The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines prescription drug abuse as using a prescribed medication in a manner other than in the way in which it was originally prescribed. Prescription drug abuse also includes using prescribed drugs without a prescription from a medical professional, or using prescribed drugs solely for the experience the medication provides. Prescription drug recovery centers exist to help those who may be addicted to a prescription medication. Since many prescribed medications have properties of being addictive, whether behaviorally or physiologically, people often become accidentally addicted prescribed medications. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 20 percent of the US population has used a prescription drug for a recreational purpose or for a purpose outside of the original intent of the prescription. If you or someone you know is abusing prescription drugs, please call our prescription drug helpline.
Prescription Drug Abuse Causes
As mentioned earlier, many people use prescription drugs only as their physician prescribed them. However, statistics indicate that prescription drug abuse is a very real problem. For many of those who become addicted to a prescribed medication, the root cause typically lies in the fact that the prescription was not being used as prescribed. Using prescription drugs outside of their intended purpose includes taking more than the prescribed dosage, selling your medication and taking the prescription recreationally to achieve an unintended effect. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most commonly abused prescription drugs include pain killers, sleeping pills and stimulants. Some examples of commonly abused prescription medications include methamphetamines, opiates, Suboxone and Methadone.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse isn’t always easy to pick up on. Since medication is often prescribed regularly, it’s not always easy to pick up on prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse varies greatly between people and types of prescriptions. As a result, it is difficult to determine if a dependency is being formed. It is also difficult to recognize if someone is using a medication for too long considering the fact that prescription durations greatly vary depending on the circumstances. When someone develops a prescription drug addiction, they may attempt to seek out the substance long after their prescription has ran out. In addition to seeking out this medication, an individual who has developed an addiction to a prescription medication may also experience withdrawal symptoms if they are unable to find the medication. Such prescription drug withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea or vomiting
If a loved one or you yourself are experiencing some of the above withdrawal symptoms, you can take immediate action by calling our prescription drug helpline phone number. If you aren’t sure if someone is abusing prescription medication, you may want to look for additional symptoms. The National Institute of Health reports that you may notice the following symptoms and signs from someone abusing prescriptions:
- Frequently changing healthcare providers without a logical explanation
- Mood swings
- Increased dosage of a medication
- Forged prescriptions or stolen prescription pads
- Frequently changing pharmacies without a logical explanation
There is a deadly misconception that prescription medication abuse is less dangerous than illicit substance abuse, but this is far from the truth. Prescription drugs often are very potent and can have devastating reactions when mixed with other medications or with alcohol. If you believe that you or a loved one may be abusing prescription drugs, you can take action today by calling our prescription drug hotline phone number. Our number is toll free and your call is confidential.
Find prescription drug rehab
Life doesn’t end when you are faced with a prescription drug abuse problem. Prescription drug treatment centers are available to offer recovery, support and treatment so that you can return to your healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, the hardest part is admitting that there is a problem. Once you are able to come to terms with prescription drug abuse, it is important to start researching drug abuse rehabs. Not only can these rehab centers provide you with the help you need to deal with prescription drug abuse side effects, but they will also guide you though the recovery process and equip you with all of the tools that you need to resume life without the temptation of abusing a prescription. If you decide to take that first step by calling our prescription drug hotline phone number, we can assist you in finding treatment.
When choosing a prescription drug rehabilitation program, it is important to keep in mind that the quality of the program is more important than the duration of the program. The tricky situation about prescription drug abuse is that the underlying ailment still exists to some degree. Not only are patients battling their ailments, but they are now battling an addiction to a substance that was supposed to alleviate or cure the ailment. When researching rehab facilities for prescription drug abuse, it is important to ensure that a licensed medical doctor is on staff to ensure that you are healing from both addiction and your ailment. It may be possible for a non-addictive substitute medication to be prescribed to allows you to battle both issues at once.
The detoxification process is important, but it is only one part of the recovery process. When you are trying to find the most appropriate prescription drug rehabilitation facility for yourself or your loved one, it is important to focus on finding a facility that will also provide intense psychological therapy. Both group- and one-on-one therapy sessions can prove to be beneficial in terms of helping you understand your addiction. Therapy can also help you to resist outside temptations when you leave the drug treatment center. When comparing facilities, find out as much as you can about the staff at each facility you consider. For instance, find out if the facilities are staffed by certified medical professionals with experience in treating individuals with prescription drug addictions.
You do not have to experience recovery on your own. A prescription drug rehab center or support group can arm you with the tools you need to recover. The first step is to call our prescription drug addiction hotline by picking up your phone and dialing now.
Call our prescription drug helpline
After completion of an inpatient or outpatient program, you will head home to return to your everyday life. It’s important to stay focused on your recovery and to maintain a clean and healthy lifestyle, free of prescription drug abuse. Luckily, you won’t have to handle this journey alone. Many rehab facilities provide support groups outside of their recovery programs that will assist you in your transition. When conducting initial research for rehab centers, check to see if the facilities you are leaning toward offer this additional benefit.
It is possible to return to the life you had before you were battling prescription drug abuse. Support groups, prescription drug hotlines and rehab facilities can all provide you with the guidance and tools that you need to complete the recovery process. You can start your journey today by calling our prescription drug abuse helpline now!