WHAT IS IT?
Whether it be painkillers or benzodiazepines, prescription drugs have become a major problem. Although they are prescribed by doctors to treat legitimate physical and mental conditions, these medications are highly addictive and are easily abused. Some of the more common benzos are Alprazolam, Ativan, Halcion, Klonopin, Librium, Niravam, Restoril, Valium and Xanax. Because these drugs are prescribed by a medical professional, there is a misconception about how dangerous and harmful they truly are.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
A critical step in your recovery
Even when taking these medications as prescribed, users may develop dependencies. However, because these drugs are intended to relieve physical pain and disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia, among others, it is common for users to consume more pills than prescribed or do so for longer periods of time than prescribed. This drastically increases the risk of addiction and, unfortunately, the problem is typically not identified until it is in an advanced stage, making it more difficult to overcome without treatment. Combining these drugs with alcohol or other controlled substances is also incredibly dangerous and can be fatal.
Addiction of prescription drugs can be a challenge to detect but a change in social circles, mood swings, reclusive behavior, drowsiness, or weakness are potential indicators. Frequent questions or conversation about new doctors should also raise suspicions, as this could be a sign of doctor shopping.
Becoming Addicted to Prescription Medication is Common
It can begin in the most subtle ways: a knee surgery or nagging pain that won’t go away. Over time, it becomes clear that the medicines approved to manage such conditions appear difficult to cope without, even though the condition may have already lessened. Having crossed the line from medical treatment into abuse, and then addiction, many individuals go through a process of doctor shopping, seeking to fill a prescription that no longer has a valid medical purpose. These individuals will benefit from BritLife’s prescription rehab program.
When someone is in the grip of prescription drug addiction, they need rigorous drug rehab help to regain their physical, emotional and psychological health. Since addiction is a persistent condition, it only gets crueler when left untreated. Finding a reputable prescription drug rehab is one of the first steps in regaining your life.
Sometimes, drugs may be obtained from friends, a doctor friend or from the street. Similarly, legitimate use of prescription drugs can turn into illicit use fairly fast. One of the biggest explanations why heroin addiction has developed so much is that it is a fiscal reality for those who can’t get prescription painkillers. They turn to the illegal supplies of heroin and at a much lower cost. Sadly, probable side-effects include overdose and death.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, please reach out to our support team at 866-470-2187. Our addiction specialists are available to provide confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.