Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Park Royal Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Park Royal Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction Symptoms, Causes, Signs & Side Effects

Prescription medications are any drug regulated by law that require a doctor’s prescription before it can be obtained.

Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse

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The danger with prescription drugs is that many people believe that since they are obtained from a doctor, they can’t become addicted and the medication won’t cause serious harm. Prescription medication abuse is when a substance is used in a way that was not initially intended. Prescription addiction can develop in a few different ways. Some individuals use these medications to get pleasurable sensations, while others may have been taking a medication for legitimate conditions and no longer believe that they can function without it.

While most individuals take their medications the way in which prescribed by a physician there are some individuals who abuse prescription medications. This has, unfortunately, deterred a number of individuals who would have otherwise sought treatment to fear medications and physicians have become afraid to prescribe prescription medication for even valid medical reasons. There are many different types of medications that are abused, but the most commonly abused are benzodiazepines, opioids, and stimulants.

Benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Ativan are some of the most highly addicted and abused prescription medications. These drugs are intended to be used for only a short amount of time to get the symptoms of anxiety under control. Unfortunately, many individuals become addicted to the way these benzos make them feel and begin to take higher doses of the medication.

Opiate narcotics are most often used to manage both acute and chronic pain. These narcotics provide users with an all-over feeling of euphoria and happiness, making them highly addictive.

Stimulant drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin have been used to manage attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Certain individuals enjoy the sense of energy and increased self-esteem these drugs provide and begin to use them for nonmedical purposes.

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is quickly becoming an epidemic in the United States and requires treatment from rehab centers to overcome.


Statistics of Prescription Drug Addiction

The prevalence rate for prescription drug abuse in adults in the U.S. is estimated to be over 2.7%. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are stimulants, sedatives, and opiates. Over 8% of high school seniors reported taking Vicodin while over 5% reported using Oxycodone for nonmedical purposes.


Causes and Risk Factors for Prescription Drug Abuse

As there is a wide variety of prescription medications that are abused for nonmedical purposes it is not possible to determine an exact cause for the development of an addiction problem. Research has shown that the development of addiction is likely to be caused by a number of factors working together. Some of these factors may include:

Genetic: It has been shown that individuals who have relatives with addiction problems are more likely to develop addictions themselves. It is thought that the predisposition to develop an addiction problem may be passed down through certain genes, although it is not entirely understood.

Brain Chemistry: Substance abuse disorders develop from the effects that the drugs have on the reward system of the brain. Prescription medications act like the naturally-occurring neurotransmitters in the brain, creating a false sense of well-being. After prolonged abuse we are no longer able to naturally produce those chemicals so the drug abuse continues.

Environmental: Many times individuals use prescription medications to handle the stress associated with daily life. They have turned to substance abuse because this is the only coping mechanism they know. Additionally, they may have grown up in an environment where substance abuse was an acceptable behavior and an appropriate means of handling emotional pain.


Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

There are a variety of signs and symptoms that may indicate the use and abuse of prescription medication. Actual symptoms experienced will depend upon the type of medication abused. Some symptoms that are common to all abused substances include:

  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Risky behaviors
  • Stealing medications
  • Abandon activities once enjoyed
  • “Doctor shopping”
  • Frequent trips to the ER with various somatic complaints
  • Selling medication for money
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability and hostility
  • Anger or angry outbursts
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Poor judgment
  • Deterioration of physical appearance
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Reporting prescriptions lost or stolen
  • Stealing or other illegal behavior
  • Lack of motivation
  • Frequently getting in trouble
  • Lying
  • Inconsistent answers to questions posed by physicians and family members about prescription usage

Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

The effects of prescription drugs vary depending on the type of medication, however there are some common effects for all types of substance abuse. These effects include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Legal problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Employment problems or loss of job
  • Psychological issues
  • Negative health consequences
Co-Occurring Disorders

Learn About Co-Occurring Disorders

Some common co-occurring disorders found with prescription addiction include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Somatization Disorders
  • Additional substance abuse disorders
  • ADHD
  • Conduct disorder
Effects of Withdrawal and Overdose

Effects of Withdrawal and Overdose for Prescription Drug Abuse

Physical withdrawal symptoms will be different depending on the type of prescription medication consumed. Withdrawal symptoms will also differ depending on how much of the drug is consumed, the amount of time abused, and the level of addiction. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Shakes
  • Bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Racing thoughts
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Decreased self-confidence
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Seizures
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Marks of Quality Care
Why this matters?
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
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  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation

My wife became addicted to prescription drugs after her knee surgery. Park Royal Hospital helped her recover from her addiction and now she is back on her feet (literally!)

– Donnie K

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