Over recent years, many individuals have been finding that prescription pills are easy to get a hold of and can get you high. There are approximately 48 million people in the United States that have abused prescription drugs. The varying amounts of prescription pills offered by doctors give individuals options between the following types of prescriptions:
- Pain relievers
- Tranquilizers or sedatives
With the varying types of prescriptions, a person can either experiences increased amounts of energy with stimulants or decreased amounts of energy with pain relievers, tranquilizers or sedatives. The ease of getting prescriptions from your doctor is not very difficult, thus making it easy for patients to lie to their physician to get the type of prescription pill they desire to abuse.
Health Risks of Prescription Pill Addiction
As with abusing illicit drugs, prescription drugs that are abused come with some serious health risks and personal danger. Of course, there is always a possibility of overdosing from prescription drugs, but there are also a variety of other health risks, such as:
- Slowed breathing and heartbeat
- Seizures when discontinued
- Sharp increase in body temperature
- Irregular heartbeat
These are just a few of the dangers, but depending on how the individual is abusing prescription pills there are other health risks as well. The other risks can include Hepatitis B or C, HIV, and AIDS. These are most commonly seen in individuals that inject the medication into their blood stream with a syringe.
Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction
Addiction to prescription drugs does not discriminate against any one. There have been a number of studies that show the following groups to be the most likely to abuse prescription medication:
- Senior citizens or elderly individuals
- Adolescents or teenagers
- Young women
While this may be surprising to some people, the statistics don’t lie. Plus many of the people receiving prescription medication are these age groups for various reasons, such as pain, ADD/ADHD or medical operations.
When someone is abusing prescription medications, their personalities and daily routines will begin to change due to having their life now revolve around prescription medication instead of old hobbies and friends. Some of the signs to look for if you suspect someone is suffering from prescription pill addiction are as follows:
- Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
- Taking more than prescribed
- Mood swings
- Change in sleep patterns
- Poor decisions
- Lack of responsibility
- Seeking prescriptions for multiple doctors
- Continuously lying
- Uninterested in social events
There are many other signs of prescription drug addiction that you may also notice in an individual, but the above will give you a good idea about what is going on.
Seeking Treatment at Freedom Treatment Center
Often times it is difficult for an individual to admit that they have a problem with prescription medication, which is why Freedom Treatment Center is here to help you with the process. Our staff will assist you from the intervention all the way until the end of your loved one’s drug rehab program.
Freedom Treatment Center in Albion, Michigan approaches addiction in a holistic manner, which means we look at all aspects of the individual’s life and how each aspect ties into the tangled web of prescription pill addiction. The staff at Freedom Treatment Center wants to ensure that each person addresses any area that caused or affected their addiction, so that upon leaving our facility they are ready to take on the world.