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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get Rx Abuse Help

Why you shouldn't wait to get Rx abuse helpMillions of new prescriptions are written every year in the United States. Unfortunately, this also means that the number of new addictions to prescription medications is always increasing. If you are dealing with an addiction to a substance that was prescribed to you by your doctor, you may feel a bit lost. Doctors are not always as thorough as they could be when it comes to explaining the potential for abuse and dependency that accompanies many prescription substances on the market today, nor or they always willing or able to help you navigate treatment options.

It is important to realize that the time to act is now. Even if your dependency upon your prescription medications seems under control now, the effects of tolerance and dependency can ultimately rob you of your physical and mental health, in addition to your financial security and important relationships.

Tolerance can be defined as the situation in which your body begins to counteract the effects of continued consistent doses of a substance. If you have experienced this before, you know that the more of a drug you take, the less effective that drug will become. For many, their responses are simply to take more frequent or higher doses of the drug to produce the desired effect. This often leads to dependency, which can be defined as the situation in which an individual begins to believe that they need regular doses of their prescription medication to maintain normal function and provide feelings of normalcy.

Signs of Rx Addiction

If you are in the beginning phases of addiction, a gradual dependency can be difficult to recognize or admit. If you suspect that you are at risk for becoming a candidate for dependency, it will be helpful to take a few things into consideration.

Do you have the consistent need to have your doctor increase the dosage of your prescription? If you are using prescription pain medications or any other type of substance in a way that requires you to use higher concentrations over time, this can be caused for concern and you should consult your doctor. Additional questions to consider might include the following:

  • Are you relying on multiple doctors for a consistent supply of one medication?
  • Do you feel as if you are losing the ability to function normally without frequent use of your prescription?
  • Are you running through your medications too quickly?

Resources for Rx Rehabilitation

If you answered yes to any of these questions or have questions of your own regarding addiction to any prescription medication, fell free to call us any time. The call is toll-free, and we are available 24 hours a day. Not only can we answer your questions, we can help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of addiction and help your find quality treatment centers. If you do make the decision to seek treatment, we may even be able to work with your insurer. Please call us today.

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