There is No Safe ‘Extra’ Amount of Prescription Drugs and Painkillers
Prescription Drugs: Powerful, Easy to Misuse
It is very easy to misuse prescription opioids and other drugs.
Have you ever taken an extra dose of an opioid painkiller to help with aches and pains?
Maybe you have taken an antidepressant prescribed to another person to help with anxiety; or as a sedative for sleep?
Did you ever drink alcohol with a drug that should not be taken with alcohol?
Prescription Drug Misuse is Quickly a Slippery Slope
Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a slippery slope in which many engage. Some individuals can recognize the problem quickly and correct the situation before it has escalated into a true addiction.
But many times individuals are unable to stop prescription drug misuse once they’ve started – leading to addiction and dependency.
“Experts warn that many people with addictions continue to perform well at work. So-called ‘high-functioning addicts’ exist across all sectors. Workplaces are not intervening early enough – which puts those who have addictions at a higher risk of physical and psychological harm. ‘The job is always the last thing that goes,’ says Dr. Steven Melemis, a physician in Toronto who specializes in addiction.”High-Functioning Addicts: Intervening Before Trouble Hits
Prescription Drugs Frequent Abused: OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium, Adderall
The most frequently misused medications today are opioid painkillers (OxyContin and Vicodin); central nervous system (CNS) depressants used for anxiety and sleep disorders (Valium and Ativan); and stimulants that treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy (Adderall and Ritalin).
OxyContin has been frequently cited as a prime element in the current opioid abuse crisis.
For details on how the opioid crisis began, see the LA Times article, ‘You want a description of hell?’ OxyContin’s 12-hour problem.
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Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use. For example, the epidemic of prescription opioid misuse has led to increased use of heroin.
Functional Addiction – High Pressure Careers Downside
Whatever the motivation – whether you “borrow” someone else’s sedative to get through work pressure – or purchase illegal drugs after your doctor will no longer refill a prescription – misusing prescription drugs can have dangerous consequences.
Functional addicts live in total denial (and lack awareness) of addiction issues and point to their career successes. However, away from work in private – addictive behavior patterns are fully active. Also the physical stress caused by regular drug use accumulates and causes damage to the body and brain.
While taking Adderall or meth to ‘work hard’ during a long day – and then taking opioids to sleep may begin to seem ‘normal’ – it is not. These drugs, especially in combination, are very damaging to health.
No one intends to become addicted. However individuals regularly taking Adderall may begin to feel tired and mentally foggy without it. And over time drug tolerance begins – which means higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect.
Ongoing Opioid Use and Rapid Addiction
Taken exactly as prescribed, pain relievers can manage pain effectively. But chronic use or misuse of opioids can quickly result in physical dependence and addiction.
Dependence means that the body adapts to the presence of the drug, and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or stopped.
Tolerance to the effects of a drug also occurs with long-term use. Individuals may need to take higher doses to achieve the same or similar effects as experienced initially.
Prescription Does Not Mean 100% ‘Safe’ for All Uses
Abusing prescription drugs can lead to health problems, addition, accidents, legal trouble, family problems and even death.
Just because a drug is prescribed drug – either for yourself or someone else – does not mean it is totally safe for all uses.
If yourself or a loved one has become locked into a cycle of drug abuse – now is the time to look into an addiction treatment from New Start Recovery Solutions.
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