People of all ages are feeling the effects of prescription drug addiction around the country. Since the early 2000s, prescription drug abuse has been on the rise, and thousands of people are dying from fatal overdoses each year. The most commonly abused prescription medications are opioids, which are also known as painkillers. Not only are pain medications the most abused, but they’re also a gateway drug for heroin. Those who suffer from prescription drug addiction may have a problem realizing their issue at first, but the signs might be clearer than you think.
Why is it so difficult to recognize a prescription drug addiction?
Those who have an addiction to drugs are typically trying to either get a feeling, get rid of a feeling, or have an escape. Although this is a common sign of addiction, it’s more difficult when a person was prescribed medications for a legitimate problem. Pain medications help block pain for anyone who has been injured or suffers from chronic pain. Benzodiazepines are prescribed to those with different types of anxiety disorders, and amphetamines are for people with ADD or ADHD.
When a person uses drugs like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines, they know that they’re doing something dangerous and illegal. When a person is taking their medications, they’re able to justify the situation because a doctor prescribed the drugs. This is why it’s important to notice the signs of addiction as well as dependence to the medication so you can get the help that you need when you’ve developed an addiction.
An increasing problem, prescription drug abuse can affect all age groups, but it’s more common in young people.
What are the signs of prescription drug addiction?
The first sign of prescription drug addiction is when a tolerance is built, and a person needs more of the medication in order to feel well. Often, a person will run out of their medication long before the refill date, so they may try to seek out a second doctor to get a refill faster. Once they’re unable to get the refills from doctors, they’ll try to obtain the medications in other ways, usually illegally. Sometimes the person will begin snorting, smoking or injecting the medication in order to feel the effects faster and stronger.
Getting Help for a Prescription Drug Addiction
If you’ve realized that your prescription medication use has turned into an addiction, Pinnacle Peak Recovery can help you. In treatment, you’ll be educated about addiction so you have a better understanding about what’s happening to your mind and body, and why you haven’t been able to quit on your own. You’ll learn about where your cravings and compulsion to use are coming from, and you’ll be taught strategies to move towards sobriety in a healthy way.
Pinnacle Peak Recovery uses evidence-based treatment methods with every client. These types of treatment methods have been proven scientifically to be the most affective when treating people who suffer from addiction. Some of these treatment methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Evidence based treatment is meant to help you to develop new healthy habits. This will help you avoid relapse in the future.
At Pinnacle Peak Recovery, not only will you be surrounded with others who are trying to get well, but you’ll also have a dedicated staff who wants to see you succeed. The staff at Pinnacle Peak Recovery is passionate about helping those suffering from addiction learn a new way of living that doesn’t require substance abuse. Call us today to find our more information about how we can help you recover from active addiction.