Prescription Drug Addiction

Published on October 17, 2019

What is prescription drug abuse?

Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription medication that has not been prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in amounts other than your doctor has prescribed.

Addiction of any substance is when you continue to use the substance even though there have been harmful effects to your life, including problems with your family, school, work or the legal system. 

It’s extremely troublesome as you or a loved one may innocently trusted that this medication was safe, and if not monitored correctly, or tapered off by a medical doctor, prescription medication abuse can happen to anyone! 

We understand and you’ll not be judged, in most cases, it’s not even your fault? Now, you realize you’ve got a problem getting into a treatment center is imperative and no shame in this game! You’re not alone and we, just want you to get healthy, end the insanity of prescription drug addiction today!

The National Institute On Drug Abuse: People who abuse prescription drugs—that is, taking them in a manner or a dose other than prescribed or taking medications prescribed for another person—risk addiction and other serious health consequences. Such drugs include opioid pain relievers, stimulants used to treat ADHD, and benzodiazepines to treat anxiety or sleep disorders. Indeed, in 2010, an estimated 2.4 million people 12 or older met criteria for abuse of or dependence on prescription drugs, the second most common illicit drug use after marijuana. To minimize these risks, a physician (or other prescribing health provider) should screen patients for prior or current substance abuse problems and assess their family history of substance abuse or addiction before prescribing a psychoactive medication and monitor patients who are prescribed such drugs. Physicians also need to educate patients about the potential risks so that they will follow their physician’s instructions faithfully, safeguard their medications, and dispose of them appropriately. 

The abuse of prescription drugs can happen even under the most innocent circumstances, as narcotic prescription drugs are prescribed for a plethora of different medical conditions, and for some people can be quite helpful and effective!  However statically 30% of Americans prescribed narcotic medication is even unintentionally abusing and have become dependant upon prescription medication. 

When someone is taking prescription drugs or any kind of drug, they begin exhibiting certain physical signs and symptoms as well as behavioral warning signs. Drugs, including prescription drugs, alter the structure of the brain over time, and it makes it increasingly difficult for the addicted person to make good decisions.

Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:

  • Opioids:
  • Benzodiazepines:
  • Stimulants

While these drugs are legitimately used for the treatment of medical conditions, abuse occurs anytime they’re used in a way other than what’s intended by a care provider, whether it’s infrequent or chronic abuse.

The results of prescription drug abuse can be dangerous and even deadly, so how do you know the warning signs of someone being on them? 

Contact us today for a no-obligation confidential treatment plan today!