Recreational use of prescription medications is a growing problem among teens and young adults in the United States, and research shows that teens today are actually more likely to have abused a prescription drug than an illegal street drug. If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug addiction, don’t wait to get help. Contact iAddiction today at (877) 411-7376 to find the prescription drug rehab center that’s right for you.

Understanding Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription medications can be powerful and dangerous, and should only be taken under the direction of a trained healthcare professional. Sometimes, though, a person may abuse a prescription drug, by taking the drug without a prescription, taking it more frequently or at a higher dose than prescribed, or taking it in another manner than prescribed. For instance, most prescription drugs are dispensed orally in tablet form, but someone abusing such a drug may crush the tablets and snort or inject the powder to achieve a more potent high. Taking someone else’s prescription can also be extremely dangerous, even if it’s for the same condition it was prescribed to them. Different people can have different reactions to prescription medications, and a prescription drug that was okay for one person to take could have serious, or even fatal, side effects for another person.

Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

The classes of prescription drugs most commonly abused are opioid painkillers, like Vicodin and Oxycontin, stimulants used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), like Adderall and Ritalin, and central nervous system depressants used to treat anxiety disorders, like Xanax or Valium. The signs of prescription drug addiction can vary based on the type of drug abused, and may include the following:

  • Nausea, drowsiness, slowed breathing, euphoria, confusion, poor coordination (opioid painkillers)
  • Insomnia, reduced appetite, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, high body temperature, paranoia (stimulants)
  • Slurred speech, drowsiness, poor concentration, dizziness, slowed breathing, problems with memory (sedatives and anti-anxiety medications)

Other warning signs of prescription drug abuse in a loved one may include the person stealing or forging prescriptions, seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor, excessive mood swings or hostility, taking higher doses of a medication than prescribed, or continually “losing” prescriptions so that others must be written.

Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction

Whatever the cause of a person’s prescription drug abuse, addiction doesn’t have to be the end of the road. There are a number of treatment approaches that may benefit those struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs, and the earlier treatment is sought, the better their chances of recovery. The best course of treatment will depend largely on the individual’s personal recovery needs and may include detox, individual and group counseling, holistic or therapeutic programs and dual-diagnosis treatment. Prescription drug rehab can also benefit the addict’s loved ones, by repairing damaged relationships, encouraging the addict to acknowledge how his addiction has affected the people around him and helping friends and family members understand the importance of providing the addict with a strong support network in recovery.

Call iAddiction Today for Help

Many people believe, however incorrectly, that prescription drugs are safe because they are prescribed by a doctor, when in reality, taking a prescription drug for nonmedical reasons, to self-medicate or get high, can be just as dangerous and addictive as taking an illegal street drug, or even more so. Sadly, a large percentage of people who become addicted to prescription drugs like opioid painkillers eventually turn to illegal drugs like heroin when it becomes too difficult or expensive to obtain the prescription drug, which only increases their risk of drug overdose and death. For more information about prescription drug addiction, or to find a prescription drug rehab near you, call iAddiction today at (877) 411-7376.