When your doctor prescribes a medicine, he or she does so knowing that there are possible side effects, and that is why all prescription medications come with specific instructions. If you take a medication other than how it was prescribed by your doctor, this is abuse, which can lead to prescription addiction.
Some commonly prescribed medications that can become habit-forming are painkillers, stimulants, tranquilizers, and sedatives. Specifically, mind-altering opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone; anti-anxiety medications and sedatives such as alprazolam and diazepam; hypnotics prescribed to help people sleep such as zolpidem; stimulants such as methylphenidate; amphetamines such as Adderall; and even prescription cough syrup are all addictive prescription medications if they are abused.
Our Solutions offers treatment programs for a wide range of prescription medication addictions, including the ones listed above. Never try stopping prescription medications on your own—it can be life-threatening. Call us today to get started on the road to recovery.
Signs of Prescription Medication Addiction
There are definitive signs of drug addiction. Symptoms of dependence or withdrawal are red flags, as these are the two defining aspects of a substance use disorder. If you are questioning whether you might have a problem with prescription drugs, here are five questions you can ask yourself:
- Have you tried to stop taking prescription drugs but have symptoms of severe physical withdrawal?
- Are you taking higher doses of the drugs than you were prescribed?
- Do you take more drugs just to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms?
- Have you said you lost a prescription or “doctor shop” (use more than one prescribing physician) just to get more drugs?
- Do you continue to use drugs even though you realize they are harmful or they no longer work?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or recognize any of these signs of an addiction to prescription medications, you have come to the right place. Seeking help for drug addiction can be scary, but Our Solutions’ experienced, caring staff is here to help.
Effects of Prescription Medication Addiction
Prescription drug addiction can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Even though they are prescribed by a doctor, taking prescription drugs in an addictive way can be life-threatening and can have many long-term effects. There are different health risks and side effects depending on which type of prescription drug.
Side effects from painkillers include:
- Low blood pressure
- Decreased breathing rate
- Poor coordination
Side effects from sedatives and anti-anxiety medications include:
- Unsteady walking
- Poor judgment
- Rapid eyeball movement
Side effects from stimulants include:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Impulsive behavior
- Weight loss
When to Seek Treatment for Prescription Medication Addiction
If you think you or a family member is suffering from prescription medication addiction and is showing signs and effects of a substance use disorder, it is time to contact Our Solutions for a treatment consultation. All communications are confidential.