Prescription drug addiction is a problem that has snuck up on our society in recent decades. No one could have predicted how powerful this type of addiction would become, or how prevalent it would be in today’s world. What we do know today is that prescription drug addiction is the most common addiction in America, but that there is effective treatment for this problem.
According to SAMHSA:
- 52 million people in the US, over the age of 12, have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.
- 1 million people have used prescription drugs non-medically in the past month.
- The United States, which makes up 5 percent of the world’s population, uses 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs.
- Every year, enough prescription painkillers are prescribed to medicate every American adult every 4 hours for 1 month.
- An estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012.
- The number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription painkillers has more than quadrupled since 1999.
Types and Effects of Prescription Drugs
Most abused prescription drugs are painkillers. These are opiates like OxyContin or Vicodin that are used to manage moderate to severe pain. Other prescription drugs that are abused include tranquilizers or sleeping pills like Ambien, and stimulants for ADHD such as Adderall.
Prescription drugs are obtained most commonly from a friend or relative, either by stealing or by simply asking for the drugs. Other people visit multiple doctors’ offices to get extra prescriptions for opiates. Still others buy them on the street or over the Internet.
Prescription drugs are dangerous. They can cause problems with the heart, lungs, nervous system, and digestive system. They can cause overdose and death. They can lead to addiction and also to other types of drug abuse, including heroin addiction.
Prescription drug addiction, like any addiction, causes the user to crave the feeling of euphoria and to show drug-seeking behavior. These drugs completely control the user’s life, so that they don’t care about anything else anymore. These drugs are dangerous because something as simple as taking a little pill can quickly blow up into an all-controlling addiction.
Recovery from Prescription Drug Addiction
In order to break free from prescription drug addiction, you must stop the abuse, detox from the substance, and learn to manage the cravings and triggers. Most people begin using drugs for a particular reason: to numb emotional or physical pain, to cope with loss, or to deal with conflict. In order to stop using, you need to address the underlying causes and work through them so that they do not continue to surface and cause relapse.
At Elevate Recovery, we can help with prescription drug addiction. Our program is designed to help you break through the cycle of addiction, by allowing you to heal all areas of your life and giving you something to live for once again. You will find that our community of supportive, understanding individuals will help you overcome your addiction and begin a new life.
Don’t let prescription drug addiction control you anymore. Contact us at (855) 456-0622 today to learn about our rehab program and to get started on your recovery.
We Give You the Opportunity to Help Others
At Elevate, you are part of something special, something unique. The facility is the perfect place for young people to go to join up, learn and develop healthy habits, and practice sober living together. The crowd is a young, fun-loving one, ready to take on the challenges of life with a fresh, new perspective.
Give us a call to find out more about what makes us so unique. If you are ready to give up your addiction and want to be part of our group, we welcome you with open arms.
Contact us at (855) 456-0622 today to enroll in our program.
If you are using drugs or abusing alcohol and can’t stop, you need treatment.
Don’t ignore your problem or hope it will go away on its own. Don’t wait until you are so hopelessly lost that you feel like you can’t ever get back again.