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PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION

An Ongoing Addiction Crisis

Prescription drug addiction is one of the most pervasive and deadly addiction threats in the United States. Although federal crackdowns and community efforts have diminished their overall impact, prescription drugs like opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines are still responsible for thousands of death each year. Even in the wake of national reform, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 52 million Americans have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in their lifetime. Approximately 16 million have reported improper use of prescriptions in the past year and nearly seven million report improper use in the past month. Many heroin addicts start off abusing prescription opioids.


A Multi-Generational Epidemic

Addiction to prescription drugs is a problem affecting all age groups, from curious teenagers to legitimately ill senior citizens. In 2013, generic hydrocodone was the most prescribed drug under Medicare. That same year, 7.1 percent of high school seniors admitted to past-month use of opioid painkillers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that prescription addiction is most prevalent among young adults ages 18 to 25, affecting approximately 13 percent of Americans in that age group. These pills are valuable clinical tools in treating serious conditions like anxiety disorder and chronic cancer-related pain; however, they are also incredibly addictive. Until very recently, prescription drugs led to more overdoses than cocaine and heroin combined.

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

The most commonly abused prescriptions include prescription opioid painkillers, benzodiazepines and stimulants. Users may start off taking these drugs for “innocent” reasons, including pain and anxiety relief and as study-aids. Unfortunately, even users who take these drugs as prescribed can wind up dependent on them. Some of the more commonly abuse brand-name prescriptions include:

Opioid Painkillers:

OxyContin
Vicodin
Percocet
Actiq
Duragesic

Benzodiazepines:

Xanax
Klonopin
Valium
Ativan
Halcion

Stimulants:

Adderall
Ritalin
Concerta
Focalin
Methylin


Opioid painkillers continue to be the most commonly abused class of prescription drugs.

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Dangers of Prescription
Drug Addiction

The exact dangers of prescription addiction vary depending upon the scope and history of abuse. Dependence on these drugs can cause significant, and even permanent, physical and psychological damage.

Overdose deaths from prescription opioids rose 10 percent from 2013 to 2014. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there were over 25,000 prescription drug-related deaths last year, an all-time high according to industry experts.

Serious effects of prescription drug addiction include:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Organ Failure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Severe Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Hyperalgesia (Extreme Sensitivity to Pain)
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoid Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Cardiac Arrest

Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction 

Identifying prescription drug addiction in a loved one may be more difficult given the legal nature of these drugs. Users can often hide behind the fact that they have a prescription. By the time their loved ones realize that pills are being used improperly, it may be too late. There are, however, some tell-tale physical and behavioral signs to look for if you believe that someone you care about is abusing prescription drugs, including:

  • Sudden and Erratic Changes in Mood
  • Extreme Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Watching the Clock in Anticipation of the Next Dose
  • Extreme Changes in Weight
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Changes in Sleeping Patterns
  • Decline in Academic or Professional Life

Prescription abusers will often tend to blur the lines between abuse and legitimate use. It’s important for friends and loved ones to keep a vigilant eye and make that pills are taken in accordance with their doctor’s orders.

Treating Prescription Drug Addiction: The Recovery Unplugged Difference

No matter how or why you started abusing prescriptions, these pills don’t have to rule your life or determine your future. We are ready to help you or your loved one overcome prescription drug addiction. We offer customized inpatient and outpatient treatment programs that help our patients heal on both the physical and psychological levels while they regain their confidence and emotional strength.

Our full continuum of care and world-class treatment professionals are committed to guiding our clients toward lasting mental health.

Call us today at (855) 384-5794 to start your recovery journey. You don’t have to let addiction win.