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Causes of Prescription Drug Abuse

causes of prescription drug abuse

Prescription drugs are one of the leading addictions facing Americans today. It is increasingly common for people from all walks of life to abuse painkillers, benzos, and amphetamines. Prescription drug addiction can take a physical, psychological, and emotional toll on users, their families, and friends. Often, those struggling with addiction hide their habits from loved ones, making it more difficult to ask for help. Prescription drug treatment is the safest, most effective way to overcome addiction. People often attempt to quit cold turkey and often relapse or overdose.

If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug abuse and addiction, know you are not alone. The team at A Better State is here to help. We have the program for you with a range of outpatient dual diagnosis programs serving the New Hampshire area. Call us now at 781.412.1488 or visit us online today to learn more about our prescription drug treatment.

Common Signs Of Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Different prescription drugs affect the body differently. How painkillers affect pain receptors in the brain allows the body to build tolerance, meaning that a dose becomes less effective over time. Long-term use requires increased dosages. Benzos help people fall asleep and reduce anxiety. While helpful in the short term, long-term use can be detrimental to the brain. Amphetamines like Adderall help those with ADHD focus. However, when taken incorrectly, they act similarly to speed and other stimulants. All prescription drugs can be addictive.

If you suspect someone you know is struggling with prescription drug addiction, look for the following signs:

  • Changes in energy and day-to-day behavior
  • Hostility and aggression, especially relating to their medication
  • Mood swings, erratic behavior, and reactionary behavior
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep
  • Taking higher doses of a medication than prescribed
  • Drug-seeking behavior and lying about prescriptions
  • Confusion, anxiety, depression, and paranoia

Taking any prescription drug other than prescribed, taking someone else’s prescription, or getting illegal prescription drugs are all forms of prescription drug abuse. Combing prescriptions and taking medication with alcohol are also forms of abuse. Drug abuse often leads to addiction.

Causes of Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Some prescription doses can weaken over time as the body builds a tolerance. This is most common with prescription opioids. This means that the more often someone takes opioids, the less effective they become. It can be easy for those with chronic physical, emotional, and mental pain to abuse prescriptions. Co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder can also lead to prescription drug abuse. Unprocessed trauma and prolonged stress are also leading causes of prescription drug abuse. Unfortunately, a lack of mental healthcare education and access to mental health resources leads many people to self-medicate with prescription medications.

Begin Prescription Drug Addiction Recovery Today in New Hampshire

Unfortunately, daily stress, unprocessed trauma, and mental health issues can all lead to prescription drug addiction. While prescription drugs may seem safe and benign because doctors prescribe them, they can be just as addictive as illicit substances. If you or someone you love is struggling with self-medicating or self-soothing prescription medications, the staff at A Better State can help. Our trauma-informed outpatient programs provide comprehensive care that fits your schedule. Our staff is ready to help you recover from prescription drug addiction with PHP, IOP, and traditional outpatient options.

Learn More About Holistic Outpatient Care at A Better State Now

Each person will have a unique path to recovery. Holistic treatment and an outpatient program are two methods that can prove very effective in healing. Don’t let prescription drugs take over your life. Addiction is treatable. Call the team at A Better State now at 781.412.1488 to learn more about our programs and get started today.