Early recognition of the signs of prescription drug abuse and addiction is vital to ensure that the person suffering can get help at the earliest possible stage, and to increase the chances of a successful recovery.
If you or someone you love is engaging in the following behaviors, he or she may be misusing prescription drugs.
Have other people criticised your prescription drug use?
Has your prescription drug use led to arguments or disagreements with significant others?
Have you ever felt annoyed when someone has questioned your prescription drug use?
Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your prescription drug consumption?
Have family commented on your mood-swings or hostility?
Do you find yourself being secretive about your prescription drug use?
Has your prescription drug habit led to problems with work, finances or legal issues?
Going to great lengths to obtain the drugs:
Have you ever taken more prescription drugs that have been prescribed by a doctor?
Have you attempted to get prescriptions from more than one doctor?
Have you pretended to lose prescriptions in order to request additional prescriptions?
Do you ask for repeat prescriptions early?
Have you engaged in stealing, selling, or forging prescriptions in order to obtain prescription drugs?
Have you bought or attempted to buy prescription medicines online from dubious sellers?
Side-effects and tolerance to prescription drugs abuse:
Have you found it difficult to cut down or stop your prescription drug use?
Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms when stopping/reducing the drug or between doses?
Do you find yourself taking other medications to alleviate side effects of prescription drugs?
Do you need to increasing doses to give you the same effect?
Are you continuing to take the drug despite actual or likely negative consequences?
Have you continued to take prescription drugs even though you knew it was making you feel depressed or anxious?
Do you take prescription drugs in order to feel their mood-altering effects, rather than for their intended use?
Do you mix prescription drugs with other substances e.g. alcohol, in order to feel stronger mood-altering effects?
Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab
Talk to your doctor if you think you have a problem with prescription drug use, or visit one of the free self-help groups available, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Many people who are addicted to prescription drugs require treatment in a residential rehab clinic where there is access to 24-hour medical care, supervised prescription drug detox and a daily routine of individual counselling and group therapy sessions.
We provide a comprehensive rehab treatment programme for prescription drug abuse.
Contact our team at Castle Craig for information on admissions.