Do you want to stop your prescription drug abuse and change your life for the better? It might feel hard to do when you still feel the need to take an extra pill to maintain a “normal” feeling. Maybe you don’t feel confident you can ease your pain without it but you can with help from the right treatment center. There’s no better time than now to prevent yourself from traveling down a dangerous and life-threatening path. In today’s world, it seems there’s a pill for everything and it can seem like most of your problems can be solved by using some kind of drug. But abuse of stimulants, opiates, and sedatives has negative effects upon your personal relationships, employment, and finances, not to mention possible legal issues, and psychological problems.
So how do you know if the pills are doing more harm than good? The answer is not always clear when more than likely you got the medication from your doctor. What we do know is that addiction alters your brain chemistry, and unless you get help, you will continue to seek drugs, even when you know they are causing you and your loved one’s severe harm.
Prescription Drug Addiction and Abuse
You might be addicted to prescription drugs if you are misusing or abusing a medication without prescription, or in a way other than prescribed. It could be a painkiller, a tranquilizer, or a stimulant. It is complicated because your medication was prescribed to treat a specific illness or condition, but it is dangerous when you take them just to get high. Maybe you inherited genes that make you more likely to become addicted. Do you have family members with drug abuse and addiction problems? Have you experienced childhood trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, losing a parent, or violence?
Mental illness increases your odds of abusing prescription drugs also. The availability of these drugs has made it easier to become addicted to them, they are not illegal, there are fewer side effects, and there is less shame attached to using them. The most common misconception about prescription drugs is that they are safer to use than street drugs, but they are not. In fact, they have the or more serious side effects than street drugs if used improperly.
Prescription Drug Abuse Signs and Symptoms
How do you know if you are addicted to prescription drugs? If your doctor is prescribing your medication, it may be difficult to tell if you are addicted. If you have not already noticed changes in your behavior, consider the effects abuse of pills can have on you.
Short-term and Long-term effects of prescription drugs
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Excessive mood swings or hostility
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Poor decision-making
- Stealing, forging, or selling prescriptions
- Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or sedated
- Continually “losing” prescriptions so that more can be filled
- Consumption of similar over-the-counter drugs
These are all warning signs that you can experience from abusing prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, and Ritalin.
Overdose symptoms of prescription drugs
An overdose occurs when a toxic amount of a drug or medicine is taken, but the signs and symptoms depend upon a variety of factors including what drug is taken, the amount taken, and your state of health at the time. You might experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, confusion, difficulty breathing, internal bleeding, hallucination, turning blue, and coma. It’s important to know that an overdose is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
Prescription Drug Withdrawal and Detox
We understand how hard the withdrawal and detox process might be, but with help from a certified counselor your experience might be better than you are expecting. Detox is necessary for you to do well with any other type of treatment or therapy. You have the potential to become ill. That is because your body is physically dependent on prescription drugs. Medications might be provided to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, nausea, pain, sleep problems, anxiety, and cravings.
There are dangers associated with detoxing from drugs, but we will help place you in a proper facility where your health can be monitored in a safe and comfortable environment. It might be a hospital, a clinic, or a private bedroom. The trained medical staff will ensure that a person undergoing detox does not suffer unnecessarily, and also make sure that the basics are covered. This includes hydration, and regular blood pressure and heart rate checks. Are you wondering how long this process might take? This depends upon your level of addiction and the drug being abused. It can be anywhere from 14 to 30 days. It’s important to remember that not everyone responds to drugs in the same way, just as not everyone goes through detox in the same way.
At Elite Rehab Placement we will work to find the best rehab for beating your addiction. If one of our centers is not a good fit, we will direct you to resources that help you find a center that is.
Coming to terms with your prescription drug addiction
Do you want to be free from your prescription drug abuse problem? You didn’t intend to become addicted, so we understand it might be embarrassing to acknowledge that you are. Once you admit this to yourself, you can take the next step toward recovery by changing your habits. Drug addiction is now a medically recognized and treatable brain disease. You don’t have to fear being judged any longer. No more isolation, no more denial, and no more secrecy.
Helping a friend or family member address their prescription drug addiction
If you are wondering how you can help someone who is abusing prescription drugs, we can help. For those of you looking to help a loved one, it’s important to know that you can’t wait on them reach out for help. In fact, waiting for them to approach you about abusing pills is extremely risky. There has been such a rapid growth in prescription drug abuse that the U.S. has actually declared it an epidemic. Just take 2013 into account. Nearly two million Americans, just like you or your loved one, abused prescription drugs, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
So the longer you wait, the more serious the problem becomes. You might be scared or feel uncomfortable talking with them, but do your best to have a discussion about their problem. Here are a few tips to help with that process:
- Don’t bring up the subject when they are under the influence. It might be difficult for them to understand logic, and they could be impatient, dismissive, or angry
- Establish a time to talk alone and uninterrupted
- Tell them you care for them and your concern for their well-being led you to have this conversation
- Don’t expect a dramatic shift in thinking or behavior right away; this might be the first time your loved one has thought about their problem
- If your loved one tells you that they don’t have a problem, ask to talk with them later. You are not trying to convince them; your goal is simply to let them know that you believe there is a problem based upon the behaviors you’ve seen
- Create a two-way conversation so they don’t feel lectured or accused
- Keep in mind that there is no quick fix. Prepare yourself for the long haul
In some cases, a conversation might not be enough. In these situations, we are here to assist you or your loved one. We provide the resources needed to stop prescription drug abuse in an environment where people understand the problem and how to heal from it.