Prescription Drug Addiction

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 manageable one. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why Are Prescription Drugs Addictive?

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.

Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

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:

The Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse

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:

  • Recreational use of prescription drugs. For instance, college students sometimes use stimulants as performance enhancers.
  • Over-reliance on prescription drugs. Doctors are prescribing more prescription drugs than their patients need and doing little to monitor their patients’ use of these drugs.
  • Prolonged use of prescription drugs. When patients use prescription drugs for long periods, they are more likely to become addicted to those drugs.
  • Unmanaged or untreated illnesses. Unmanaged chronic pain is a significant risk factor for prescription drug abuse. People with a history of depression, anxiety, or other addictions are also more vulnerable to prescription drug abuse.

How Prescription Drug Addiction Affects Your Health and Life

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:

  • New or worsening mental health symptoms.
  • Relationship problems, including divorce, breakups, and fights with your kids.
  • Problems at work, including the loss of your job.
  • Financial problems.
  • Legal problems such as being arrested for driving under the influence.
  • Difficulty concentrating at work or at school.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms.

The good news is that addiction is manageable. It’s a disease, not a choice. That means the right treatment program can help you. 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.

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We understand the importance of accessibility and affordability, which is why we have partnered with several insurance companies to better service you. We accept most major insurance providers and private health insurance. Our team is available 24/7 to assist you in navigating your insurance coverage. If you don’t have insurance, we are here to help you understand the options available for you or a loved one.

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