Prescription drug addiction is a growing problem in the UK. The NHS have stated that one in eleven patients in England are prescribed potentially addictive medication, such as sedatives, antidepressants and painkillers. This issue has already exacerbated in the US. 18.9 million Americans over the age of 12 have misused prescription drugs in last year. Learn more about prescription drug addiction occurs and how drug rehab can help.
Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug addiction is taking larger doses of prescribed medication from your doctor or taking medication for reasons other than to improve your health.
The most common abused prescription drugs are:
• Opioids to minimize pain
• Depressants for anxiety or sleep disorders
• Stimulants to treat ADD or narcolepsy.
When taken correctly as per your doctor’s instruction, these drugs are generally safe. There is a common misconception that all drugs attainable from doctors are less harmful and therefore safe to consume more than recommended. Abuse may also occur if you are taking more than advised to achieve a ‘high’. Signs that a person may be abusing prescription drugs include:
• Visiting doctors often
• Purchasing more medication than necessary from online pharmacies
• Exaggerating medical condition to justify taking more medication
Physical symptom can also occur. Mood swings, increased irritability and interrupted sleep can also be signs that a detox programme may be required.
Dangers of Prescription Drug Addiction
The risks of prescription drug addiction are similar to illegal drug addiction. Long-term drug misuse can lead to damaging physical effects on the body, including the heart, brain and liver. Psychoactive drugs, such as antidepressants, can be harmful to your mental state. This type of medication creates chemical changes in the brain that can cause anxiety, depression, paranoia and schizophrenia.
How to Avoid Prescription Drug Abuse
There are some simple rules to follow to ensure you taking your medication safely:
• Never take more or less of your medication without consulting your doctor
• Do not crush pills. Pills may be time-released for safety.
• Ensure you understand how your medication works with alcohol or other pharmaceutical drugs
• Inform your doctor if you have had any previous history of addiction or substance abuse.
What Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Is Available?
If you or a loved one is suffering from prescription drug addiction, drug rehab may be a solution. Drug addiction treatment at The Providence Projects includes a thorough personal assessment, a safe, managed detox and a 4-week drug rehabilitation programme. Our programmes are personally tailored to suit every individual’s requirements. We offer a range of therapies, including counselling, group therapy, workshops, plus fun activities.
If you are interested in learning more about our private rehab in Bournemouth, please call our trained counsellors for free on 0800 955 0945 to start your recovery.