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Prescription drug addiction, or abuse, involves using prescription medications in ways not intended by the prescriber. This widespread issue affects individuals of all ages, including teenagers. The misuse ranges from taking a friend’s prescription painkiller to snorting or injecting ground-up pills for a euphoric high. Addressing prescription drug abuse promptly is essential to prevent it from spiraling into addiction.

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Understanding Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug abuse encompasses the misuse of various medications, including opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, and stimulants. These substances have mind-altering properties and are commonly misused for their effects.

Identifying the Symptoms

Symptoms of prescription drug abuse differ based on the specific drug but may include:

Opioids (e.g., Oxycodone, Hydrocodone):

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Euphoria
  • Slowed breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Poor coordination
  • Increased tolerance requiring higher doses
  • Increased pain sensitivity with higher doses

Anti-anxiety Medicines and Sedatives (e.g., Xanax, Valium, Ambien):

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Unsteady walking
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Slowed breathing

Stimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine):

  • Increased alertness
  • Euphoria
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia

Other Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse:

  • Forging, stealing, or selling prescriptions
  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Hostility or mood swings
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Poor decision-making
  • Unusual energy levels
  • Drowsiness
  • Frequent prescription refill requests or “lost” prescriptions, leading to multiple prescriptions from different prescribers

Treatment: Your Path to Recovery

At Refuge Recovery Centers, we understand that prescription drug addiction can happen to anyone. Our comprehensive treatment programs offer a supportive environment where you can regain control of your life. Through evidence-based therapies and personalized interventions, we empower you to overcome addiction and embrace a brighter, drug-free future. Don’t let prescription drug misuse control your life; contact us today to start your journey to recovery and renewal.