weeks.  Others take pain pills without any trouble. Others get hooked without any of the above risk factors.

All this week Jeannie Blaylock and FCN are looking at the addiction to prescription pills in the special report, "Beast In a Bottle." Friday, February 22nd, we'll have a phone panel of experts you can call for advice.  You can call between 5 and 6:30 pm to 904-632-1200.

Here are resources for paying and unable-to-pay:

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS

Breakthroughs Counseling & Recovery Inc. (904) 739-2152

3810 Williamsburg Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

Greenfield Center (904) 389-37843

Shircliff Way, Jacksonville, FL

Awakening Recovery Center (904) 733-7383

 

METHADONE TREATMENT

Jacksonville Metro Treatment (904) 398-7015

3609 Emerson St, Jacksonville, FL

 

INPATIENT AND OTHER LEVELS OF TREATMENT

Lakeview (904) 642-9349

8889 Corporate Square Ct, Jacksonville, FL

Stepping Stones Treatment Center (904) 446-1041

1815 Corporate Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Wekiva Springs Center (904) 296-3533

3947 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, FL

 

PUBLICLY ASSISTED TREATMENT PROGRAMS

River Region Human Services (904) 899-6300

390 Park St, Jacksonville, FL

Gateway Community Services Inc. (904) 387-4661

555 Stockton St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Gateway Community Services Inc. (904) 739-1922

1754 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL

 

YOUNG ADULT TREATMENT OPTION

Teen Challenge (904) 647-6358

3333 Phillips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL

 

12-STEP SUPPORT GROUPS

Narcotics Anonymous (904) 358-6262

Jacksonville, FL

Alcoholics Anonymous Northeast Florida Intergroup Services

Phone (904)399-8535

 

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR LOVED ONES

Al-Anon (904) 350-0600

Jacksonville, FL 32202

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