Prescription drugs which frequently become addictive include sleep medications (such as Sonata and Ambien), Morphine, Amphetamines, and some cough syrup or cough drop ingredients such as Dextromethorphan, along with several others. Prescription medicines require a doctor’s signature to obtain but can become heavily abused due to their addictive aspects.
For example, some people begin to have insomnia, and so they get a prescription to take sleeping medicine so they can get enough rest before work. However, when they try to sleep without the aid of their sleeping medicine, they cannot sleep at all. It becomes more severe until they begin taking above the recommended dose to sleep. This can cause many problems, such as dizziness, diarrhea, daytime drowsiness, memory loss, or lightheadedness.
Different prescriptions have their respective side effects from being abused. Those who abuse morphine may have constipation, dizziness, confusion, and even cardiac arrest or circulatory collapse. Symptoms common to amphetamine abuse include high body temperatures, restlessness, dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, and fast breathing.
With any abused prescription drugs, the most effective treatments are usually discontinuing use of the drug, group support and therapy, and taking other medicines.
Some prescription drugs require extensive therapy after becoming heavily addicted. Others may take a small adjustment to a non-addictive medicine that can work as a substitute while the client is going through the withdrawal and therapy periods.
Discontinuing certain prescription medications will result in mild withdrawal symptoms, and others will result in noticeable withdrawal pains or sleeplessness.
Group support is highly beneficial in a situation where prescription drugs have been abused. Therapy also serves as a way to combat the impulses that lead to relapse — participating in group support meetings and therapy while being monitored throughout the withdrawal period is an effective way of overcoming prescription drug addiction.
If you or a loved one struggles with abusing prescription drugs, it is important to seek help and reach out to medical professionals. Medicines can be prescribed which will help with withdrawal throughout the recovery process.
Symptoms of opioid prescription drug abuse may include:
● Heavy Breathing
Symptoms of narcotic prescription drug abuse may include:
● Memory Loss
● Craving Sleeping Medication
● Lack of Coordination
Symptoms of stimulant drug abuse (such as amphetamine) include:
● Irregular Heartbeat
● Lack of Appetite
The symptoms of withdrawal associated with each abused prescription drug varies. For some, it will be a slight change in mood or general anxiety, while others will have more severe cases.
We help clients overcome prescription drug abuse by providing a safe place and medical professionals at the ready throughout the withdrawal process. We offer therapies and support groups unique to each addiction, and we have activities and recreational options available to those in our facility who are fighting prescription drug abuse.