What Are Prescription Drugs?
Prescription drugs are drugs that are not over the counter. They can be pain relievers or antibiotics that have to be prescribed by a doctor. They are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and work when used exactly as prescribed.
They can help manage symptoms, control pain, and treat health conditions. They are only safe if taken under the direction of a doctor. That means they need to be taken exactly as you are told to take them. It is important to never take a prescription drug that is not prescribed to you.
If you take prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you then that is abuse. It is illegal and is the same thing as doing cocaine or taking heroin. They can be just as harmful and cause just as strong an addiction.
Even if the drugs are prescribed to you if you take a larger dose than recommended you risk harming yourself. Taking it differently than you are told is also abuse. Misusing prescription drugs is illegal.
What Do You Do?
Misusing prescription drugs can be very harmful. They can cause many side effects like breathing issues and affect your body. If mixed with alcohol they can potentially be fatal.
Treating prescription drug abuse is often done with behavior therapy. Behavior treatments treat the underlying issues with prescription drug use. Often it is easy to get into a pattern or routine and think you need these drugs to get through the day.
This can lead to tolerance to the drug. Tolerance is when the body builds up a drug in the system so it needs more of it to get the high wanted. This can lead to people using more than their body can handle. When that happens they can overdose.
Overdose can cause permanent brain damage and even death. Prescription drug overdose is actually very common.
Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse
Behavior Treatment helps you cope with the intense need to use these drugs. It helps you find new ways to handle life and relationships. This can be intense and take a long time. Some people go to group meetings for the rest of their lives to make sure they don’t relapse.
Another form of treatment is by using medication. This type of treatment is often used when people need to quit prescription drugs immediately. This is usually if the drugs are harming the body quite a lot or interfering with other needs.
Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone are all medications used to help treat prescription drug addiction. They can prevent the severe effects of withdrawal.
Withdrawal is the body’s reaction to the sudden quitting of taking a substance it is addicted to. The body thinks it needs the drug, so it reacts painfully to try and force you to seek the drug out.
This can help a patient who is more likely to relapse due to the uncomfortable effects of withdrawal.