As pharmaceuticals such as opiates and benzodiazepines have become a standard in medical care, prescription drug abuse is increasingly common in the United States. Prescription drugs have an extremely high potential for addiction and are abused by people with legitimate medical concerns, as well as addicts who purchase the drugs on the street. As such, prescription drug abuse treatment has become more common.
Prescription drug abuse occurs when a person uses a medication for any purpose other than its intended purpose. Prescription drug abuse includes taking medication in any way other than it is meant to be taken, as prescribed by a doctor, or taking medication that is intended for someone else to get high. Even when a person has a legitimate medical issue, he or she can become addicted over time.
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When a person abuses or is addicted to pharmaceutical medications, certain behaviors that indicate addiction include behaviors such as seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor, mood swings, stealing medications from others, taking more medication than is prescribed, or continuously running out or “losing” medication in-between refills.
While some of these behaviors may occur from time to time during the normal course of treatment, a repeated pattern or multiple behaviors signals a problem. Symptoms of addiction to medications can vary widely depending on what type of medication is being abused. Some signs of addiction include depression, a high tolerance to the drug that has developed over time, experiencing “flu-like” symptoms within 24 hours of not taking the drug, weight loss, excessive drowsiness or activity, and insomnia.
Some commonly abused prescription drugs include:
Risks of Prescription Drug Addiction
Addiction to pharmaceuticals can happen very quickly with repeated or long-term use. Prescription medications, such as opiates or benzodiazepines, are incredibly addictive because they actually change the way a person’s brain works. The drug causes a difference in how pain or anxiety is experienced, as well as how and when chemicals like dopamine are released. After a period of time, without the drug, the addict cannot feel pleasure, as these chemicals are no longer released without the drug.
Health-risks from prescription drug use include accidental overdose and death, increased or weak heart rate, irreversible organ damage to the kidneys and liver, paranoia, depression, seizures and brain damage.
Of course, after repeated use severe withdrawal symptoms occur. Withdrawal can be more than uncomfortable, it can be deadly if attempted without proper medical supervision. Stimulants can cause extreme weight loss, dehydration and chronic insomnia.
Treatment is more effective the sooner that a person seeks it. If you or a loved one are struggling with or addicted to pharmaceutical medications, get help today. Call Drug Treatment Centers Columbus IN at (812) 669-0527.
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