Prescription pill addiction is tricky.
It typically starts with a medical prescription from a doctor to provide relief from pain or a symptom of another issue. When the individual uses this prescription pill it makes them feel better.
However, some prescription pills are more addictive than others, and some individuals are more susceptible to addiction leading to prescription pill misuse and addiction.
If you are struggling with an addiction to prescription pills, consider contacting the Impact Wellness Network’s team of dedicated individuals to see which of our addiction treatment programs is best for you.
How Are Prescription Pills Addictive?
Prescription pill addiction is difficult to manage, because there is often an initial cause, and sometimes even a lingering issue that is causing the addiction to continue or worsen.
The most common prescription pill addiction is to opioids. Opioids are fast-acting pain killers that also impact the reward center of the brain making them a highly addictive prescription pill. At its height in 2012, prescriptions for this addictive prescription pill were over 225 million at over 83 prescriptions per 100 people. The addiction struggles this caused has left the country reeling.
Now, opioid prescription is strictly monitored, and individuals are given more facts and more warnings about prescription opioid use.
But what are the signs of a prescription pill addiction?
What Are the Signs of a Prescription Pill Addiction?
While the signs of a prescription pill addiction can vary, they all involve some sort of misuse.
Misuse of prescription drugs is defined by the following:
- Taking a medicine that was prescribed for someone else
- Taking a larger dose than you are supposed to
- Taking the medicine in a different way than you are supposed to. This might be crushing tablets and then snorting or injecting them.
- Using the medicine for another purpose, such as getting high
Noticeable actions and symptoms of prescription pill addiction include:
- Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Excessive mood swings or hostility
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Poor decision-making
- Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated
- Requesting early refills or continually “losing” prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
- Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor
If you are doing any of these things, or you believe a loved one is, the first step is to get help. Contact the Impact Wellness Network today to see how we can help you with an addiction to prescription pills.
What Do You Do if You Are Suffering From a Prescription Pill Addiction?
If you believe that you are struggling with an addiction to prescription pills, the best first action is to seek out help. Addiction can cause intense feelings of shame, often pushing people away from asking for help. But this is a trick played on you by your mind. By contacting a rehabilitation facility, like the Impact Wellness Network, you are actually taking the most important first step towards recovery.
After finding help through a doctor, treatment center, or self-help group, you will begin to detox from the drug. This process should always be medically monitored, as it can be very dangerous alone. After going through withdrawal and detoxing from the prescription, it is important to contact your doctor if you are still having the same symptoms you were prior. Through this process the doctor can help you to get the support you need.
Following detox, an addiction treatment program is recommended. It is important to sustain recovery by doing mental and physical work to heal your body.
How Can the Impact Wellness Network Support Me?
The Impact Wellness Network is a group of dedicated addiction treatment centers focused on providing sustainable recovery options for everyone. Our rehabilitation centers use the best and newest treatment methods for addiction treatment in combination with evidence-based traditional practices and relapse prevention to provide a holistic approach to addiction treatment.
We believe everyone can achieve sustainable long-term recovery through the Impact Wellness Network. Contact us today to see which of our programs best meets your needs and can support your journey of recovery.