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Can I Quit Rx Drugs on My Own?

Can I quit Rx drugs on my own?Prescription drug addiction is on the rise. Increased advertising and people misdiagnosing themselves have poured fuel on the dependency fire in recent years. From painkillers to psychotropic drugs to sleep aids, medications intended to help can quickly turn to harm. Once people are addicted, it is difficult or even impossible for them to quit on their own.

How Prescription Drug Addiction Develops

Many prescription medications replace neurological chemicals and cause the body to stop producing them. These chemicals are parts of an intricate and precarious system that controls a wide range of psychological and physiological functions including emotional response, motivation and impulse control. When people become dependent on any given drug they will not be able to function properly or feel anything close to normal until their bodies reestablish its natural chemical balance. This can take from a couple of days to several weeks to achieve. Depending on the drug being abused withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Physical pain
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Intense anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Lethargy
  • Nightmares or panic attacks

How Psychological Prescription Drug Addiction Works

While the symptoms of physical withdrawal can be intense, the more difficult challenge comes in breaking the psychological addiction. The euphoria brought on by these medications directly affects the part of the brain responsible for reinforcing behaviors (habits) and controlling impulses. The brain will crave the relief from physical and emotional distress that the drugs offer, and a brain will use deep-seeded psychological tools to maintain it. Obsession, justification, denial and personal shame are just a few of the symptoms that cause a person to keep using drugs long after they decide that they want to quit. The psychological underpinnings of the disease of addiction function on a much deeper and more powerful level than rational thought.

End Rx Drug Addiction

The best chance for long-term freedom from prescription drug addiction is through professional treatment from a residential or inpatient facility. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline any timeand talk with one of our specially trained addiction experts. Even if you are not ready to receive treatment you can call for advice or information. We can help you find the best treatment plan for your unique needs. Depending on the prescription you are addicted to it might not even be safe to quit cold turkey on your own. Call today and let us help you discover an exciting and future beyond prescription drug addiction.

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