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Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Services in Milford, OH (203) 713-2573

Most people think of drug addiction as only a problem having to do with illegal substances and maybe alcohol as well. However, prescription drug abuse is a rising problem around the nation.

Prescription drug abuse is a problem that is often overlooked or missed completely as people assume that the drug abuser is actually following doctor’s orders. Likewise, people who have a prescription drug abuse problem fail to realize that it is a problem until much later.

Drug Treatment Centers Milford has the specialists who can identify and treat prescription drug abuse and addiction issues. Call (203) 713-2573 for help now.

What Is Prescription Drug Abuse?

The abuse of prescription drugs is the misuse or overuse of prescription medications in ways that can cause a person to develop a dependence (an addiction) on those drugs. In other words, a person is abusing prescription drugs when they are using the drugs in ways or quantities other than prescribed by a physician.

Common Drugs of Abuse

While technically speaking a person could abuse just about any prescription drug they are prescribed by a physician, there are definitely some that are more commonly abused than others. And those that are most commonly abused also tend to be the most addictive. These common drugs of abuse can be divided into drug categories as well.

Opiates, also known as opioids or narcotics, are prescription drugs that have a simultaneous sedative and pain-killing effect on the body. They are most commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain. These drugs have a calming, relaxing effect, block pain receptors, and can cause a sense of euphoria. Some opiate examples include:

  • Oxycontin
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Codeine
  • Vicodin

Depressants (sometimes also referred to as sedatives) are drugs that have a strong calming effect upon the mind and body. These medications accomplish this by slowing or blocking certain operations of the central nervous system. Sedatives too can cause euphoria in patients who consume them. Some depressants (sedative) include:

  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Ambien
  • Lunesta
  • Klonopin

Stimulants are prescription drugs that have the opposite effect on the body as depressants or opiates. These drugs are designed to excite the central nervous system into action of some sort. As such, they often cause a person to feel more awake and energetic. Stimulants can also help with focus and attention and are often prescribed for patients with ADHD or ADD. They too can cause euphoria though this is a more manic or active euphoria. Stimulants examples are:

  • Ritalin
  • Adderall
  • Dexadrine

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

When a person begins to abuse prescription drugs, they begin to experience physical, emotional/mental, and social changes. Some of these are noticeable to others (signs) and some are internal changes that may or may not be noticeable to other people (symptoms).

Signs of Abuse

  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawn from people or activities
  • Drastic decreases or increases in sleep
  • Seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors
  • Forging and/or stealing prescriptions
  • Hostility or aggression
  • Financial or legal troubles

Symptoms of Abuse

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Drug cravings
  • Withdrawals when cannot get next dose
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Appetite changes
  • Heart rate changes or palpitations
  • Increased tolerance

Health Risks of Prescription Drug Abuse

There are a variety of health risks that can develop when a person abuses prescription drugs. These health risks can include:

  • Organ damage or failure (particularly liver and kidneys)
  • Heart attack or failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Risky behavior
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Death

The abuse of prescription drugs is increasingly common among people of all ages, and it can carry serious health risks and consequences. If you are struggling with prescription drug abuse, you are not alone and help is available to you. Call Drug Treatment Centers Milford at (203) 713-2573 for further help with detoxification and drug treatment options.

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