Legitimate medical prescriptions often introduce potent and addictive drugs to individuals who may have never used them before or previously never had problems with drug use. After completing a full course of medication post-surgery or trauma, individuals may have already developed a dependence on the drugs which may lead them to extend their prescriptions, or in more extreme cases, they may attempt to secure versions of their drugs through illegal means.
Prescription drugs include a wide range of drug classes including depressants, stimulants and painkillers. Doctors typically prescribe depressants to manage anxiety, sleep disorders and related conditions. Stimulants — like Adderall or Ritalin — are commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and narcolepsy. Painkillers — whether narcotic or synthetic opioids — include frequently prescribed medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, and help individuals manage everything from chronic to breakthrough pain, post-surgery.
Prescription drugs pose many unique challenges to recovery because of their wide availability, low prices and the ability they give users to disguise or legitimize their habit. Prescription drug abuse is never less harmful than the use of illicit drugs, and recovery from prescription drug abuse will require professional drug rehabilitation and therapy just as recovery from street drugs would. Bayview Recovery’s comprehensive prescription drug treatment modalities can help those suffering from dependency break free and avoid future drug use.
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse
The signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse will depend on the drug or combination of drugs the user has been taking as well as how long they have used these drugs. The following symptoms, however, are common indicators of substance abuse:
- Appetite loss
- Impaired coordination
- Slow or irregular heartbeat
- Decreased attention span
- Impaired judgment
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
- Memory loss
- Sweating, fever or chills
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction
As users develop tolerance to the drugs they are taking, a drug dependency can quickly become a drug addiction, presenting more serious and debilitating symptoms, both physical and psychological. Some symptoms of prescription drug addiction include:
- Constant identification of new symptoms
- Decreased appetite
- Disappearance of household medication
- Mood swings
- Regular doctor’s appointments for more medication
- Suicidal ideation
- Weight loss
How Bayview Recovery Can Help You Overcome Your Prescription Drug Dependency
If you are suffering from prescription drug dependency, you will require a medically-supervised detox and professional drug rehabilitation and therapy to recover. Prescription drugs are no less dangerous than their street counterparts, and very few individuals succeeding in stopping their drug use on their own. Further, a failed attempt to quit can bring with it intense withdrawal symptoms which users won’t be able to manage on their own or more serious problems, such as overdose, coma or even death.
A successful recovery will require a tailored treatment solution that focuses on your individual needs and challenges. Bayview Recovery offers just this kind of highly-focused patient care. Individualized rehab can give you the support, tools and strategies you will need to avoid future drug use long-term. Our facility’s competent staff and high staffing ratio ensure you will receive the help you need, get healthy and start living a drug-free life again.
Call Bayview Recovery today at 855.478.3650. One of the addiction specialists can verify your insurance coverage and get you started on a path to recovery right now.