Prescription Drug Use and Addiction
There are three categories of prescription medication commonly prescribed. This includes painkillers, stimulants, and tranquilizers. Doctors and pharmacists emphasize the importance of taking these medications exactly as prescribed. These medications can be addictive when misused. We are in a nation-wide opioid addiction epidemic that continues to grow.
The misuse of opioids has led to an opioid epidemic resulting in a national health crisis. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers, which are available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Opioid-related overdoses and deaths are occurring at an alarming rate as more people use them for recreational purposes and are becoming addicted.
Opioids that are sold online usually come from an illegal source, and there is no way to tell what fillers are used in the drug. For example, some contain household chemicals, artificial fillers, other more-potent drugs, such as fentanyl, or other substances. The medication can also be contaminated or counterfeit.
Prescription stimulants are medicines generally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, which produces uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep. They increase alertness, attention, and energy. Stimulants are used to treat ADHD and are obtained by people without a prescription to lose weight, stay hyper-focused, or avoid sleep for long periods.
Prescription stimulant misuse can lead to a substance use disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases, even when used as prescribed by a doctor. (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH). Stimulant drugs release slowly and last for a long time. Pleasurable feelings produced by stimulants make it hard to stop using them.
Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a class of medication that act as a tranquilizer and are used to treat anxiety, stress, and disruptive sleep patterns. The most commonly abused tranquilizers include Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. Many people who misuse these medications obtain them from family or friends. Never share prescription medication with anyone. Not only is it illegal, but sharing prescription medication can lead to serious health complications, especially if that person is taking other medication. The person you share with may be struggling with a substance use disorder or addiction. Supplying medication will only fuel their addiction.
Treatment for addiction
If you or your loved one suffers from a prescription drug addiction and mental health disorder, get help now. Both conditions must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best results in recovery. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Recovery is a lifelong process and there will be challenges throughout your recovery. Take the first step toward freeing yourself from the chains of addiction and get help today.
Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.