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Benefit from Learning the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Benefit from Learning the Dangers of Prescription Drug AbusePeople can become addicted to prescription drugs without realizing they are at risk. They may do nothing more dangerous than fill a legitimate prescription for painkillers, antidepressants, sleep aids or other medications. They may assume that addiction only affects reckless, irresponsible or maladjusted people, but the truth is that prescription drug addiction can affect anyone including the following:

  • Mothers
  • Teachers
  • Ministers
  • Athletes
  • Judges
  • Medical professionals
  • High school students
  • Grandparents

Learning about the basic risks of and treatment options for prescription drug addiction can help a person avoid the trap of drug abuse, or it can help them find a way out if they are already stuck.

How Prescription Medication Addiction Happens

While each addictive medication has its own unique properties, the general pattern of addiction is relatively similar from drug to drug. This pattern may involve the following:

  • Medications create physical dependency by replacing naturally occurring chemicals
  • Medications give users a euphoric high that can be pleasurable and enticing
  • Medications provide temporary relief of underlying psychological disorders
  • Patients may fear the return of physical or emotional pain if they stop taking the drug
  • Patients with a history of substance abuse or addiction may relapse into addiction with the use of certain prescription drugs
  • Patients may take more medication than prescribed or take it more frequently, as their bodies develop a tolerance to it
  • Some people are born with a biological predisposition toward chemical dependency

People may intentionally take drugs that are not prescribed to them because they know that the drugs will give them a high, but this intentional abuse isn’t necessary for addiction to form.

Symptoms of Prescription Medication Addiction

The following are signs of addiction to prescription medications:

  • Dishonesty with friends, loved ones or self about medication use
  • Defensiveness, denial or justification when confronted about medication use
  • Prescription manipulation or “doctor shopping” to get more medication
  • Taking medications in higher doses or more frequently than prescribed
  • Combining medications with other drugs or alcohol to intensify the effects

If any of these symptoms are occurring there is a good chance that an addiction has formed. Recovery becomes more challenging as the disease progresses, so getting help as early as possible is important.

Understanding Effective Treatment Options for Prescription Medication Addiction

Any effective recovery program for prescription drug addiction must include fully integrated treatment of all aspects of the disease. This comprehensive treatment should involve the following:

  • Physical treatment during medically supervised detox services
  • Psychological addiction care through therapy and counseling
  • Treatment of co-occurring or underlying disorders

The most effective programs accomplish this through multifaceted treatment plans that are customized for each individual.

Finding the Best Help for Your Prescription Drug Addiction Recovery

Call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night. We are here to provide information and resources related to prescription drug abuse and addiction. We can listen to your concerns, answer your questions and provide tangible support that can get you on the road to lasting healing. Call today.

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