According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 20 percent of Americans have abused prescription drugs at least once in their lives.
It’s often thought that prescription drug abuse cannot be considered a true addiction since the medications can come from a doctor. The reality is that prescription drug addiction has become one of the worst epidemics in the United States. In order to help to identify and make treatment decisions for your prescription drug abuse, we’ve outlined some of the common categories of medications abused.
Opiate Prescription Drug Abuse
One category of prescription drug that is highly abused is the opioid. Painkillers are the drugs that fall into this category and include OxyContin and Vicodin, for example. They are highly addictive in nature, so it’s common for individuals to start taking them and then form a dependency. A built-up tolerance is most often the cause of this. People commonly abuse opioids for the following reasons:
- They want to experience the euphoria from the high.
- They’ve built up a tolerance and require higher doses of the drugs in order to receive the same effects they once did.
- It’s a method of escaping the stresses of daily life.
- It’s used with other drugs to produce a level of impairment.
There are a number of different negative effects that opiates may cause. The worst is life-threatening respiratory depression.
Prescription Drug Abuse of CNS Depressants
CNS depressants include sedatives and tranquillizers. There’s a stereotypical assumption that classifies these as the drugs used by housewives to cope with stressful days with their kids. There is some truth to this idea, since often this class of drugs is abused because:
- Individuals can’t effectively cope with stress without the use of drugs.
- Individuals become addicted to the feelings of calm that these drugs create.
- Individuals take these drugs in order to help them sleep.
Stimulant Prescription Drug Abuse
Stimulants that are often abused are Adderal, Dexedrine or Ritalin. These drugs are not often those that you’d assume would be abused, but there are some individuals who do abuse them. Stimulants are typically prescribed to help individuals remain focused, and it’s those who wish to achieve these same effects who take the drugs without a prescription. College students sometimes choose to use them to help with studying and social activities since they increase energy and focus, leaving time for studying and social activities.
Treating Prescription Drug Addiction at Rehab Centers
If you’re using any of the above drugs in any manner that wasn’t prescribed by your doctor, then you need drug treatment help. We’ll help you find it if you call us today.