I need these medications but…
Am I Abusing My Prescriptions?
Prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem in the United States today—people from all walks of life and from every state in the nation struggle with this issue. Despite its severity, this problem is not hopeless.
The Treatment Center has helped hundreds of people recover from prescription drug abuse through individualized treatment, and we can help you too. Our comprehensive treatment plans include a mixture of innovative and traditional medical care provided by our experienced staff. Keep reading to find out if you or a loved one might be abusing doctor prescribed drugs.
Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse
Some general signs that you are abusing prescription pills, syrups, inhalers or patches include:
Misuse of medication:
If you misuse prescription drugs, this means that you take them:
1. Other than as prescribed
2. Solely for the euphoric effect
3. Even if the medications were not prescribed to you
1. Do you lie to doctors in order to obtain medications?
2. Do you lie to others about how much you take?
3. Are you dishonest about your level of pain?
4. Do you experience anxiety at the thought of running out of medication?
5. Have your close friends and family members expressed concern about the amount of prescription medication you take?
6. Do you black out or experience wild mood swings while on meds?
7. Do you crush or snort pills?
8. Do you miss work, school or family engagements as a result of misusing prescription drugs?
After taking prescription medications, you may experience:
2. Droopy or bloodshot eyes
3. Poor coordination
4. Uncontrollable tapping of feet or fingers
5. Abnormally dilated (large) or constricted (small) pupils
If you or someone you love is exhibiting any number of the above signs of prescription drug abuse, we can help. Call us today at (866) 295-6003, and the life you save could be your own. We can also be reached 24/7 through our online chat.
How to Tell if My Abuse Has Turned Into Addiction
Any level of prescription drug abuse is risky because of potential negative health effects, but frequent abuse is riskier still. If you abuse prescription drugs regularly, you can quickly develop dependence or addiction.
Prescription drug addiction can be defined by the following terms:
Physical dependency: Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you decrease or discontinue the amount of medication you take.
Tolerance: Needing more and more medication to avoid withdrawal symptoms or to elicit the same effect you felt before. Running out of your medication before it is time for a refill.
Negative feedback: The symptoms for which you started taking the medication worsen despite what used to be adequate treatment.
Polypharmacy: Needing to supplement the prescription drug you take with other medications (legal or illegal) to prevent withdrawal or to improve effectiveness.
Doctor shopping: Visiting more than one doctor or source so you can obtain more medication.
Can you identify with one or more of the above scenarios? Are you concerned that your prescription drug use has turned into addiction? Contact us now at The Treatment Center to get the answers you need.
Substance Abuse Treatment
Once you have realized that you have a prescription drug problem on your hands, the next steps involve an accredited treatment facility. In order to learn how to live without relying upon prescription medications, you will likely need professional assistance.
Luckily, you don’t have to look any farther than The Treatment Center. We are accredited by the Joint Commission and offer individualized treatment plans for patients like you who desire freedom from addictive medications.
Contact us now at (866) 295-6003 for a free and confidential assessment. Our admissions counselors are prepared to take your call at any time.