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How to Know When Someone You Love Is Abusing Prescription Drugs

How to know when someone you love is abusing prescription drugsIf you suspect that someone you love is abusing prescription drugs, learn the signs of prescription drug abuse and find out what you can do to help your loved one. If you would like to speak with a real person about your concerns, please call us now.

Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

If you are concerned about a loved one’s substance use, it pays to be familiar with the different drug types on the market. Each drug type produces a different effect, and you may have witnessed these effects in your loved one. The following are categories of drugs, brand name products that fall within these categories and the effect of these drugs:

  • Stimulants: Stimulants like Ritalin, Focalin and Adderall are commonly prescribed for ADHD, ADD or narcolepsy and abused for study, focus, partying or weight loss purposes. They can make a person feel alert, hyper and even manic.
  • Opiate/opioid painkillers: Opiate drugs such as Percocet, Demerol, Vicodin and OxyContin are often seen as less dangerous or more socially acceptable than street drugs. These drugs affect the pain receptors of the brain and can be as addictive as heroin.
  • Depressants and benzodiazepines: These drugs include Valium, Klonopin, Xanax and Nebutal and are used to treat anxiety and insomnia. They slow brain activity and can lead to dangerously breath rate and heart rate.

Fifteen Signs that Someone You Love Is Abusing Prescription Drugs

You or your loved one may exhibit some or all of the following signs of prescription drug abuse:

  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Faking illness in order to get a prescription
  • A family history or a personal history of addiction or mental illness
  • Prescriptions for addictive medications
  • “Doctor shopping” or finding several doctors to treat similar problems
  • Frequent emergency room visits
  • Hidden medications or claims that medications were stolen or missing
  • Powdery residue (indication that pills were crushed and snorted) on cards in wallet or on furniture
  • Withdrawal from friends or family
  • Increase in drug usage
  • Continued use of the drug even after the original problem was resolved
  • Problems with employment or maintaining relationships
  • Large amounts of time spent thinking about, discussing, planning to obtain or recovering from drug use
  • Defensive behavior, hypersensitivity, mood swings or violent outbursts
  • Neglecting loved ones, hobbies, children or former friends

If these symptoms sound familiar, find help for yourself or your loved one.

Find Prescription Drug Treatment Now

If you are concerned about a loved one, we can help. When you call our toll-free helpline, you will be connected with an experienced recovery counselor who can help you learn more about your options. Every day we help people learn more about topics such as the following:

  • Addiction treatment options
  • Family intervention assistance and options
  • Integrated treatment for substance abuse and mental illness
  • Insurance coverage for rehab care
  • Certified and licensed inpatient rehab and detox services
  • Family options for treatment

Let us help you today. Call now.

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