Prescription drugs are designed to cure or alleviate the symptoms of various medical conditions. However, according to the National Institute of Health, approximately 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes. If you believe that you or someone you know may be addicted to a prescription drug, one option is to call our confidential help line at 1-888-319-2606Who Answers?. We have knowledgeable counselors on staff who can answer questions about prescription drug addiction recovery programs and assist you with finding a rehab center that specializes in medication abuse treatment.
About Prescription Drug Addiction
"Most people use medication the way it is intended to be used. For a variety of reasons, however, some use medications for nonmedical purposes."Most people use medication the way it is intended to be used. For a variety of reasons, however, some use medications for nonmedical purposes. A number of prescription medicines produce feelings of euphoria, pleasure or stimulation that users may want to continue to experience. The most commonly abused medications are depressants, opioids and stimulants.
Depressants (e.g., barbiturates, benzodiazepines) have a sedative effect on the body. They reduce feelings of anxiety and induce feelings of well-being. Opioids (e.g., codeine, methadone) are typically prescribed to relieve pain but can produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation and sedation as a side effect. Stimulants (e.g., amphetamines, methylphenidate) increase mental alertness and induce feelings of exhilaration and energy.
Abuse or misuse of these drugs can foster psychological addiction and physical dependence on them. Signs of prescription drug abuse vary depending on the type of medication misused. However, here are some general symptoms to watch for:
- Using medication for nonmedical reasons
- Taking increasingly higher doses or any doses higher than prescribed
- The need to consume more of the drug to get the same effect
- Uncontrolled drug use
- Mood swings
- Those abusing stimulants may appear unusually energetic or high, while those abusing depressants may appear sedated
- Stealing or forging prescriptions
- Continuing to use drugs despite the consequences
- Preoccupation with acquiring and consuming drugs
- Legal troubles stemming from drug use
- Neglecting home, work or school responsibilities
- Participating in risky activities while under the influence
- Attempting to get prescriptions from multiple doctors
- Changes in appetite or sleep habits
- Sudden fluctuations in weight; losing or gaining weight in a short amount of time
- Bloodshot eyes; dilated pupils
- Deterioration of grooming habits
- Impaired speech or coordination
Prescription drug abuse can lead to unwanted consequences, including serious health complications and broken relationships. If you are suffering from addiction to a medication, seek help and recovery program as soon as possible.
Medication Addiction Recovery Helplinesrehab and recovery facilities across the nation. To reach one of our counselors, call 1-888-319-2606Who Answers?.
Another option is to call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This government agency specializes in conducting research and providing information about a variety of substance abuse and mental health issues affecting Americans. SAMHSA has a great deal of information about substance abuse, along with a facility locator, on its website.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step program dedicated to helping drug addicts achieve a clean and sober lifestyle. Patterned after the Alcoholics Anonymous program, NA has meeting locations in every state and even overseas. Each member is encouraged to find a sponsor, and you can visit the organization's website to obtain the phone number for the NA chapter in your area.
Other help lines are also available, and a good way to find one is to ask friends and family members for recommendations. Doctors and mental health professionals will also usually have lists of numbers at their disposal. Deciding which help line is the right one to call depends on your personal preferences and goals. If you are looking for a rehab program, then a help line that offers comprehensive information about addiction recovery program or treatment facilities may be the best option.
It is possible to overcome an addiction to prescription drugs. Calling a prescription drug recovery help line is the first step in the right direction. If you are ready to take that step, call our confidential help line at 1-888-319-2606Who Answers? and let our representatives assist you with finding a great rehab program that can help you achieve lifelong sobriety.