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Hints That You Have Prescription Drug Addiction
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Sometimes, people may be caught unaware that they have already developed a prescription drug addiction. If someone is using medication more than what their doctor prescribed, or they are using it for other purposes other than medication, it is more likely that the person has developed a prescription drug addiction.

When a person is abusing a painkiller for example, a person may increase its dosage of taking by taking it more frequently or taking more than what was prescribed. A person may also take a medication for another reason, such as taking it when he or she gets irritated or bored.

Your doctor may notice that you are requesting more prescriptions even before your previous medications run out. Another way of spotting a prescription drug addiction is that a pharmacist may receive a falsely-written prescription, a tampered signature of the doctor and other details.

Tips for safe use of prescription medications:

  • Do not alter the dosage of the medication without consulting your doctor. Increasing or decreasing it can affect your condition.
  • Carefully follow the instructions on your prescription medication.
  • Do not break a tablet or pill.
  • Be honest with your doctor. Admit any history of drug addiction.
  • Know the effect of the drug that you are taking particularly when driving and doing other heavy tasks.
  • Do not permit other people to use your medications or attempt to use theirs.

Getting Help!

The good news is there are non-addictive medications that can help with prescription drug addiction. These medications neutralize the symptoms of addiction by controlling its effects on the mind and the body.

  • Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is usually mixed with naloxone and is used to treat opiate withdrawal to avoid a chance of relapse. For people who needs a constant dose of this medication, Buprenorphine can be implanted under the skin. It provides up to six months of medication.

  • methadone
  • blood pressure medicine clonidine
  • naltrexone

If you know someone who is battling prescription drug addiction, approach the person concerned and let him or her know that you are aware of the problem. Assure that you are ready to help and support.

They may deny the real thing or resist to submit themselves for treatment. Be ready for this, but do not give up on convincing them to have treatment.

You may also seek help from a medical professional on various treatment programs available. Some of the treatments are outpatient combined with behavioral therapy and medications.

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