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Touring Musicians and Prescription Drug Addiction

Touring Musicians and Prescription Drug AddictionMany musicians have both publicly and secretly struggled with illicit drug use; losing their talent, family, admirers, careers and life, and this has raised awareness about the very real harm and consequences of illicit drug use and abuse. Recently, many musicians have come forward to speak about their struggles with prescription drug addiction.

Prescription drug addiction and other problems related to prescription drugs are extremely prevalent in the U.S. as well as many other areas of the globe. This issue seems to significantly affect touring musicians for reasons such as the following:

  • Musicians encounter many injuries and symptoms of pain while performing and touring.
  • Traveling can take a major toll on traveling musicians. Long hours on the road, sleeping away from home, irregular sleep habits, jetlag and other issues that make touring musicians vulnerable to health conditions they would seek prescription medications for.
  • Celebrity musicians have a relatively easy time getting drugs prescribed to them as most have doctors on their payroll
  • Due to being on the road, touring musicians may feel that medication is the only option available to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and other issues that can interfere with their health, wellbeing, performance and more. Moving from one location to the next makes alternative treatment such as talk therapy or massage therapy less feasible.

How Musicians Develop Prescription Drug Addictions

Musicians develop prescription drug addictions like any other human being. Because prescriptions drugs are prescribed by a medical professional, many individuals are under the belief that these drugs are harmless, when in reality, prescription drugs pose just as much, if not more, of a danger than illicit drugs especially when the user is not taking caution.

As touring musicians are on the road, it is hard to utilize healthy lifestyle habits and other treatment options for whatever issues they are struggling with; limited time and being on the road calls for quick solutions. Most prescription drugs are only intended for short-term use because an individual can quickly build a tolerance to the drug. When one’s tolerance builds, the individual must increase their dosage to attain the desired effects. It only takes a short while for an individual to develop a chemical dependency to a drug, especially when an individual is taking larger or more frequent quantities than prescribed. When drug dependency sets-in, it becomes exceedingly hard to stop using a drug because of the withdrawal symptoms that will arise. Furthermore, breaking the psychological addiction to prescription drugs is even more difficult for a touring musician because the individual feels like they must accept these issues, like sleep difficulties, pain and exhaustion, as part of their life, part of their career. Using a daily prescription drug can seem like just another part of the job. This perception sets the framework for self-medicating practices, where an individual looks to drugs or alcohol to treat any issues they come across, whether it be physical pain, emotional pain, stress, relationships problems and so on.

I’m Addicted to Prescription Drugs: What Next?

If you have come to terms with your addiction to prescription drugs and are ready to get treatment, you can call our toll-free number for help. Our trained addiction counselors are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Counselors will be happy to help however they can; answering questions, addressing concerns, providing information and helping guide you to the right treatment and recovery options for your individual needs. If you’re ready to break free from your addiction, we can help; all you have to do is call.

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