The abuse of prescription drugs tends to occur with certain groups of medications including:
- narcotic pain medications
An unfortunate effect of prescription drug use is the number of fatalities it causes. The number of unintentional deaths caused by prescription drugs rose by 55 percent from 1999 to 2004; abuse of anti-depressants led to an 84 percent increase in the number of unintentional deaths during the same period while the number of people getting into rehab programs increased by 300 percent from 1995-2005.
Narcotic Pain Medication
Over time, users build tolerance for the drugs, which drives them to take higher doses to achieve the same effect. These may lead to death from overdose or other serious health effects.
Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction
Multiple Doctor Appointments
Increased Alcohol Consumption
Prescription drug abuse can lead to abnormal irritability responses. This can be attributed to the frustration of finding the next fix.
How to Recover from Prescription Drug Addiction
- Determine whether or not an individual is abusing prescription medication. As with many other addicts, drug abusers will try to convince themselves that they do not have a problem.
- The key to determining whether or not a particular case constitutes abuse is by comparing prescribed amount and frequencies to the actual frequencies and dose an individual engages in on a regular basis. Essentially taking a higher dose than the one prescribed by a doctor constitutes abuse. In addition, obtaining and using a drug that is not prescribed is an abusive behaviour.
- Consider the consequences of the prescription drug abuse. Many people feel guilty when they take a higher dose than that prescribed by a doctor. They also spend a lot of time trying to obtain the right amounts of the prescription drug.
- The time spent feeling guilty and obtaining the drug is lost time. In addition, prescription drugs cost money and the more dependent a person is, the more is spent. However, the most significant effect is that prescription drug abuse can lead to serious health complications.
- Identify the benefits of starting a recovery program. Once recovered, an individual is set free from the guilt of prescription drug addiction. The energy and resources they used on obtaining the drugs can be expended on other useful activities. This leads to the development of positive feelings such as pride and true happiness.