A prescription pill addiction is a broad term used to signify the dependency and abuse of different types of narcotic prescribed pills. Due to the availability and the mixing with other illicit drugs; prescription pills are being widely misused and are becoming a major concern across the nation because of accidental overdose and overdose deaths. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over seven (7) million Americans are abusing prescription drugs at any given time (SAMHSA, 2010) and despite our society’s best efforts (safe disposal of prescription pills, etc.), prescription pill abuse is rapidly becoming one of the most dangerous and highly addictive substances abused to date. 3 of the most common prescription pills categories are:
1.) Opiate prescription pills
2.) Amphetamine prescription pills
3.) Benzodiazepine prescription pills
Opiate prescription pills are pharmaceutical manufactured medications that are prescribed by doctors to alleviate pain. Opiate prescription pills are heavily abused because they are easy to find due to being constantly prescribed to patients for a variety of symptoms and there are many different types being produced. Opiate prescription addiction is very dangerous because the number of accidental overdoses and death are very high. Some of the more common types of opiate prescription medications are: Lortab, Precocet, Vicodin, Morphine, Demerol, OxyContin, Oxycodone, codeine, Suboxone, Subutex, Fentanyl, and Methadone.
Amphetamine prescription pills are a narcotic stimulants that affect the central nervous system by increasing its activity. These type of pills effect the brain’s dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitter system and are primarily prescribed for issues relating to Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), weight loss, and narcolepsy (a sleeping disorder). However, they are abused because they allow the user stay awake for longer periods of time, reduces tiredness, improves sports and academic performance, increases endurance, boost self-confidence while providing a euphoria-like adrenaline rush. Common amphetamine prescription pills are: Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Concerta, Vyvanse, etc.
Benzodiazepine prescription pills are anxiolytics which are primarily used to reduce anxiety and panic attacks by temporarily sedating the Central Nervous System. Other medications similar to Benzodiazepine are Barbiturates which are sedative drugs and Hypnotics which are sleep-inducing aids. These types of prescription medications are highly addictive and can be extremely lethal when taken inappropriately without a prescription or mixed with other illicit substances. The more common types of Benzodiazepine, Barbiturate and Hypnotic prescription medications are: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Librium, Vesparax, Butisol, Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata.
Whatever prescription pills that you are abusing, Zion Recovery Center is here to help. If left untreated your pill addiction could transpire to a more severe use of an opioid (heroin, suboxone, methadone, lortab, hydrocodone, etc.) which could cause accidental overdose or death. Do not think that you can simply stop using on your own whenever you want. If that was the case, you would have already done it!
Follow the links below for more information on each category of prescription pills which includes a detailed description of each type of prescription pills, signs and symptoms of use, and treatment methods. 385-207-2029
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