With so many prescription drugs available that can have huge impacts on the human body, it can be heard to keep track of them all and their potential dangers. The signs and symptoms of abuse can vary depending on the drug in question, but the most commonly abused drugs are any opioids, like oxycontin or vicodin, a sedative, like valium, or a stimulant like ritalin. In many cases, these medications are legitimately prescribed by a doctor in an effort to help a person through a hard time in life, or after a serious injury or accident, but because these drugs are so powerful even in small doses, it’s extremely common for people using them to develop a dependency, even if they have a legitimate health concern.
In some form or another, all of the types of prescription drugs listed above share some of the same symptoms, like nausea or reduced appetite, but many people react to different doses of them differently. For any opioid, confusion, slow breathing and poor coordination can all be signs of addiction, while sedatives tend to make people extremely drowsy in unsafe levels. Stimulants cause the heart to race and blood pressure to rise, and can lead to heart problems in users.
Beyond the physical signs that a person is addicted to prescription drugs, there are other signs to watch out for. Stealing a prescription or forging a prescription is an extremely common practice that people with a prescription drug addiction may resort to when they’re cut off by their medical professional. Extreme mood swings or having issues with sleep are also usually seen in those struggling with this kind of addiction, and they may even seek prescriptions from another doctor, if they can’t get what they want from their regular physician.
It can feel embarrassing to think about talking to a addiction specialist if you’re concerned you may have a problem with prescription drugs, but remember that these people are trained to help, not judge, and your family will only want you to be healthy. You need support to get the help you need, and it’s far easier to deal with the problem early on before addiction leads to further health problems. You’re not alone in your battle, because recovery from addiction to prescription drugs is possible. The Springboard Center is fully prepared to help you overcome prescription drug addiction, with a medical detox program and both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. They also offer support for your family members to help them understand your battle. There is hope for your future, but you have to take the first step. Call today, at 432-620-0255 and let us help you find your way to sobriety.