Taking drugs not prescribed to you or unnecessarily abusing your prescription in a way that was not recommended by a medical professional is prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse is one of the most common forms of substance abuse. Drug addiction in general is a dangerous disease, but the recent rise in popularity of recreational prescription drug abuse is a cause for major concern. The ease of access to the substances, when combined with their highly addictive nature leads many people to develop the dangerous habit. The initial euphoric effects associated with certain prescription medications cause addicts to completely disregard the eminent negative consequences that come with abusive behaviors. In many cases, a person will have a prescription for the medication, yet they are unable to wean themselves off the drugs when their pain has subsided. Therefore they manipulate medical professionals into refilling their medication or see multiple doctors in order to get their fix. Prescription drug abuse can be exceptionally dangerous because addicts believe that the legality of possession makes them a safe alternative to street drugs. In reality, this form of addiction escalates faster than most and without early identification, taking pills to get high leads to injecting or snorting the substance simply to avoid withdrawal. Once these habits get out of control, even the strongest-willed people cannot overcome them without professional medical assistance.
Most commonly abused prescription medications
Pain Relievers- This class of drugs contains opioids such as hydrocodone, Vicodin, morphine, Oxycodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl. They work by attaching to receptors in the brain and mimicking natural pain-relieving substances. These drugs block the perception of pain, but at the same time can cause nausea, constipation, drowsiness, and slow breathing. The euphoric effects initially produced by opiates become more difficult to obtain once you’ve built a dangerous tolerance.
Tranquilizers and sedatives- These are central nervous system depressants such as Valium and Xanax. They are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and panic attacks. This class of drugs slows down normal brain function to produce drowsiness and calming effects. Withdrawal symptoms are dangerous, and in some cases can lead to seizures.
Stimulants- These medications are usually prescribed for conditions such as ADD, depression, and narcolepsy. Commonly used ones are Adderall, Dexedrine and Ritalin. These stimulants enhance chemicals in the brain such as norepinephrine and dopamine. These extremely addictive medications can also cause seizures, irregular heartbeat and a high body temperature.
Any type of drug or alcohol addiction is a chronic and often relapsing brain disease, but it can be treated at an accredited rehabilitation facility. There are millions of people in long-term recovery. Seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. At Oklahoma City Drug Treatment Centers we understand that every patient has unique needs when it comes to achieving and maintaining sobriety. Our skilled medical professionals are trained to help addicts become involved in a program that will benefit them the greatest. Several components such as detoxification, counseling and group oriented support aid in this path to recovery, and we will be fully involved every step of the way.
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