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Prescription Drug Abuse – Do I Need Help?

By on Jun 3, 2015 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Prescription drug abuse has become a very pervasive problem in our society. The use of these drugs is more accepted than that of illicit street drugs and often thought to be safer, but prescription drugs are just as dangerous and deadly. The main reason for the prevalence of prescription drug abuse is availability. 

prescription pills in a spoon - prescription drug abuse - victory addiction recovery center - lafayette lousiana drug and alcohol detox, drug rehab and residential treatment facilityAmong the most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids (which are used to treat pain), central nervous system depressants (commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (used in the treatment of ADD, ADHD, and certain sleep disorders). While many people have good reasons for using prescription drugs, these drugs are often being sold and used by people who are not under the care of a medical doctor.

Alternately, someone who has been prescribed these drugs  regularly exceeds the intended dose and eventually develops an addiction. Quite often, a tolerance develops to these medications, so more and more is needed to achieve the desired effect.

How do I know if I’m showing signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

If you are worried you are abusing prescription drugs or may be addicted, consider the following symptoms associated with different types of prescription drugs.

Opioids:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Poor Coordination
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Decreased breathing rate
  • Sweating

Central Nervous System Depressants/Tranquilizers/Benzodiazepines:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Unsteadiness/ trouble walking
  • Poor judgement
  • Involuntary/ rapid eye movement
  • Dizziness

Stimulants:

  • Impulsive behavior
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Weight loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat

Other signs of prescription drug abuse include:

  • Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Excessive mood swings, agitation, or hostility
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Making poor decisions
  • Appearing to be high, unusually energetic, or sedated
  • “Losing” prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
  • Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor (doctor shopping)

I’m afraid I may have a prescription drug problem, so what do I do now?

It is imperative that you talk to someone, preferably a doctor who specializes in prescription drug abuse or addiction, so you will get sound advice. They can advise you on the next steps to take. Many people may feel embarrassed to talk to a doctor about their problem, but remember that doctors are trained to assist you. Many health complications can arise out of the abuse of prescription drugs. You may be referred to a drug detox program. Identifying prescription drug abuse as early as possible is critical. It’s easier to handle the problem early before it becomes an addiction and leads to more severe problems.

Please contact us anytime at (337) 456-9111 if you are concerned about your prescription drug abuse or use. We’re here to help.

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