Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in excess or not as intended by the prescribing doctor. It can range from taking someone else’s prescription to cure a pain you have to injecting or snorting crushed up pills to get high. Prescription drugs are very strong and readily accessible, which have made them a highly abused drug. It’s simple to distribute prescription drugs.
There are a few types of prescriptions that people abuse: opioids (OxyContin, Roxicodone, Vicodin), anti-anxiety medications/sedatives/hypnotics (Xanax, Valium, Ambien), and stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin).
|Opioid Painkiller Addiction Symptoms||Sedatives/Anti-Anxiety Medication Addiction Symptoms||Stimulant Addiction Symptoms|
|• Drowsiness/confusion||• Slurred speech/poor concentration||• Reduced appetite|
|• Poor coordination||• Unsteady walking||• Agitation|
|• Increased pain with higher doses||• Memory problems||• Irregular heartbeat|
While withdrawal from most prescription drugs isn’t extremely dangerous, it can produce uncomfortable and severe symptoms. Some sedatives and anti-anxiety medications can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nervous system hyperactivity and seizures. Always make sure to talk to your doctor to make sure that the medication you’re taking is the right one and you’re taking the right dosage.
We here at CASA Recovery can help you or your loved one through prescription drug detox and into rehabilitation. Our comprehensive program creates an individualized program that fits what you need for your specific addiction. Contact us today for more information from our staff here in San Juan Capistrano.