The abuse of prescription drugs has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. In this country, at point or another, an astonishing 52 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). A total of 6.1 million of these individuals used them non-medically within the past month. America accounts for 5 percent of the world population but consumes 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs.
Serious physical and mental health problems can result from a prescription drug addiction, which is one reason why it is imperative that individuals suffering from such an affliction find help immediately. If either you or someone you love is gripped by such an addiction, a prescription drug rehab center can help put you back in control of your life. However, first you must assess the situation and identify the problem. What follows is a list of three signs of prescription drug addiction.
Unhealthy Relationship with the Drug(s)
For someone who is addicted to pills, any excuse to get more is good enough to try. Vague complaints concerning non-specific pains are common, and usually a ploy to get more medication. Many of us will be prescribed a medication for pain following a surgery or accident, but someone who is addicted will continue to use these pills well after the pain has gone. Using pills prescribed to others is nothing more than drug abuse, plain and simple. Furthermore, if you or your loved one are uninterested in any treatments other than medication, that is another clear sign of addiction.
Deterioration or Destruction of Relationships
Far too often, a prescription drug addiction manifests itself in secretive, even self-destructive behaviors. To get your hands on more drugs, you or your loved one may deceive friends, family and medical professionals. Failure to acquire more doses can result in mood swings and anxious or even violent behavior, which can distance us from those we hold dearest. Financial troubles can also ensue when every effort is expanded in pursuit of feeding the addiction. These, on their own, can severely test the strength of a friendship or family.
Should a dose be missed, physical withdrawal symptoms include muscle and joint aches, sweating, shaking and insomnia. Many more signs that indicate a prescription drug addiction can manifest themselves physically. Be on the lookout for any unusual behavior in your loved one.
If you or a loved one exhibits any one or several of these signs, you should seek out help immediately. Know you do have options available to you. At South Coast Counseling, our inpatient drug treatment center is staffed with professionals specializing in many types of substance abuse treatments, including prescription drug addiction. Our inpatient rehab facilities are equipped to treat these and many more afflictions with skill and compassion. You are not alone. Contact us today and let us help you through this trying time.