Prescription abuse is a growing problem, resulting in many people who mistakenly get caught in the traps of addiction. Even though you weren’t spending time with the wrong friends or looking for drugs down a dark alley, addiction can start in a seemingly harmless way: the prescription bottle in the bathroom cupboard.
Pill addiction is one of the easiest problems to hide, and it can be easier than you think to get another prescription. Even when the medications are taken according to the doctor’s orders, there is still a chance that an addiction can start on certain types of medications.
Prescription Addiction: A Secretive Habit that is Hard to Quit
If someone is caught in the cycle of prescription addiction, they often find methods to get the medications in seemingly legal ways. Visiting multiple doctors can give someone access to more pills. Then, those prescriptions can be filled at different pharmacies.
Plus, prescription pills are taken orally, which means that there are fewer signs of drug abuse. Family members won’t notice track marks, bruises, or other physical signs of drug addiction. Even if the person is taking a prescription for an extended time, taking a pill is often thought to be acceptable behavior.
Just because you can get a prescription from the pharmacy, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t lead to addictive behavior. Certain medications, such as opioids, change the way the central nervous system responds. Eventually, a drug dependence starts. If someone tries to discontinue the medication use, then it is likely that they will experience symptoms of withdrawal.
Preventing Prescription Abuse
Do you need to take a prescription medication? It is important that you work closely with your doctor to minimize dosage and frequency of use. At the same time, pay attention to see if you experience any indications of dependence. Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional support if you feel like you can’t control your prescription use.
Our team at The Center for Life Change can help you overcome the challenges of breaking free from addiction. We are here to support your journey and help you achieve a clean, sober life. Call to learn more: (951) 775-4000