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Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment

Posted on: January 15th, 2022 by

Many people will roll their eyes when they hear the phrase “prescription drug abuse.” Prescription drugs are meant to be used for a reason, and thus while it is still possible to abuse them and become addicted, they should not be taken lightly. Abuse includes taking prescription medications in ways other than advised by a doctor or using them with other substances such as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.

What are Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug abuse is a dangerous and potentially deadly practice. There are many people who abuse prescription drugs by taking them without a prescription or in greater doses than prescribed, which can lead to addiction and overdoses. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids (pain killers), benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety drugs) and amphetamines (stimulants). 

What are the signs of prescription drug abuse?

There are many ways that people abuse prescription drugs. While these medications can be extremely dangerous if they are not used as directed, they can be just as harmful when taken incorrectly. A person may not realize that they’re abusing their prescription drugs if they don’t think of themselves as an “addict”. However, there are plenty of warning signs to determine whether or not this may be the case. A person may appear to abuse prescription drugs if they:

  1. Take more of the medication than prescribed.
  2. Take the medication for longer periods than prescribed.
  3. Take the medication in ways other than how they were prescribed.
  4. Use the medication with other substances.
  5. Do not follow the doctor’s orders or directions.
  6. Take several different drugs.
  7. Take more than one medication at the same time.
  8. Have a relapse or tolerance for addictive medications.

Where to go for prescription drug addiction treatment?

Drugs are drugs, regardless of the form or what they are prescribed for. Prescription drug addiction is one of the worst forms because it is so easy to get prescriptions and acquire pills. The person who abuses prescription medication doesn’t know how much they should take or when to stop taking them, leading to an opioid overdose or other dangerous side effects. Prescription drug addiction treatment can be extremely difficult, but it is not impossible. If a person is thinking about taking a prescription drug and needs help, they can reach out to a prescription drug rehab center like Pacific Ridge. These centers offer a customized program that will help the person who has a prescription drug addiction.

Prescription drugs can be very helpful in managing pain and other chronic illness. However, they may also be highly addictive and dangerous, leading to dependency and addiction. It’s important for patients to be responsible about the use of their medication, making sure they don’t take more than prescribed or share their medication with other people. If you know or suspect someone is abusing prescription drugs please give us a call at Pacific Ridge and we can guide you through the next crucial steps.

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