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Prescription Addiction Information

Date : August 1, 2010, 12:00 am

What is Prescription Drug Addiction?

Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription medication that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in dosages other than as prescribed. Abuse of prescription drugs can produce serious health effects, including addiction. Many people begin using legal drugs for legitimate reasons and are finding their self unable to stop taking them even when they are no longer needed. Prescription drugs are one of the most commonly abused categories of drugs. Nearly 20% of people in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non medical reasons.

Many people benefit from the appropriate use of prescription drugs, but, when abused, they can be as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs. Prescription drugs should only be taken exactly as directed by a medical professional.

Many prescription drugs are as addicting as illegal or 'street' drugs. There is a serious and growing health problem in this country. For the most part, people take prescription medications responsibly; however, an estimated 48 million people (ages 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetimes. This represents approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population.

Narcotic painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin, sedatives and tranquilizers like Xanax or Valium, and stimulants like Dexedrine, Adderall or Ritalin are among the addictive drugs being abused. Steroid abuse is on the rise also. The availability of drugs is one reason drug abuse is increasing. Doctors are prescribing a lot more drugs than ever before. Online pharmacies make it easy to get prescription drugs without a prescription, even for young people.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine considers addiction "a disease process characterized by the continued use of a specific psychoactive substance despite physical, psychological or social harm." Abuse of prescription drugs to get 'high' has become prevalent among teens and young adults.

A recent study of death certificates shows that home deaths from prescription drug overdoses have gone up dramatically in the past 20 years. Many addicts are in denial about the negative effects of their prescription abuse. They are thinking they can't have an addiction or that they aren't abusing the medications because they were prescribed by their doctors for them. They are usually unaware of the negative effects this is having on their family, friends, and loved ones. They are also unaware of the physical and emotional damage they are doing to them self.

Accidental prescription drug deaths are at an all time high in the United States. Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a growing problem, and becoming more so every day. Vicodin, Codeine, Demerol, Dilaudid, Morphine, OxyContin, Percocet, and Xanax are physically and emotionally addictive and are becoming common drugs that are being abused.

Some of the signs of addiction to prescription drugs include lack of interest in treatment options other than medication, seeing several doctors to get more pills, past history of drug addiction, using more than the recommended amount of medication than was prescribed, and using medication prescribed for others.

There is a growing list of prescription drugs that kids are taking from medicine cabinets to get 'high' also. The medicine cabinet is replacing the local drug pusher in some cases. Teenage girls are more likely to experiment with these drugs.

Some of the drugs that teenagers and others abuse are: Oxycodone OxyContin), morphine, codeine, darvon, Demerol, Percocet, valium, Xanax, ambient, sonata, lunesta, Librium, Quaalude, adderal, dexedrine, Ritalin, and concerta. These are just a few prescription drugs that are being abused today by young people.

A person who suffers from prescription drug addiction may also experience deterioration of personal relationships, employment problems, financial problems, legal problems and psychological difficulties.

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

A problem in treating prescription drug addiction is that it's a hidden disorder. Helping the person can be difficult because the individual doesn't always recognize they have a problem. There is no single treatment that is appropriate for every prescription drug addiction. Successful treatment may require several components including counseling, detoxification, and the use of pharmacological therapies. A drug rehabilitation center may be in need. If you or someone you know is suffering from prescription drug abuse or addiction, remember there is help out there.

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