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Title: Ultimate Guide to Avoid Slipping Into Prescription Drug Addiction (1)

Ultimate Guide to Avoid Slipping Into
Prescription Drug Addiction
Table of Content
  • Introduction
  • Why are Prescription Drugs Abused
  • Prescription Drug Addiction
  • Factors Encouraging Prescription Drug Addiction
  • How to Avoid Slipping Into a Prescription Drug
  • How to Beat a Prescription Drug Addiction
  • Final Thoughts

  • Although many people are keen to take
    medication as instructed by their physician, the
    issue of prescription drug abuse remains a
    problem for many individuals across the world.
    Prescription drug abuse refers to the use of
    these forms of medication in a manner or dose
    other than prescribed. Taking someone elses
    prescription drug, even for a genuine reason, can
    also amount to misuse.
  • Abuse of prescription drugs is what
    eventually leads to addiction. Individuals who
    use these drugs as prescribed that is, in the
    right doses and for the right reasons are hardly
    at risk of addiction. The risk of addiction is
    high in individuals who use prescription drugs in
    ways other than prescribed by a physician.
  • Patients are not the only ones to blame for
    prescription drug addiction. The blame can be
    passed on to pharmacists and health providers who
    freely dish out these drugs while they are aware
    of the increased risk of misuse.

Why are Prescription Drugs Abused?
  • According to National Institute on Drug
    Abuse, the most commonly abused prescription
    drugs today are opioids, antidepressants for
    anxiety and sleep disorders and stimulants for
    ADHD and narcolepsy. However, most opioids are
    readily accessible, and this makes them the most
    abused in todays population. Opioids refer to a
    class of drugs whose role is to relieve pain.
  • When ingested, the drugs bind to the opioid
    receptors in the body and send signals which
    block pain, slow down breathing (to calm
    anxiety), and produce an overall feeling of
    calmness and relaxation. Various types of drugs
    fall into this category, and they include illegal
    ones such as heroin and prescription medication
    such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and

  • Due to their effectiveness in managing pain
    in the body, opioids are usually the go-to drugs
    for most health care providers and pharmacists.
    Opioids are prescribed for both short-term and
    long-term management of pain. Health care
    providers are aware of the risk that comes with
    prescribing opioids. If taken in a high dosage
    other than specified, the drug can easily lead to
    an addiction. This is also the case when one
    consumes the prescription drugs to feel good or
    calm down.
  • The reason why opioids are among the most
    abused prescription drugs is that they are easily
    accessible. Previous research shows 20 of
    patients who walk into a physicians office with
    non-cancer pain symptoms or both acute and
    chronic pain-related symptoms received an opioid
    prescription. In 2012, there were a total of 259
    million prescriptions of opioid painkillers in
    the U.S. This figure means that if the drugs were
    to be handed to households, every home in the
    U.S. would have a bottle of opioid pills sitting
    in their medicine cabinet.

  • Besides opioids, other prescription drugs
    such as Valium, Xanax, Dexedrine, and Ritalin are
    also abused. However, most of these are used to
    treat chronic conditions such as problems with
    the central nervous system. Therefore, there are
    not as popular as opioids such as codeine which
    can be used to treat common cold, coughs, and
    sinusitis. You can easily get codeine medication
    over the counter without a valid prescription
    from the doctor.

Prescription Drug Addiction
  • As aforementioned, individuals who take
    prescription drugs, especially painkillers in the
    right dosage are not at risk of addiction. Even
    individuals who get a long-term prescription of
    opioids and stick to the right dosage are at very
    low risk of addiction. However, dependence can
    occur in patients who have a history of
    psychological problems or drug abuse.
  • How does addiction occur? Here are a few
    scenarios which have led many patients to develop
    an overdependence on prescription drugs
  • Popping more than the prescribed number of pills
    at a time.
  • Taking medication without a prescription that
    is, as one wishes, even if the reason is
  • Taking addictive medicines for an extended
    period, especially if one suffers from
    psychological issues.
  • Taking pills to get by or calm down without
    necessarily having a diagnosed medical condition.

  • Addiction to prescription drugs can be
    accidental or deliberate. For example,
    individuals who are exposed to drugs like opioids
    for pain management in the long-term and have
    suffered addiction in the past can involuntarily
    get hooked to the drugs. On the other hand, some
    users may deliberately overdose on prescription
    drugs to enjoy the calming effect and mental
    relaxation that comes with the drug. Whichever
    the case, addiction can lead to serious health
    issues, and it is vital for one to seek
    prescription drug addiction treatment

Factors Encouraging Prescription Drug
  • Various factors, most within our control,
    are responsible for promoting prescription drug
    abuse. The actions of family members, friends,
    and relatives have exposed their loved ones to
    prescription drug abuse and ultimately,
    addiction. Some of these actions include the
  • Handing out painkillers whenever someone doesnt
    feel okay. Many family members and friends are
    guilty of this a friend or loved one visits your
    home, they suffer some form of pain, and you hand
    out a painkiller from the medicine cabinet
    without caring to know whether it is the right
    drug or dosage for the problem.
  • Hoarding painkillers. Many people are guilty of
    hoarding painkillers. The medicine cabinet is
    full of bottles of pills which arent in use. A
    curious teenager can come looking for something
    to calm them down and stumble upon an opioid.

