Prescription drug abuse is when prescription drugs are used in a way that was not intended by the prescription doctor. This sort of abuse is problematic use of anything from taking a friend’s prescription painkiller for a back-ache, all the way to snorting or injecting ground up pills to get high.
Drug abuse may become ongoing and compulsive, despite the negative consequences.
With this increasing problem, prescription drug abuse can affect people of all ages, including teens. The perscription drugs most often abused includes opiod painkiller, anti anxiety meds, sedatives as well as stimulants.
The early identification of prescription abuse and intervention can prevent this issue from becoming a full-fledged addiction.
The signs and symptoms of this prescription drug abuse depends on the specific drug. in regards to the mind-altering properties, the commonly abused prescription drugs are.
Opioids, which are used to treat pain. The foe example can contain chemicals such s oxycodone. Oxycontin and perfect and any of these containing hydrocodone, such as Norco.
Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives, like alprazolam (Xanax) as well as diazepam (valium), and hyponotics, like zolpidem (Ambien) which is used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.
Stimulants, like Ritalin, concerts, Adderall, and Dexedrine can also be used to treat Attention Deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and some sleep disorders.
- Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions to others
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Excessive mood swings, or hostility
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Poor descision-making
- Appearing to be high, usually energetic, revved up or sedated
- Requesting early refills or continually losing prescription drug use.
You might feel embarrassed to talk about tit, but please remember that medical professionals are trained to help you, not to judge you. Its much easier to tackle the problem early before it becomes a large addiction, leading to serious health problems
If you think you have a problem with prescription drugs, you can contact your local GP who can tell you about your options that are avaliable to you.
You can also give us a call here at the recovery trust at any time.