Abusing Prescription Medications is a Serious Matter

When used properly, prescription medications can help a person to get well. It can help them to reduce pain, to heal in less time, and to be comfortable. However, it is important to understand many of them can also cause an addiction due to the way the mind and body responds to them. Sadly, someone who was using them legally from their doctor’s approval can wind up on a downward spiral and all they think about is how to get more of the drugs.

The doctor had good intentions to help the patient. The patient only wanted to feel better but before they know it, the prescription has been used up. They may be able to get a refill but soon that will be gone too. A person can realize they like the way they feel when they take those drugs. Not only is the pain reduced or gone, they will feel better mentally. They will feel happier and they may have more energy.

When they no longer have the drug in their system, they do all they can to get more of it. This can include criminal activities, buying the items from the black market, and even doctor shopping to try to get more prescribed. It is very expensive to have an addiction to prescription medications, especially if you are buying them from the black market. As a result, the addict may start to use heroin because it is less expensive.

Prescription Medications Often Abused Due to Addiction

Opiates

  • Demerol
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone

A person may start to experience symptoms of withdrawal when they no longer have them in their system. These symptoms can include anxiety, chills, depression, diarrhea, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, pain in the joints or bones, restless legs, and sweating.

Benzodiazepines

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Pentobarbital (Nembutal)

The common withdrawal symptoms for “benzos? are listed below. In severe cases there is the potential for seizures or death if the person is not detoxed in a proper medical setting. We strongly urge all patients for benzodiazepines to go through our medical detox.

  • Anxiety
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Confusion
  • Death
  • Headaches
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Sweating

Stimulants

  • Adderall
  • Dexedrine
  • Ritalin

Stimulant withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Changes in heart beat
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Nightmares
  • Psychotic behaviors
  • Seizures

Prescription Drug Abuse Symptoms and Signs

Don’t ignore these common symptoms and signs that someone may be abusing prescription drugs. They need to seek professional help as soon as possible.

  • Changing doctors often
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Criminal behavior such as stealing
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating on tasks
  • Financial woes
  • Isolating themselves from others
  • Larger than normal pupils
  • Lying to cover up behaviors
  • Medications of others are missing
  • Mood swings
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss

Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction

There are quite a few prescription drugs out there that a person can become addicted to. These are people from all walks of life. They are professionals, stay at home parents, students, the elderly, anyone you can think of. The person needs to get into a rehab program where they can get the care they need to combat this problem. They need care to help them through the withdrawals and to assist them with finding ways to handle pain rather than using the drugs again.
The treatment plan will be custom tailored to your specific situation, including education, behavior changes, counseling both in a group setting, and an individual setting, and a support framework. It will include a custom plan of action to tackle the underlying issues that you are specifically facing. Those barriers have to be evaluated and removed to prevent the person from relapsing.