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Ending Prescription Drug Abuse Before It Becomes Addiction

Ending prescription drug abuse before it becomes addictionSome people start using prescription drugs due to medical need, curiosity, peer pressure or the desire to explore the effects of the drugs. Prescription drugs are readily available at home, through medical professionals and from friends or dealers that it does not require a huge risk to acquire these substances.

Prescription drug use is common. Everyone knows a friend or family member who has used prescription drugs from either a legitimate or recreational reason. Witnessing prescription drug use can make a person interested in these medications and their perceived benefits. Other people use prescription drugs for recreational purposes. They want to experience the feeling of euphoria associated with many of these drugs, they want to escape from emotions or situations or they want to party with their peers.

How Is Prescription Drug Abuse Defined?

Drug abuse is defined as using an illegal substance or using a legal substance in the wrong way. With drug abuse a person is making a choice to take the substance differently than intended. The cause of prescription drug abuse does not affect its definition.

When Does Prescription Drug Abuse Become Addiction?

The fine line between abuse and addiction is difficult for the user and others to recognize. An abuser takes a drug by choice, but an addict has lost that choice and control to the drug. When the need to acquire and use a drug becomes the central focus of a person’s life, the line has been crossed, and the abuser is now an addict.

Ending Prescription Drug Abuse before It Becomes Addiction

It is in a prescription drug user’s best interest to stop abuse before it becomes addiction. The first step in ending prescription drug abuse is recognizing the problem. Signs of prescription drug abuse include the following:

  • Feeling like you are not yourself
  • Your sleeping or eating patterns have changed
  • Your moods seem out of control
  • You are no longer interested in people or activities you used to enjoy

After identifying prescription drug abuse, find help and let the healing process begin. Trying to stop taking prescription drugs on your own rarely works. Therefore, you need to reach out and find someone you can trust and who can help you. You need the help of a supportive and understanding individual such as the following:

  • Parent
  • Counselor
  • Doctor
  • Relative
  • Close friend
  • Religious leader

With the help of your network of supportive people you will find the strength to seek professional help from a trained drug counselor, therapist or recovery program.

Get Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

Get help to end prescription drug abuse and avoid addiction. We can listen to your struggles, answer your questions about treatment options, and provide you with resources for recovery. Call our toll-free helpline any time 24 hours a day. All calls are confidential, and we are here to help.

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