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Do Good People Get Addicted to Prescription Drugs?

Do Good People Get Addicted to Prescription Drugs?When most people hear the word “addict,” they immediately think of what an addict is like, and this may include any of the following stereotypes:

  • They voluntarily remain addicts. A common faulty assumption about prescription drug addicts is that they voluntarily abuse drugs and they could stop any time if they mustered enough willpower. This, and the other statements below, is simply not true.
  • They are lazy and lack ambition. Many people assume that prescription drug addicts sit around all day in a drug-induced stupor without ambition. However, many addicts work full time, maintain relationships with others, have hobbies and appear completely in control.
  • They have a criminal history. Some people assume that all addicts are drug dealers, criminals or in gangs. While this may be true for some addicts, it is not true for many others.
  • They are young. Many people think that most addicts are young, that is in high school or college. People assume that young people will try or do anything, including taking prescription drugs, to feel a rush of excitement.
  • They frequent back alleys and bad neighborhoods. Many people assume that addicts hang out in bad areas of town to keep using drugs, or because they live there due to wasting their money on drugs.
  • They neglect themselves. A stereotype of many addicts is that they become so consumed with drug abuse that they don’t care about others or even themselves. The myth is that they don’t shower or take care of personal hygiene, which may be true for some addicts, but not all of them.
  • They steal from others to fund drug abuse. Many people assume that all addicts will steal from you if you let them in your house. While some people do steal from family and friends, this stereotype cannot be applied to all addicts.

Drug addiction can occur to anyone, because addiction does not play favorites. Anyone can become a drug addict, from young adults to the elderly, men and women, poor and rich people and people of any ethnicity. However, the good news is that everyone can get help to overcome addiction.

Treating Prescription Drug Addiction

No matter how people become addicted to a prescription drug, the treatment for addiction follows some general steps. First, the addict will enter detox, the process that flushes drugs from the body. After this, an addict will need either inpatient or outpatient treatment to deal with the underlying causes of the addiction. During treatment, addicts will discover triggers that led to addiction and develop skills to remain drug-free in the future.

Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

If you or a loved one is addicted to prescription drugs, we can help. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time to talk to an addiction recovery specialist. This professional can then discuss the best treatment options for your unique needs, so call one now for instant help. Don’t let prescription drugs destroy your life, and do not let stigmas keep you from treatment.

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