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Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse
If you are like most of our clients who are treated for prescription drug addiction, you probably began using your prescribed medication without any intention of becoming dependent on it. Over time however, the line between use and abuse has become unclear. Certain prescription drugs carry a greater potential for abuse, especially those that produce a “high” or other pleasant physical sensation, relieve pain, or lessen difficult emotions. If you are concerned that you (or a loved one) may have crossed the line from intended use into prescription drug abuse, we can help.
The fact that most prescription drugs can be obtained with relative ease, either legally or illicitly, can contribute to ongoing denial about the reality of an addiction. This fact can also make it more difficult for friends, family members and co-workers to recognize a problem has developed. After all, it was “prescribed by a doctor.”
Here are some signs that intended prescription drug use has developed into prescription drug abuse:
- Increase in frequency of dosage or amount of medication taken in a dose
- Anxiety when prescriptions are running low
- Online medication purchases, particularly from foreign pharmacies
- Stealing (or the urge to steal) prescription pads or medications
- Medications prescribed to another person or fictitious name
- Multiple prescriptions for the same medication from different doctors
- Secretive demeanor regarding prescriptions
- Prolonged prescription courses for transient or healed conditions
- Incurring debt, stealing or borrowing money to finance prescriptions
Admitting that you have a problem with prescription drug abuse is not easy for anyone. Most people who call us are filled with fear and shame. They want to be free of the addiction, but fear what life will be like without the medication. Many are concerned that their prescription drug abuse is a sign of weakness and are afraid of admitting the problem. Others want help but can’t envision taking an extended time away from their responsibilities at home and work.
Please know that we help people everyday who have these same concerns about seeking prescription drug abuse treatment. We understand what you’re going through and can help you find a solution to each of your concerns.