Prescription drug abuse is the misuse of medications that are prescribed by a physician or taking medications that your physician has not prescribed for you. The most commonly abused medications include those prescribed to treat pain, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and sleep disorders. This abuse frequently leads to addiction, is the cause of many overdoses, and direct link to heroin addiction. Just like non-prescription drug addiction the abuse and addiction to prescribed medications can be treated effectively.

The Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

The consequences of prescription drug abuse have been steadily worsening and young adults are driving the epidemic.

Symptoms of prescription drug abuse include:

  • Frequent requests for refills from physicians
  • Crushing or breaking pills
  • Stealing prescription medications from family members, friends or co-workers
  • Faster consumption of prescriptions than indicated
  • Visiting multiple doctors for similar conditions
  • Mood swings corresponding to absence or availability of the drugs
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Increased irritability
  • More frequent alcohol consumption

Abuse symptoms vary based on the class of drug.

Sedative abuse symptoms include:

  • Drowsy, intoxicated appearance
  • Confusion
  • Unsteady movements
  • Rapid, involuntary eye movement
  • Poor judgment and decision-making
  • Poor memory

Stimulant abuse symptoms include:

  • Extreme agitation
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure
  • Increased hostility
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss

Opiate abuse symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Rapid decrease in blood pressure
  • Disorientation
  • Constipation or other digestive irregularities
  • Shortness of breath

Break the Cycle of Addiction

At the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, we understand the seriousness of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Our treatment program includes detoxification to an intensive, inpatient psychotherapeutic program that addresses the symptoms and underlying causes of abuse and addiction.

Our expert staff is trained to help people overcome their addiction in a safe and nurturing environment. Visit us here or feel free to call 855-333-6075 to find out how we can help.