While prescription drugs may be legally prescribed, doctors prescribe them for only their intended uses. When a person takes them to excess or becomes dependent upon them for daily life past their intended purposes, this is considered prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse is an unfortunately common occurrence that can affect a person’s health and potentially even have deadly consequences.
Examples of commonly abused prescription drugs include opiates, sedatives and stimulants. If you or someone you care about is struggling to quit using these drugs, call Drug Treatment Centers Putnam at 860-207-8360.
The most common inpatient treatment admissions for prescription drugs in Connecticut are for opiates, which include morphine, OxyContin, hydrocodone, Vicodin and Demerol. Nearly 2,000 inpatients in Connecticut were admitted for opiate abuse, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Other prescription drugs abused include tranquilizers, such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan; stimulants, such as Adderall; and sedatives, such as the barbiturate Seconal.
While the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse can vary based on the drug type abused, some general symptoms associated with prescription drug abuse may include:
People suffering from drug abuse may appear secretive and become defensive when asked about their drug abuse.
Prescription drugs are designed to bind to different receptors in the brain to create certain effects. Examples might be to reduce pain or to produce anxiety-relieving effects. Frequent or prolonged exposure to these medications can cause the brain and body to become accustomed to their effects. When a person tries to stop taking the drug, he or she may experience withdrawal symptoms that make the person afraid to stop using the drug.
Long-term prescription drug abuse can cause a number of health effects as well as impact a person’s overall quality of life. For example, a doctor typically intends for most medications to be prescribed on a temporary basis. If a person is addicted to the drug and can no longer obtain a doctor’s prescription, he or she may resort to illegal methods to obtain the drug.
Prolonged prescription drug abuse is also associated with potential respiratory failure and worsening withdrawal symptoms the longer a person takes a particular drug.
A prescription drug addiction can make a person feel like he or she has lost control over life. A drug treatment center can help to minimize withdrawal symptoms while teaching the person to live a healthy life without the need for prescription drug abuse.
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