  • Failing to throw out drugs that are no longer in
    use. When one remembers that a particular drug
    was effective in managing pain and it is still in
    the cabinet, they can easily reach out for it
    every time they are in pain and get addicted.
  • As you can see, prescription drugs are
    usually abused due to the ease of accessibility.
    If these drugs are kept out of reach both at
    homes and in pharmacies, we may have a reduction
    in the number of addiction cases reported every

How to Avoid Slipping Into a Prescription Drug
  • Now that you know what drugs are abused,
    what leads to addiction and the factors that
    promote it, the next critical thing is to
    understand how you can protect yourself and your
    loved ones from slipping into an addiction. Since
    these drugs are widely prescribed for pain
    management, one cannot do away with them
    altogether. They come in handy and are incredibly
    effective. However, if one is not careful, they
    can abuse them voluntarily or involuntarily.
  • Below are some useful steps that you and
    your loved ones can take to avoid becoming
    prescription drug addicts.
  • 1. Adhere to Prescriptions
  • Drug addiction primarily occurs when drugs
    are abused. The first step is to respect
    prescriptions. If a drug is meant for use only
    under prescription, dont pop the pill even if
    you find the bottle in your cabinet. Take doses
    as indicated by the doctor and avoid popping more
    than the required number of pills regardless of
    how much pain you are in. You can always go back
    to the physician and get a stronger drug but
    resist overdosing to ease the pain. Also, dont
    use another persons medication.

  • 2.Identify Signs of Addiction
  • Most people who get addicted to prescription
    medication realize it when its too late. You may
    think that the pill you pop once in a while to
    feel good is harmless only to find that you are
    dependent on it. Therefore, learn to identify the
    signs of a looming addiction. They include the
  • You run out of prescription medication before the
    refill date. This sign shows that you have been
    overdosing on the drug.
  • Your friends or family occasionally comment on
    your intake of prescription drugs. They have
    noticed that you take them too often. If this is
    the case, you may be on your way to addiction.
  • You occasionally use prescription drugs to feel
    good, calm down, or get going through the day.
  • You have ever felt guilty about your use of
    prescription drugs, and are never honest with
    people about your usage of medication.
  • You visit the chemist and ask for a painkiller by
  • You always think about a particular drug and have
    no control over how and when you use it.
  • If you have had any of these encounters, it means
    that your intake of prescription drugs is
    questionable, and you may be setting yourself up
    for addiction.

  • 3.Disclose Medical History
  • Health providers have, in some way,
    contributed to promoting prescription drug
    addiction. However, in most cases, it is not
    their fault. When a patient who has had a history
    of drug abuse visits a doctor, they have a
    responsibility to disclose this history. Such is
    the case for individuals who have suffered
    conditions like mental disorders in the past. If
    a doctor prescribes opioids to a patient with a
    former addiction, there is a chance that they
    will relapse. Similarly, individuals with
    psychological disorders can abuse medication to
    relax and relieve stress or anxiety.
  • You have a duty to disclose any medical
    history that may affect your prescriptions. Once
    the doctor has an accurate report of your
    history, they can know which medications to
    prescribe for various conditions. Ideally,
    physicians observe care when prescribing drugs
    such as opioids to patients who have suffered an
    addiction in the past. One measure would be to
    give dosage in bits to prevent an overdose.

  • 4.Throw Out Unused Medication
  • Dont keep drugs that are no longer in use
    in your medicine cabinets. While you may be safe
    from abusing them, other members of the family
    may not. Always throw out drugs once you are done
    with a prescription. You can dispose of them
    through the drug take-back programs. You will
    save your household from abusing the drugs and
    also protect them from consuming expired drugs
    which may have been sitting in the cabinet for
  • 5.Find Alternatives
  • If you are worried that you may get
    addicted to a specific drug, you can always find
    an alternative form of treatment. Share your
    concerns with the health care provider so that
    they can recommend an alternative prescription
    drug addiction treatment. Also, you can opt for
    non-medical approaches to pain management such as
    massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care,
    and many more. If these treatments help alleviate
    pain without exposing you to an addictive drug,
    they are worth the try. However, always consult
    your physician before ditching medication for
    alternative treatments.

How to Beat a Prescription Drug Addiction
  • Are you a victim of prescription drug
    addiction? Or do you have a loved one who is
    battling an addiction to medication? If so, there
    is hope for treatment. Patients have to undergo
    prescription drug addiction rehab to break the
    unhealthy habit. Get help from a prescription
    drug addiction specialist so that they can help
    minimize the withdrawal symptoms and walk you
    through the journey to recovery.
  • Dont try to break the habit on your own.
    The chances are that you may not succeed at
    saying no to the medication. Also, some drugs
    cause severe withdrawal symptoms when one tries
    to quit. Therefore, you may need to undergo a
    medical detox and get medicine to manage the
    withdrawal symptoms during the recovery period.
  • Most rehab programs combine medication with
    behavioural therapy. Patients get treatment and
    also undergo therapy that helps them from
    suffering a relapse in the future. The
    counselling can also help address emotional or
    psychological issues such as trauma, anxiety,
    stress, depression, and other problems which
    often prompt drug abuse.

Final Thoughts
  • Prescription medication is a necessity, but
    when misused they can be extremely harmful to the
    body. Users can suffer an addiction if they
    misuse or abuse the drugs. Whats worse, some
    forms of addiction are involuntary, especially
    when one is exposed to certain medications for an
    extended period. Luckily, patients can take
    measures to protect themselves from getting
    addicted to the medication.
  • Are you a man whos suffering from
    prescription drug addiction? Or do you have a
    male loved one whos battling with the problem?
    Visit Inspire Change Wellness Addiction Treatment
    Centre for Men for consultation and treatment.
    They handle all forms of alcohol and drug
    addiction. Their facilities are equipped with
    luxury amenities to ensure comfort during your
    rehab period. They also have professional
    therapists to walk you through the recovery

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