Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and many more people are finding
themselves with an addiction to those prescripton drugs. Think about how
you feel when you’re in pain – not just a little bit of pain – a lot of
pain. What is the first thing you think about? If it’s me, I think
about relieving that pain. In fact, that’s one of the first and foremost
thoughts in my mind – what can I do to get rid of this horrible pain?
So you go to a doctor and tell him or her about your pain, and your
doctor prescribes a pain killer to help you. Aaaahhh, you feel better.
You think you’ve found a bit of a miracle just by swallowing a little
pill. And for a little while, it is a miracle for you.
Then you start to feel a little bit better, but you don’t stop taking the
pills. Why? Because they make you feel good. They take the edge off,
they help you cope, and they are almost your best friends. Without even
really knowing it, you have become dependent on those pills to help you
get through the day.
More and more people are finding themselves becoming addicted to
prescription drugs. This is because the new prescription drugs we have
on the market are so much more powerful than any others we’ve had, people
begin to like and get used to the effect these drugs have on them and
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and before they really become
aware, addiction has set in. It’s a serious problem that can lead to
other types of drug abuse and needs to be addressed early in the stages
The first step that needs to be taken is to acknowledge that there might
be a problem with your prescription drug use. Many people begin to
“doctor hop” to get their prescriptions filled. I know of one woman who
actually had a day planner that listed her various doctor appointments
along with what prescription medications they would prescribe for her.
Prescription drug abuse is just as serious as heroin drug addiction or
alcoholism. The recovery period is just a little bit longer because you
started taking the pills to combat pain in the first place.
Addiction can happen in an instant, believe it or not! When you can face
the problem head on, you can make yourself armed with the tools you need
to fight it. That includes getting as much information as you can about
the health effects these drugs have on your body and what to expect when
you stop using those drugs.
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a very treatable condition. The
information to help you is out there. All you have to do is look for it.
Talk to people, look in the phone book, check the Internet. Your family
deserves it, your friends deserve, but most of all – you deserve it!