Prescription drug abuse occurs when someone misuses medication in way that conflicts with a doctor’s orders or uses prescription medication that was not prescribed to them. The prescription drugs most abused include pain killers, anti-anxiety medications, and drugs used to treat ADHD and related disorders.
Opiates like Morphine, Codeine, Vicodin, OxyContin, and Fentanyl are among the most common associated with prescription drug abuse. Sedatives like barbiturates and benzodiazepines and stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are also popularly abused prescription drugs that require treatment at certified addiction treatment centers.
There are both physical and behavioral signs associated with prescription drug abuse. Physical signs depend on the types of medications being abused. For instance, symptoms of opiate abuse include confusion, depression, and decreased breathing rates. Signs of sedatives or anti-anxiety medication abuse include drowsiness, confusion, and dizziness. Someone addicted to stimulants may exhibit signs like insomnia, irritability, irregular heartbeat, and weight loss. Behavioral signs of prescription medication abuse include poor decision making, mood swings, and seeking several doctors to prescribe the medication.
Prescription drug abuse involves profoundly serious health risks. Overdose is a significant risk as is coma. In addition, having an addiction to strong prescription medications is associated with poor judgment and reckless behavior that often has negative and serious consequences.
Withdrawal is best managed by addiction professionals at a drug treatment center where patients can be monitored to protect their health. Patients can also receive treatments that lessen the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms. Other withdrawal symptoms from prescription drugs include tremors, headaches, nausea, fever, insomnia, and hallucinations.
Treatment is available for people suffering from addiction to prescription medications. In some cases, healthcare providers may prescribe treatment medication like Suboxone, Methadone, Naltrexone, Antabuse, Neurontin, Nyxil, Bupropion, and Chantix. Along with counseling and therapy, these treatment medications can help to ease or control cravings and lessen the intensity of some withdrawal symptoms.
If you or someone you love is suffering from prescription drug abuse and needs help stopping, the addiction specialists at Peekskill Drug Treatment Centers can help. Our certified medical staff and therapists treat every patient with the utmost care and compassion. Every treatment plan is tailored to fit the specific needs of the patient, and the best treatment methodologies are used to achieve the most successful outcome. Call us today at 914-293-2718 and begin your journey to new, healthier and sober lifestyle today.