Nowadays, prescription drug abuse and opiate addiction is becoming more and more common. It is often difficult to discern whether or not you are abusing the pills because you have permission from a doctor. Unlike illegal drugs, prescription drugs are commonplace and easily accessible without blatant legal ramifications. There is a misconception that illegal drugs are more dangerous than prescription drugs, but that is not always the case. Painkillers, sedatives, and opiate addiction has the potential to do serious harm to your body as well as deteriorate your relationships with family and friends. Call today to speak with a trained substance abuse treatment specialist about prescription drug addiction and your treatment options.
So how do you know if you are addicted? Here are some common themes among prescription drug abusers:
- Take higher dose than prescribed
- Mood swings
- Increased sleep, or
- “Losing” prescriptions so that new ones may be filled
- Use of similar over-the-counter drugs
- Unusually energetic or sedated
The overuse of painkillers, opiates, or sedatives has negative effects both long-term and short-term, and could lead to an accidental overdose. Speak to one of our representatives today if you believe you have a prescription drug or opiate addiction, and how to watch for these symptoms. A drug overdose is when a dangerous and toxic amount of a drug is consumed. This results in potentially deadly symptoms such as:
It is imperative that immediate medical action is taken before the drug reaches the bloodstream and is too late to recover.
Like drug or alcohol rehabilitation, prescription drug substance abuse treatment requires a period of detoxification to clear the body of the substance, rehabilitation which retrains the brain and behavior, and after care. Recovery is possible, but understand that opiate addiction will not go away overnight. Call us today at (888) 882-9251 to speak with a substance abuse treatment specialist about your next steps toward sobriety.