Many people assume that is a drug is a prescription that it cannot be addictive. However, prescription drug abuse and addiction are major problems all throughout the United States as well as in Hackensack. In order to know if you or someone you love has a prescription drug abuse problem, you need to be sure you fully understand the idea and can recognize the signs.
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Prescription drug abuse refers to the habitual misuse and overuse of prescription drugs or medications. The overuse of prescription drugs refers to taking larger doses than were prescribed by a physician or taking the drug in more frequent doses that prescribed. The misuse of prescription drugs can refer to a variety of situations.
On the one hand, it can refer to a person taking the drug who was not prescribed the medication. On the other hand, it can also refer to a person who uses the drug recreationally or for purposes other than prescribed. It can also refer to consuming the drug in a different form than it was originally administered (i.e. crushing pills to snort).
In essence any form of consuming the drug that is not precisely as it was prescribed by a physician to that specific purpose is considered to be prescription drug abuse.
Virtually any prescription drug can be abused. However, based upon the properties and effects of certain types of prescription drugs, some are more commonly abused and are more addictive than others. Some of these may include:
Opiates are prescription drugs that are also known as narcotics or opioids. They are highly addictive and therefore highly regulated. Opiates are powerful painkillers used to treat moderate to severe pain. They also have a side effect of relaxing the body and mind inducing a calm and sometimes euphoric state. Examples of opiates can include:
Sedatives are prescription drugs that suppress the central nervous system and effectively slow processes in the body and mind. These drugs often make a person feel calm and relaxed. As such, sedatives are most often prescribed to treat acute anxiety or chronic anxiety disorders. They may also be used to treat the symptoms of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Additionally, others are used as sleeping pills to help those suffering from sleep disturbances or insomnia. Some examples of prescription sedatives include:
Stimulants are prescription drugs that excite or stimulate the central nervous system to action. This means that it triggers these systems to take action. Oftentimes, stimulants are prescribed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or seizures and seizure disorders. Some examples of prescription stimulants are:
When a person begins abusing prescription drugs and/or develops an addiction to those drugs, they begin to exhibit certain signs of abuse. These can include:
Once a person realizes that they have developed an addiction to prescription drugs and/or they have a drug abuse problem, the first step is to get into a medical detox program. Medical detoxification is the process of getting the drug out of the addict's system under medical guidance and supervision. This helps to ensure safety and may even help to make the detox process gradual rather than sudden through the use of prescription drugs administered during the detox process.
Drug treatment in addition to detox includes individual and group therapy to aid in healing and relapse prevention. Additional options may include art therapy and music therapy to develop coping strategies and emotional awareness as well as SMART recovery to aid in self-dependence and self-efficacy.