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.
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 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:
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 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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