Not all addictions are a result of the abuse of alcohol or illegal substances. Increasingly, people are becoming addicted to painkillers and other prescription medications. In many ways, prescription drug abuse comes with health consequences that are just as serious as those seen with illegal narcotics. If you suspect that a friend or family member has a prescription, all you need to do is to talk to a drug rehab and detox professional at Drug Treatment Centers Secaucu at (201) 620-9127.
Prescription drug abuse begins in many ways. In one common scenario, when people who were formerly addicted to alcohol or illegal substances are prescribed painkillers such as Vicodin for some condition, the exposure to the narcotic effects of these drugs brings back to their minds what they were addicted to, and they quickly relapse.
In other cases, addiction to a prescription drug happens because people have no idea how addictive they can be. They carry genetic vulnerabilities to addiction, and are quickly sucked in.
Prescription drug abuse occurs at an alarming rate today because doctors prescribe these pills far more freely than they ever did. Once a person gets a taste of the pleasant effects of these drugs, they can easily go up to a doctor, claim many fictitious aches and pains, and come away with a prescription.
Schedule II oxycodone: OxyContin is a painkiller that helps people suffering from debilitating conditions such as arthritis go through their day in peace. Since the drug is often prescribed without due process, those who wish to abuse it can easily find it. Injecting or smoking powdered OxyContin is common practice. These days, though, the medical establishment is beginning to implement multiple levels of checks on claims of arthritic pain before writing out OxyContin prescriptions. This means that people who really suffer from pain can find it harder to come by relief.
Scheduled II stimulants: Both children and adults are freely prescribed stimulants such as Adderall. Easy availability of these drugs has taught many to use it for short-term goals — focusing to prepare for exams at school or to meet deadlines at work. People quickly become dependent on these stimulants, and get to the point where they are unable to focus without them. Dependence brings cardiac complaints and a poor ability to be aware of one’s surroundings.
Schedule III hydrocodone: This painkiller is so popular, doctors prescribe tens of millions of doses each year. Vicodin is the most popular narcotic painkiller in the country. With prescriptions freely given out, millions have access to surplus pills around the home. People are trapped in addiction within a couple of weeks of beginning to use the drug.
Schedule V narcotics: Morphine is legendary for its ability to dull awareness of pain, and to create a feeling of euphoria. Many people get into the morphine habit through sampling painkillers from a legitimate prescription, and then become trapped.
Schedule IV central nervous system depressants: Drugs such as Xanax, Rivotril and Valium are widely prescribed for conditions such as anxiety, panic and insomnia. Some studies place these drugs higher than heroin for addictive potential. Their addictiveness can be so powerful, they can drive some abusers to imagine that they suffer from the conditions that these drugs are meant for — simply to be able to justify their drug use to themselves.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, close to 6 million people over the age of 50 need prescription drug abuse rehabilitation. It’s important to understand that prescription drug abuse isn’t limited to a specific age group. Anyone from school-age children to retirees closing in on 70 may be vulnerable.
This information should make people understand that their family members could need help, no matter what their age. Unexplained weight loss, heart problems and erratic behavior in a loved one should all make you consider the possibility of prescription drug abuse. If you believe that a loved one abuses prescription drugs, you should worry: one of the most serious aspects of using such drugs is that they often act as bridges to more serious drugs. You should call Drug Treatment Centers Secaucu right away at (201) 620-9127 for help and advice.
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