Fastest Growing Addiction In America.
Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
Prescription drug addiction can begin quite innocently, as when a person is given prescription drugs like pain killers to treat a medical condition. Lortab, Oxycontin, Vicodin and Hydrocodone are commonly prescribed by medical doctors to alleviate pain and anxiety due to pain.
These drugs are highly addictive and doctors who prescribe them, rarely provide any information that explains this fact, people are becoming addicted at an alarming rate. Many individuals who have had a minor surgery, experience arthritis, been injured on the job, or in a car accident were prescribed some version of pain killers to alleviate the symptoms and now are unable to stop taking the pills.
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Simply put – people who do not follow the labeling and take the prescription drugs in a manner or dosage other than prescribed can become addicted and hopelessly so. Overall, an estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs, representing nearly 20% of the U.S. population.
Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription pain relievers include the Opioid class of drugs, such as hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin), Oxycodone (i.e., Oxycontin), Morphine, Fentanyl and Codeine. Opioids work by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, attaching to receptors in the brain to block the perception of pain.
It can produce drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and slow breathing. Opioids also can induce euphoria by affecting the brain regions that mediate what we perceive as pleasure.
Tranquilizers and sedatives are central nervous system depressants, such as Xanax, Valium, and Librium, which are often prescribed to treat anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders.
Central nervous system depressants, known as Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines, slow normal brain function to produce a drowsy or calming effect. Stimulant medication for ADHD can also be abused.
Recognizing prescription drug abuse, symptoms include:
- Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Excessive mood swings
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Poor decision-making
- Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated
- Continually “losing” prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
- Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor
Getting Help For A Prescription Drug Addiction
The best way to help a person struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs is to get them into treatment. A long-term prescription drug treatment program is often needed to put the addict on the path to full recovery.
Because prescription drugs are so highly addictive, the human body now needs these drugs in order to feel balanced in the day.
At Direct2Recovery, we are here to provide our patients whom are addicted to prescription drugs a safe and easy transition to medication assisted treatment (Buprenorphine, Naltrexone,(Suboxone)) as a first level of care.
Once our patients start treatment we provide and maintain the proper level of care for them based on the detailed assessments given by our medical doctor. We also encourage the importance, and recommend each patient start addiction counseling with a licensed addiction counselor as soon as possible.