There are a variety of prescription drugs that are used and abused by individuals. The side effects and symptoms of the drugs depend on the type of drugs that are being used. The three main types of prescription drugs that are abused are: opiates, sedatives, and stimulants.
Opiates are painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. These medications are very effective for managing pain following surgery or an accident. However, they have the same properties as heroin and are very addicting. These medications cause side effects such as depression, reduced respiration, confusion, and poor coordination.
Sedatives include medications like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan that are part of the Benzodiazepine class of drugs. These medications are used to treat sleep disorders and also anxiety disorders, and can cause drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, lack of coordination, and poor judgment in users. They can be addicting, and can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms when the user stops taking the pills. Anyone looking to get clean from a Benzodiazepine addiction should consult a professional first, to ensure detox is done safely.
The third class of prescription drugs includes stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall. These medications are typically used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), narcolepsy, and certain types of depression. These medications are addicting and cause weight loss, agitation, insomnia, impulsive behavior, and irregular heart beat. Abusers use this type of drug because it helps them stay awake and they believe it helps them focus.
Any time a prescription is taken without the consent of a doctor, or for purposes other than what they were designed, the activity is dangerous and illegal. Prescription drugs are often crushed and then snorted or injected, in order to deliver the medication to the brain as quickly as possible. Users experience a feeling of euphoria just like with street drugs, and they often exhibit drug-seeking behavior and experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using.
Treating Prescription Drug Addiction
Treatment for prescription drug addiction is similar to that of other types of drug abuse. The user must first detox from their substance, and then go through therapy and counseling to help them discover and treat the underlying causes of the drug abuse, and to help them develop skills for healthy living. My Recovery Helper is here to provide resources to families in need of prescription drug treatment. We can connect you or your loved one with the treatment facility that will help you achieve a complete recovery. To learn more, call 1.844.867.6835 today.
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- Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Excessive mood swings or hostility
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Poor decision making
- Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated
- Continually “losing” prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
- Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor
- , signs that your loved one might be abusing prescription medications include: