Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction involves using a prescription drug in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor. Prescription drug addiction is one of the largest epidemics currently plaguing the world. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 48 million people in the U.S. (20% of the population) have taken prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.
Since prescription drugs are so commonplace, their use usually goes unnoticed until a full-blown addiction strikes. Addiction to prescription drugs is very serious and can be fatal. Over 19,000 deaths have occurred from an overdose of prescription drug medications according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
There are three classes of prescription drugs that are often abused:
1. Opioids or Painkillers – used to treat pain
2. Central Nervous System Depressants – used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
3. Stimulants – used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy
People who abuse prescription drugs take them in higher doses than directed, take them with other prescription drugs or illegal drugs, or take them in another form to increase the effect (such as crushing pills and snorting the powder). Undirected use can lead to harmful and fatal overdoses and drug interactions.
Taken in high doses, prescription drugs have a wide range of dangerous physical effects, such as low blood pressure, stopping breathing, coma, dangerously high body temperature, seizures, and death.
Withdrawal symptoms of prescription drugs include:
- digestive problems
- trouble sleeping
- extreme fatigue
Addiction to prescription drugs is dangerous and potentially deadly. It can have devastating effects on a person’s relationships and finances. Our team understands that this addiction can be difficult to overcome. We offer detox and dual diagnosis, as well as chronic pain management services to help ease the struggle and pain of prescription drug addiction.
For more information about treatment for addiction to prescription drugs at New Horizon Hospital in Houston, Texas, call us at (281) 397-1530.