Americans and a large number of countries in the Western world, as well as the developing world, are facing a crisis of growing and catastrophic proportions: prescription drug abuse and prescription pain pill addiction. While there are a number of different reasons, causes, and explanations for the source of the conflagration that's consuming countless lives, tearing apart communities, and wreaking havoc on entire generations; there is no debating that prescription drug abuse is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with.
Prescription drug abuse is not something that is limited to one age group, income bracket, race, sex, or education level. Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is rampant in communities and households all over the United States. Royal Life Centers is on the front lines of this epidemic, providing prescription drug abuse treatment in an outpatient setting to the people who need it most.
What defines prescription drug abuse?
Depending on which prescription drug is being abused, the signs and symptoms may vary, and it's helpful to understand that prescription drug abuse can occur in different forms. Typically prescription drug abuse is defined as the use of prescription drug or medication in way not intended the prescribing physician or doctor. Prescription drug abuse or addiction can encompass anything similar or representing problematic usage or misuse of prescriptions e.g. taking a friend or relative's painkillers for minor or perceived pain, snorting or injecting pills inorder to get high.
Prescription drug abuse is defined by a persistent, ongoing, compulsive, and self destructive pattern of abusing medication despite increasing and exponentially worsening consequences. Although more often than not, people believe that they are hiding their prescription drug abuse habit from those closest to them. Some people may have limted success at hiding a prescription drug problem for a short amount of time, but in a majority of instances the addiction becomes a problem too large to hide, and it is that point that many people choose to ask for help.
Early identification of a prescription drug abuse problem, and intervention in the form of prescription drug abuse treatment are vital if a person is to get the help that they medically require. Opiods, that are commonly prescribed for pain such as oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone and pain pills that contain hydrocodone ( Loratab, Vicodin, and Norco). Opioid pain pills are one of the leading causes of prescription drug abuse as they are highly addictive and can very often lead people into a downward spiral that culminates in an active heroin addiction in certain instances. People who are abusing commonly prescribed opiate or pain relief medications typically deal with a number of symptoms that are typically consist of but may not be limited to:
Anti Anxiety Prescription Drug Abuse Symptoms
Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives, such as Xanax, valium, and drugs that are commonly prescribed as sleep aids or for sleep issues such as Ambien. People who are abusing commonly prescribed anti-anxietymedications typically deal with a number of symptoms that are typically consist of but may not be limited to:
Stimulants that are prescribed in the treatment of ADD and ADHD such as Ritalin, Concerta, Vivance, and a host of other amphetamine and amphetamine derivative medications are commonly abused by people with prescription drug abuse issues. People who are abusing commonly prescribed stimulantstypically deal with a number of symptoms that are typically consist of but may not be limited to:
Why is Prescription Drug Abuse So Dangerous?
Drug overdose recently surpassed all other causes of preventable deaths in the United States by a disturbing factor. Drug overdoses accounted for the largest number of deaths this past year, and was greater than the total of the next three leading causes of preventable deaths. To say that prescription drug abuse is deadly is an understatement, and the risks of not addressing a prescription drug abuse issue are not being exacerbated in order to drive the point home. Untreated, someone who is abusing their medications is likely to continue down a path that has very dark, disturbing and sometimes fatal roads.
Drug addiction of any kind comes with a substantial amount of risky, dangerous, and destructive behavior but prescription drug abuse is unique in that it quite often pushes its users towards heroin, a harder street drug that is significantly more available and cheaper than certain prescription pain pills. With heroin addiction a whole host of additional detrimental challenges arise. Even in the instances where are person believes that they can contain their prescription drug abuse to just certain specific kinds of drugs, or somehow contain their addiction; sadly this is not a reality.
The bottom line is that anyone who is teetering on the edge of the abyss that is prescription drug addiction, needs a qualified addiction treatment program in order to arrest, address, and heal from the addiction before it's too late. Royal Life Centers has the experience and excellent track record of helping people successfully recover from prescription drug abuse issues.