A prescription drug is defined as a medicine that requires a prescription from a doctor to obtain and is regulated by law. The three most commonly abused types of prescription drugs are opioid pain relievers, tranquilizers and stimulants.
Addicts can abuse prescription drugs by taking medication prescribed for someone else, using medicine for another purpose, taking a larger dose than necessary and taking medication in a way that is different from direction - this can include crushing tablets and snorting them, or injecting the substance into the bloodstream.
Aside from drug-seeking behavior, those who are addicted will also display changes in their sleeping patterns, evident mood swings that is most often linked with the availability of the medication, heightened irritability (again, when the medication is not available) and higher alcohol consumption.
Every medication brings a risk of side effects. Taking prescription drugs in a way they are not intended poses a health risk, especially when taking them in higher doses and mixing them with other medication. Addiction occurs when a user is overcome by a compulsive desire for drug-seeking, despite harmful consequences.
Physical withdrawal symptoms can differ significantly depending on the drug. Psychological symptoms tend to overlap more than the physical symptoms and can include:
Since all prescription medications include some type of withdrawal symptoms and health concerns, you should not attempt to detox on your own. It is recommended that the detoxification process happen in a safe and comfortable environment with access to medically trained staff and supervised care where medications can be given to safely control and ease withdrawal.
If you are dependent on prescription drugs, get help now.