From Prescription Drug Misuse to Addiction
A 2008 article by the National Institutes of Health (“Introduction to Drug Misuse”), defined drug misuse as “the use of a substance for a purpose not consistent with legal or medical guidelines.” When someone misuses a prescription drug, their body can develop a dependence on the drug that eventually (or quickly) becomes addiction.
According to The American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.”
People who have become addicted to pain medication will often manifest genuine afflictions, such as back pain, to justify the need for the medication.
As misuse continues and dependence grows, it becomes increasingly difficult for the person to distinguish truth from falsehood. The person will lie to themselves and others to fulfill their cravings for the medication.
Almost every medicine cabinet in the United States contains some form of medication, many of which can be misused and lead to addiction. In other words, while addiction to pain medication is risk for someone who has been prescribed it, it is also a risk for those who start taking it without a prescription.
There are many reasons why there are such strict guidelines on prescription medication, and it is extremely important to follow the prescription and to consult with your doctor if you feel that you may be developing dependence. Fortunately, treatment programs and facilities are designed to combat this growing battle with opioid addiction. Please know there is help available if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please contact us at (337) 456-9111 anytime.
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