Prescription Drug Addiction

Medication prescribed by your doctor can cause addiction, even if it's not intended.

Prescription Drug Addiction

Here at Recovery Ways, we are experienced in providing prescription drug addiction treatment to patients of all ages and backgrounds. Our staff is comprised of Masters level clinicians who are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment. We have individualized treatment plans for all of our patients to help them overcome any substance abuse issue and offer them therapy to understand their addiction and different ways of dealing with any co-occurring disorders.

There are many different drugs that are prescribed to patients and for many different reasons. Most prescriptions are kept in an easily accessible spot in the home where anyone who wasn’t prescribed the drugs can get to them. This is why prescription drug abuse is on the rise, especially among teens. Most teens have abused prescription drugs more than illicit street drugs according to a national study. Just because they are prescribed by a doctor, doesn’t mean that they aren’t dangerous. Increasing doses, “self-medicating,” or just recreational use of these drugs can lead to addiction, overdose, and many other serious risks. Many people react to different prescriptions in different ways due to their body chemistry, which is why they are monitored by a doctor, and should not be taken without a prescription.

Prescription drug abuse and addiction.

The most commonly abused prescription drugs are depressants, opioids and morphine derivatives, stimulants, and antidepressants. Due to the potential for addiction and abuse, many of these drugs are categorized by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in the same category as opium or cocaine. As a group, they are the second most abused drug. Most people who abuse prescription drugs start by using them legitimately.

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Depressants: These are sometimes called “downers” because they are central nervous system depressants that slow brain function. They come in different colored capsules and tablets and in liquid form. They include tranquilizers and sedatives. Some of the major tranquilizers, or antipsychotics, are Haldol, Seroquel, Zyprexa. These drugs traditionally help reduce the symptoms of mental illness. Depressants or benzodiazepines (benzos) include Librium, Halcion, Klonopin, and Xanax. Other depressants are barbiturates or sedatives (sleeping pills) and include Amytal, Nembutal, and Seconal. If any of these are mixed with other substances, especially alcohol, it can slow heart rate and breathing to dangerously low levels, even to the point of death.

Common Street Names for Depressants

  • Yellow (Yellow Jackets, Reds, Red Birds)
  • Sleeping Pills (Tranks, Downers)
  • Barbs
  • Candy
  • Phennies
  • Tooies

Short Term Effects

  • Slowed breathing, pulse, movements, and brain functions
  • Fatigue, confusion, slurred speech, and dizziness
  • Fever, disorientation, visual disturbances, and dilated pupils
  • Impaired judgement and memory
  • Irritability, paranoia, suicidal thoughts
  • Aggression, agitation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Addiction

Long Term Effects

  • Tolerance
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Depression
  • Sexual problems
  • Chronic fatigue, sleep problems
  • Weight gain, high blood sugar, diabetes
  • Liver failure, choking, heart problems

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Convulsions
  • High body temperature
  • Agitation
  • Can be life threatening.

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Morphine Derivatives and Opioids: Mostly painkillers that are opium or opium-derived substances that relieve pain. Click here for more information on Opioids.

Stimulants: Drugs that increase energy, alertness, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. They are often called “uppers.” They come as capsules or tablets, but when abused they can be ingested, crushed and snorted, or injected in liquid form. These include medications such as Adderall and Ritalin.

Short Term Effects
After the initial high users will feel exhausted and depressed.

Long Term Effects

  • Paranoia
  • Hostility
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High body temperatures

Common Street Names for Stimulants

  • Skippy
  • Kibbles and bits
  • R-ball
  • Speed
  • The smart drug
  • Truck drivers
  • Vitamin R
  • Bennies

Get treatment for a prescription drug addiction today.

Prescription drug addiction is a very serious issue that affects millions of people. If you or a loved one has been abusing prescription drugs and are in need of treatment, the admissions coordinators at Recovery Ways can help. Call our admission coordinators and we can review your insurance policy to find out if it will cover the costs associated with treatment.

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