Soul Surgery Rehab for Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction is a complex problem that affects every aspect of a person’s life. There are many types of prescription drugs that people can become addicted to. Each one causes different issues for the individual using them. It can be difficult not just for the person suffering from prescription drug addiction, but also for their friends and family to know how each one affects them.
Statistics and Demographics of Prescription Drug Addiction
The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that each year an estimated 18 million people misuse prescription drugs. That is nearly one in ten people aged 12 and older. With an average close to 5,500 people misusing prescription drugs for the first time each day, prescription drug addiction is a growing problem in America.
Although all demographics vary widely, particularly vulnerable populations include older people as well as adolescents and young adults. In young people, the highest rate of prescription drug abuse is among those aged 18-25, with more than one in ten using prescription drugs recreationally. Adolescents aged 12-17 have a rate closer to one in twenty.
Older people are more at risk for prescription drug addiction because they are often already taking multiple prescription medications each day. Those over 55 are at a higher risk of death from prescription drug abuse due to age-related illnesses and changes in their metabolisms. Having a higher rate of other medications and supplements that may interact with prescription drugs is also a concern among this generation.
Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are from three groups: opioids, stimulants, and central nervous system (CNS) depressants.
Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. They are highly addictive and produce a euphoric feeling similar to the high of heroin. Signs of opioid abuse include euphoria, slurred speech, lethargy, and difficulty breathing. Opioids include drugs such as:
- Codeine – usually prescribed for light to moderate pain, oftentimes for a severe cold or the flu.
- Demerol (Meperidine) – A synthetic opioid, Demerol is used to treat severe pain.
- Fentanyl – A synthetic opioid. Fentanyl is often prescribed for pain caused by cancer. It is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and highly addictive; it can cause hallucinations and night terrors.
Stimulants can produce a high that makes the person feel energized and alert. Signs of stimulant abuse include an abundance of energy, angry outbursts or unexplained mood swings, paranoia, rapid weight loss, and dilated pupils. Common stimulants include:
- Adderall (Amphetamine) – commonly prescribed for ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy. Adderall is often abused by people who want to “concentrate better” or stay awake. High school and college students, as well as people who work for long shifts, are at a higher risk of abusing Adderall
- Ritalin (Methylphenidate) – Similar to Adderall, Ritalin is often prescribed for ADD and ADHD.
Central nervous system depressants include barbiturates and benzodiazepines (commonly referred to as “benzos”). Signs of CNS depressant abuse include drowsiness, forgetfulness, slurred speech, loss of coordination and dizziness. CNS depressants include:
- Xanax (Alprazolam) – Xanax is usually used to treat panic and anxiety disorders.
- Klonopin (Clonazepam) – Klonopin is a benzodiazepine, used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, as well as seizures.
- Valium (Diazepam) – like Klonopin, Valium is a benzodiazepine, often misused because of its relaxing effect.
Causes of Prescription Drug Addiction
The causes of prescription drug addiction are as varied as the people suffering from addiction. Many times, prescription drug addiction simply stems from access. Sometimes prescription drug addiction can start just because someone was prescribed medication for surgery or illness. The withdrawal symptoms or feelings they experienced were enough to make them seek more of the medication. No one is immune from becoming addicted; it can happen to anyone no matter their race, age, income level, or personality. You do not have to be weak to become addicted to prescription drugs.
Why Choose Soul Surgery Rehab
Soul Surgery Rehab is designed to equip you or your loved one with the tools needed to overcome addiction and stay sober. Soul Surgery Rehab is a safe, relaxing space where you can focus solely on healing your body, mind, and soul so that you are able to not only get sober but stay sober once you return home. Give us a call for help with prescription drug addiction.