Prescription drug abuse happens when someone uses a certain medication that was either not prescribed for them or they’re using the medication for reasons other than how they were prescribed. According to the National Institutes of Health, certain prescription drug abuse scenarios can lead to addiction. These drugs include narcotics for pain, sedatives and some stimulants. Prescription drug statistics indicate rates for abuse in adults in America are up to 2.7% or more of the population.
If you or someone you know is showing signs that they may be abusing or addicted to prescription medications, it may be time to seek help. Call Drug Treatment Centers Carteret at (732) 226-8901 to find out more about our treatment programs and how our addiction professionals can help you get your life back.
Some of the signs that someone may be abusing prescription drugs include frequent requests for medication refills, crushing pills, stealing medicines, finishing off prescription medicines too quickly, going to more than one doctor for the same condition, stealing prescription pads and ordering medications over the Internet.
In addition to these signs of prescription drug use, a person may have wild mood swings, new sleep patterns, increased irritability and alcohol consumption.
There are difference classes of drugs, categorized according to the government’s views on their potential for abuse.
Schedule 1: These medications are illegal due to their high potential for abuse. They include narcotics such as heroin, LSD and cocaine.
Schedule 2: Drugs in this class are potentially highly addictive. These include opioids, methamphetamines and barbiturates.
Schedule 3: These medicines can cause mild to moderate addiction and consist mainly of steroids, low-dosage codeine and opioids that are hydrocodone-based.
Prescription medicine abuse can come with some serious health risks and dangers. Opioids can cause mood swings, confused thoughts, infertility and depressed breathing (which can possibly cause death). Sedative abuse runs the risk of the user having memory difficulties or seizures. Stimulants can enhance paranoia and abnormal heart rates.
Sometimes addiction to prescription medications and other drugs must be treated with pharmacological substances in addition to behavioral treatments.
For opioid addiction: Naltrexone (Vivitrol) is often used to treat this type of drug dependency. It is used to treat overdoses and addiction to drugs that include heroin. Methadone is another medication used, which manages painful withdrawal symptoms and relieves cravings. Other treatment medications are Buprenorphine, Suboxone, and Neurontin, which can help with pain and reduction of cravings.
For alcohol abuse: Antabuse (disulfiram) blocks the way alcohol is processed in the body. This drug can make your stomach hurt if you have a sip of alcohol. It also works to help prevent drug abuse, as drinking often leads to other addictions.
For nicotine abuse: Bupropion and Chantix are used to help stop smoking and relieve side effects of nicotine poisoning.
Withdrawal symptoms related to prescription drug addiction depend upon the drug in question. Some common effects of withdrawal include loss of self-esteem and/or self- confidence, tremors, sweats, pain, sleeplessness, nausea, vomiting and seizures.
The treatment options for doctor-prescribed drug abuse of medications that include Adderall, Ambien, Hydrocodone, Opiates, Oxycontin, Ritalin, Suboxone, Xanax and other popular prescribed drugs abused in Carteret, NJ, are medications to help with detox from certain substances. Also very important is counseling and/or 12-Step Programs. Drug Treatment Centers Carteret offers cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and individual, group and family counseling, among others.
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