The Slippery Slope of Prescription Pills and Addiction

Posted on 22. Jan, 2014 by in Alcohol & Drug Abuse

For many people, prescription drugs are an everyday necessity.  Unfortunately, sometimes people take these drugs not out of medical need, but because they have become physically or mentally dependent on them.  It is important for anyone who uses prescription drugs to respect how easy it can be to develop a debilitating prescription addiction.

Many addictive prescription drugs contain opiates, which are painkillers that create a positive feeling in the brain.  People who develop prescription addictions often move from taking these drugs to achieve a good feeling to taking them to avoid the low feeling that comes from being sober. Many prescription drugs release endorphins or other chemicals that the brain normally produces, and over time, the brain will stop producing those chemicals.  People who quit prescriptions will often feel physically sick, anxious, or depressed, which increases their inclination to keep taking the prescription.

Individual disposition can also lead to prescription drug addiction.  Unfortunately, some people’s brains are physically primed for addictive behavior, and many people are unaware of this tendency until they find themselves dependent on a substance.  The best way to steer clear of a prescription addiction is to avoid pushing the limits and only take prescriptions as they are intended.  If you start feeling the urge to take them for other purposes, it is best to talk to your doctor about trying a different prescription.

The accessibility of prescription drugs is a final factor that can increase the risk of abuse.  When prescription drug abuse stems from a legitimate prescription, getting more of the drug is easy and risk-free.  With insurance coverage, these drugs can even be fairly affordable.  This removes some of the legal and financial incentive that people addicted to other narcotics would have to quit.

Sadly, many people discover too late that they are inclined to addiction, and prescription addiction can be particularly difficult to fight because the drugs are so accessible and habit-forming.  This is why it is so important for anyone with an addiction to prescription drugs to seek counseling, rehabilitative services, or other forms of outside help.

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