Prescription Drug Treatment
There are many varied substances or prescription drugs that are used both legally and illegally. As dependence increases addiction to these drugs and the use of illegal streams increases the chance of overdose and death.
Prescription drug addiction has grown throughout the world as new highly addictive medications have been prescribed.
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PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION and TREATMENT
Prescription drugs are more readily available now than ever before, and new options seem to be continually entering the market. Each one certainly offers a number of benefits for those suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression or a wide range of other medical conditions.
Despite their effectiveness in helping to treat specific ailments, many of these medications are also causing more than their fair shares of problems. Abuse and addiction are among the most widespread of these issues. At 1000 Islands Wellness and Treatment Centre, we’re here to help combat the negative impacts these medications can have when dependence tightens its grip.
There is a very large range of prescription drugs that a user can become addicted to, each comes with differing sets of symptoms. Below is a list of common symptoms when a user find themselves addicted:
- Prioritizing redosing of the drug
- Increasing dosing frequency
- Missing important engagements, isolation, secretive
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Financial issues
- Weight fluctuation
- Defensiveness and irritability
- Loss of control over amount and frequency of use
- Cravings and compulsive use
- Continuing use during and after adverse consequences
These are some of the most common categories of prescription drugs:
Prescription drug addiction for sedatives is quite common especially for those that need treatment for anxiety and insomnia. There is a tendency for sedative abuse for those seeking the calming and numbing effects. Some of the drugs that are part of prescription drug addiction include Nembutal, Ativan, Xanax, and Ambien. Addiction means that individuals can no longer function without the drug. If doctor administered prescriptions are concluded addicts will seek out illegal avenues to obtain a supply.
Some of the opioids include methadone, codeine, morphine, and oxycodone. Prescription drug dependence to opioids is typically as a result of increased dosage required for pain management. Just like sedatives when a doctor prescription runs out, addicted individuals will seek out illegal avenues. Illegal streams sometimes contain other drugs such as cocaine, heroin or other drugs.
Some of the most common stimulants that cause addiction include amphetamines. This prescription drug is typically used for the treatment of health conditions such as obesity and Attention Deficit Disorders. Addiction occurs when people can not function with the drugs. Stimulants give alertness, energy and a heightened state of awareness. When a doctor prescribed stimulant is stopped it leads individuals to seek out illegal means.
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Exploring The Scope Of The Situation
According to a recent report from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, opioid prescriptions alone have surged more than 3,000 percent in Canada over the last three decades. Sedatives and stimulants haven’t increased quite to that extent, but they’re on an upward trend as well.
In most cases, people’s experiences with these medications start out harmlessly enough.
Physicians prescribe them for legitimate medical issues or well-meaning friends or loved ones share some of their medications with others. Still, matters all too often get out of hand after the fact.
As the number of prescriptions being handed out has grown over the years, so has the number of people ultimately abusing these medications. An estimated eight people die and sixteen are hospitalized each day across the nation due to opioid misuse. Thousands more are negatively affected by other medications meant to help rather than harm.
Prescription abuse is creating hardships for individuals, families and even entire communities. In turn, it’s having a negative impact on the entire nation. Despite the widespread and continually growing prevalence of the problem, few people truly realize its causes and consequences.
Genetic predisposition is a major component in countless cases of prescription drug abuse. In short, it often runs in the family. Those with relatives who suffer from substance abuse disorders live with an increased risk of misusing alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Alcohol, prescription medications or other drugs themselves. Of course, several other aspects factor into the equation as well.
Underlying Mental Disorders
Studies have shown those with underlying, often undiagnosed conditions like anxiety or depression are more than twice as likely to become dependent on prescription painkillers. People suffering from chronic pain also have a tendency to abuse drugs not meant to treat their immediate symptoms, like sedatives or stimulants.
Additional Medical Conditions
Along those same lines, people with dopamine or serotonin deficiencies are at greater risk of becoming addicted to prescription drugs. Dopamine is a mood and concentration enhancer whereas serotonin reduces social anxiety, regulates sleep and helps improve memory among other benefits.
Conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, depression and schizophrenia are known to cause low dopamine levels; on the other hand, anxiety, OCD and similar issues can decrease serotonin levels.
Opioids increase dopamine and serotonin levels. Stimulants generally boost dopamine production while sedatives cause spikes in serotonin levels.
The Fear Factor
Pain, be it emotional or physical, is a powerful motivator. Commonly abused prescriptions are designed to ease different types of pain in one way or another whether they’re caused by injuries, depression, emotional trauma, nerve disorders or any other issue. These medications do legitimately serve their purposes for their respective conditions; otherwise, no one would be inclined to take them in the first place.
Here’s where the problem begins for a number of people. What if their symptoms come back after the meds are out of their systems? No one wants to experience pain or misery, so they keep taking the prescriptions just in case.