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Many prescriptions are addictive if not taken in the way prescribed. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions. The likelihood is high that you know someone who has engaged in prescription drug abuse at some point.
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Taking a prescription medication for a reason other than what was intended by a medical professional is classified as prescription drug abuse. Regardless of whether you have a prescription or not, misusing these drugs is prescription drug abuse. You may access the medication in a variety of ways:
Many medications may become addictive if you take more than your doctor prescribes. They typically fall into three categories: painkillers, sedatives and stimulants.
Anyone can abuse prescription medications. However, they generally come from a few backgrounds. There is the person who began taking the medication for a specific condition. The pain or condition didn’t respond or stopped responding to the drug, so the person increased it without the doctor’s knowledge. Over time, more of the drug was needed and an addiction formed.
In other cases, someone without a prescription was given the drug. Perhaps it was to self-medicate without seeing a doctor or maybe it was to experience the high. Either way, over time, the person became addicted to the drug.
A person may also try prescription medications after getting treatment for illegal drug use. He or she may not want to relapse so they choose to abuse the prescription medications because it seems safer than their initial substance of abuse.
Abusing prescription drugs is extremely dangerous and harmful to an addicts mental and physical health. People wrongly assume that these drugs are safer than illicit street drugs because of their “legal” nature. The most obvious danger of abusing any medication, even if it is prescribed, is addiction. When you stop taking the medication, you may suffer withdrawal symptoms. These include:
This form of abuse and addiction has been known to have fatal effects. Because of the misconception that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, people often drive or do other activities while taking the medication. This increases the risk of injury to oneself or someone else.
In addition to this, like many other addictions, prescription drug abuse can cause an addict to lose interest in things they once found important. Their work, school, and/or family life often suffer and they fall into a cycle of abuse that has serious consequences. It can be difficult to put an end to this dangerous pattern once the user has pushed their loved ones away.
Abusing prescription drugs can be just as serious as the abuse of illicit substances. The effects are just as devastating. Thankfully, drug and alcohol treatment is possible with both inpatient and outpatient options. Our drug addiction rehab center can guide you or your loved one back on the road to recovery. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.