Causes and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

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Prescription drugs are the first choice for people dealing with some sort of pain due to medical procedures, injury, etc. However, when people begin to rely on such drugs to alleviate pain or treat any of their physical ailments, it hardly takes a few days or months to turn this habit into an addiction.

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5 Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction Prescription drugs are the first choice for people dealing with some sort of pain due to medical procedures injury etc. However when people begin to rely on such drugs to alleviate pain or treat any of their physical ailments it hardly takes a few days or months to turn this habit into an addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC over 183000 Americans died due to prescription opioid overdose between 1999 and 2015. One develops an addiction to prescription drugs as these excite certain areas of the brain that result in feelings of pleasure and happiness. People generally have the misconception that the consumption of such drugs in any quantity is safe as they are recommended by doctors for various ailments. However consuming these drugs over a long period of time especially in the absence of medical supervision is as dangerous as consuming illicit drugs. The continuous self-prescription of prescription drugs leads to increased dependence on them and other disruptive behavioral changes. As such identifying an addiction to prescription drugs is quite difficult at times. This is primarily because of lack of awareness and knowledge. However there are certain warning signs that can enable one to identify whether a person is addicted to prescription drugs or not. Some of these are: 1. Overthinking about medications An individual addicted to such drugs keeps on worrying about them continuously including whether he or she has ample stock of the medication or not and when to take the next dosage. He or she also prefers to keep a stock of the drugs just to ensure that he or she doesn’t run out of them particularly during the night. 2. Increasing the dosage

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Taking a prescription drug on a regular basis leads to the development of a higher tolerance level toward the drug. This gradually causes increased dependence and eventually addiction. After a certain period the drug dependence becomes so severe that he or she needs to take higher doses to feel the same effects. Such a high tolerance level toward any drug is a sure shot sign of prescription drug addiction. 3. Looking for other sources to obtain drugs Once an individual gets addicted to a drug he or she begins to look for other sources to obtain these drugs. Apart from their doctor people often try to obtain prescriptions for the medications from other sources such as Internet and friends or through fraudulent measures such as stealing from a doctor’s pads or buying on the streets. Doing so is dangerous both legally and medically. 4. Ongoing usage When an individual is prescribed certain drugs these are meant to improve certain medical conditions. Using these drugs as per the prescription of the doctor will surely make one feel better. However if the person continues to use the same drug for a longer period of time even after his or her recovery it is definitely a sign of drug abuse. 5. Blackouts When a person abuses drugs he or she is likely to experience blackouts. Additionally the person is prone to forget things easily as the continuous abuse of drugs impacts his or her ability to comprehend things as well as alters certain parts of his or her brain. Recovery from prescription drug addiction Prescription drugs should be consumed only in the way as prescribed by the doctor. One should make sure that he or she does not self-prescribe the drugs to get high or experience some of the euphoric and sedative effects. If someone close to you is addicted to prescription drugs and needs to know about prescription drug abuse treatment centers contact the Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline by calling us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-450-1557. Our representatives will connect you with the best prescription drug treatment clinic in the U.S. For more information please visit www.prescriptiondrugabusehelpline.com

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