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How Prescription Drug Addiction Limits Self-Expression

How Prescription Drug Addiction Limits Self-ExpressionThe following are the three categories of prescription drugs that are most frequently abused:

  • Opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and meperidine (Demerol), which are prescribed to treat pain
  • Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, such as pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax), which are prescribed to treat anxiety, tension, panic attacks and sleep disorders
  • Stimulants, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall), which are prescribed to treat narcolepsy and ADHD

Drug abuse can have many consequences and can limit self-expression.

About Self-Expression

Self-expression is the method by which individuals interact with others. Self-expression occurs most often in the forms of communication and body language. However, self-expression is also reflected by the clothes people wear, the hairstyles people choose, how people decorate their homes, what they read and even what type of car they drive.

Self-expression often happens naturally without much thought; other times people work hard to express a point of view or achieve something specific that they want to express. Self-expression can be very rewarding, but it can also be frustrating.

Components of Self-Expression

Self-expression is really a combination of inspiration, creativity, skill and talent. These variables may come naturally for some people while others need to develop these traits. To maximize on these traits, people need to have confidence, courage, the ability to make decisions and the ability to adapt their style of self-expression to fit a situation.

Common Side Effects of Prescription Drugs

Different prescription drugs bring about different side effects; some common side effects include the following:

  • Amnesia
  • Aches and pains
  • Hallucinations
  • Unusual sleep patterns
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • White patches or sores inside the mouth or on the lips
  • Unusual risk-taking behavior and no fear of danger
  • Extreme fear
  • Fainting
  • Coma
  • Irritability
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Nerve pain lasting for several weeks or months
  • Bleeding that will not stop

These side effects are common even when a person takes the prescribed medication as directed.

Prescription Drug Addiction and Self-Expression

Self-expression is important in every aspect of your life. You need to be able to express yourself and be true to your own nature when you want to establish close interpersonal relationships. You also need to be able to express yourself in school or at work. In addition, self-expression gives you the opportunity to explore your personal desires and to set goals for things that you want to accomplish in your life.

Prescription drug addiction damages self-expression because addiction takes over your life. When you are more focused on getting and using drugs, you do not have the time, energy or attention to strengthen the inspiration, creativity, skills and talents that are necessary for self-expression.

Get Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

If you or someone you know is abusing prescription drugs, call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about prescription drug abuse treatment. We are here to help.

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