There are three different classifications of prescription drugs that are highly addictive, even when you have a prescription for a legitimate reason from your doctor: stimulant addiction, opiate painkiller addiction and benzodiazepine (benzo) addiction. Therefore, there are 3 types of prescription drug addiction to be on the look-out for. Each of these drug classifications has different effects but non-medical use of any of them has one result in common: prescription drug addiction that requires medical treatment at rehab.
Stimulant Prescription Drug Addiction
Stimulants are often prescribed for issues like attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and weight problems. They have an “up” effect that increases the user’s energy level, heart rate and metabolism. As a result, appetite is often suppressed and the user feels happier and chattier in the initial period of use. Later on, when the effects of the prescribed meds start to diminish, those feelings begin to switch to depression and / or irritability.
Opiate Painkiller Prescription Drug Addiction
Opiate painkillers are the most common prescription drugs of addiction. These prescriptions are given for moderate to severe pain either of a chronic nature or after an acute incident, such as surgery or an accident. The issue of painkiller addiction rises every year in America. Even teens without prescriptions often steal the prescription pills from their parents and/or grandparents. Those with a legitimate prescription often develop a tolerance for the drug and require more to feel the original effects. Some abuse the drug by crushing it before swallowing, taking more than prescribed, augmenting the effects with alcohol and other drugs or doubling and tripling their prescriptions through multiple doctors. The result can be a painkiller addiction that is deadly and all-consuming.
Benzodiazepine (Benzo) Prescription Drug Addiction
Tranquilizers and sedatives are in the benzodiazepine prescription drug class and commonly prescribed for anxiety. Often short-term in nature, these drugs become a crutch for those with chronic anxiety issues. During panic attacks, the user may take too many in response to a stressful stimulus, or take them too often during a stressful period. The result is that an addiction to the drug often develops and the anxiety worsens in response to attempts to lower the dosage.
Handling Prescription Drug Addiction with Prescription Drug Rehab
No matter what class of prescription drugs you or your loved one is addicted to, prescription drug rehab is the only answer. Above all, it is important that you NOT attempt to stop using your prescription cold turkey. Instead, talk to your physician and enroll in a prescription drug rehab that will be able to provide the medical care you need to recover safely. Call us now to learn more about your treatment options.