Prescription drug addiction is fueling a national opioid abuse and overdose epidemic. Many prescription drug users think these drugs are safe. But prescription drugs require a prescription and a doctor’s oversight precisely because of their capacity to be dangerous. When people take these drugs for too long, or at doses above those recommended by a doctor, addiction becomes almost inevitable. Prescription drug abuse is a serious disease, but also a treatable one. Here’s what you need to know.
Prescription drug abuse kills, and prescription drugs now claim more lives than most other drugs. Since 1998, prescription opioids have killed nearly 200,000 people, and most studies suggest the epidemic is getting worse, not better.
So what’s driving this epidemic? More than one factor is to blame. Some reasons include:
Many prescription drug users mistakenly believe that prescription drugs aren’t addictive. But any drug that alters the way your brain and body behave can become addictive. Prescription drugs may even be more addictive than other drugs because users mistakenly believe they are safe. This can encourage them to keep using or cause them to miss the early signs of addiction.
It doesn’t matter who prescribed the drug or why you use it. What matters is how it affects your brain and body. The hallmark of prescription drug abuse is a dependency. Once your body becomes convinced that you need a drug to be or feel normal, you’re an addict—no matter what the drug is.
If you feel like you need prescription drugs to be normal, you’re an addict. Signs of withdrawal, such as dizziness, shaking, vomiting, or depression when you quit using, also suggest an addiction. Some other signs that you may be an addict include:
Prescription drugs are just as dangerous as illegal drugs. Even if you take the correct dosage, you can overdose. These drugs may interact with other drugs, exacerbate medical conditions, and harm your liver. Prescription drug addiction can also wreak havoc with your life. Some of the many consequences of prescription drug abuse include:
The good news is that addiction is treatable. It’s a disease, not a choice. That means the right treatment program can help you get better. But delaying treatment will only make things worse. The longer you use prescription drugs, the more dependent on those drugs your body becomes. You deserve better. You deserve real treatment.
Prescription drug addiction slowly changes your brain. These brain changes make it very difficult to quit using drugs, and trigger painful withdrawal in users who attempt to quit. For decades, addicts have had to suffer as they give up prescription drugs. Our revolutionary NAD/Brain Restoration+ program changes all of that.
NAD is a coenzyme vital for reactions in each one of the body’s cells. Without it, your cells can function healthily, and neither can your body. It also plays a role in neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that help the neurons send and receive signals. When neurotransmitters don’t function correctly, the brain can’t either. The results can include depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.
Research has shown that NAD levels tend to be low in addicts. This could be because low NAD predisposes people to addiction, because addiction depletes NAD, or both. Whatever the cause, our intravenous (IV) drips of NAD treat addiction at its source. We restore your brain to optimal health, making the journey to sobriety and health easier. When paired with our revolutionary addiction treatment programs, NAD/BR+ gives you the best possible chance of lasting sobriety. As the only West Palm Beach treatment facility offering NAD/BR+, we are confident we can help get you on the road to sobriety.
Don’t let the disease of addiction rob you of one more good day. Call us today, and let us show you a path to greater joy and health.