Prescription drugs are a common part of daily life. Whether someone is managing blood sugar, cholesterol, or chronic pain, they are likely taking prescription drugs. Unfortunately, because prescription drugs are legal and prescribed by doctors, they aren’t always safe. Many prescription drugs lead to abuse and addiction. Understanding prescription drug requirements can help people know when to seek professional support.
If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug addiction, Liberty Health Services can help. Our boutique clinic provides comprehensive medically-assisted detox. Call us now at 855.959.4521 to learn more about the benefits of prescription drug treatment in New Hampshire today.
What Are Prescription Drugs?
The FDA monitors prescription drugs for quality control, general safety and to reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse and medication contraindications. Prescription drugs may seem safe because a doctor signs a script, and a pharmacist dispenses and checks dosages. However, even when taken as prescribed, medications can be highly addictive. There are multiple classes of prescription drugs that lead to addiction. This can make it hard to know if what you or your loved one is taking can lead to addiction. Common prescription drugs include:
Opioids are synthetic forms of opiates. They’re derived from the opium poppy. These powerful painkillers stop pain receptors in the brain and create a sense of euphoria. They can be especially difficult to quit taking without medical intervention. Common opioids include Vicodin, OxyContin, and fentanyl. Continued use can lead to the use of heroin and street fentanyl.
Benzodiazepines are a type of drug that relaxes the nervous system. They release high amounts of dopamine and GABA to promote sleep and relieve anxiety. Often prescribed for short-term use, they are highly addictive, especially when taken long-term. Common benzos include Klonopin, Xanax, and Ativan. Benzos can cause memory loss, trouble with language, and difficulty understanding objects in space.
Serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs are used to treat anxiety and depression. Long-term use of drugs like Lexapro can lead to addiction. Because these drugs increase serotonin in the brain, stopping them cold turkey can be dangerous.
The most common amphetamine on the market is the ADHD medication Adderall. Adderall works by speeding up reactions from the brain to the body and can be highly addictive whether someone takes it as prescribed or obtains it illegally. Commonly used among college students or professionals, Adderall can increase focus and productivity. When abused, Adderall can damage organ systems.
These prescription drugs provide the brain with increased dopamine, causing the brain to crave more. This is called “dopamine reward.” Unfortunately, many of these medications require an increased dose of time to maintain the same effect. This is called tolerance. The higher the tolerance, the more of a medication someone needs. A high tolerance can lead to abusing prescriptions, crushing, snorting, or mixing with alcohol for a stronger effect.
Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction
Whether or not someone starts abusing the prescription, they can develop the following symptoms with prolonged use:
- Changes in mood
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in eating habits
- Weight loss
- Flu-like symptoms during withdrawal
Withdrawal and cravings are the first signs of prescription drug addiction. These effects can be especially strong for people with co-occurring mood disorders or unprocessed trauma. Working with a treatment program is the safest, most effective way to decrease prescription medication use and find healthy coping mechanisms.
Begin Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment in Serene, New Hampshire Today
Don’t let prescription drugs take over your life. If you or your loved ones are struggling, Liberty Health Services can help. Our serene New Hampshire clinic provides medically assisted detox. With only 24 clients at a time, Liberty Health Services provides safe, intimate, family-friend detox and recovery. Call Liberty Health Services at 855.959.4521 to learn more about the benefits of our New Hampshire prescription drug addiction treatment center and get started today.