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4 Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Drug addiction doesn’t always begin with recreational drugs. Many people, especially chronic pain patients, become addicted to prescription drugs even when they’re taking according to a doctor’s prescription. The most abused prescription drugs are opioids, depressants, and stimulants.


If you have heard of OxyContin, that is what Oxycodone is. Since it is a time-release tablet used to manage pain, experts assumed that the potential for abuse is low.

But many users snort or inject the medication to bypass the time-release. This increases the likelihood of addiction because some brain chemicals may rise and fall more rapidly.


Hydrocodone is similar to oxycodone and available in direct-release form. This is the drug that is used to make lean, a drink with soda and hard candy. Since there is no control over dosage, it is dangerous to take the medication in this form. And increasing the intake can quickly cause a drug overdose.


Benzodiazepines slow the nervous system down to reduce anxiety, so that you can calm down and/or sleep. Common benzodiazepines are Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium.

Many people combine benzos with alcohol which can cause a dangerous drop in heart and respiration rates.


Ritalin and Adderall are stimulants that boost levels of dopamine (the feel-good chemical) in the brain. Some people may use prescription stimulants to help them concentrate or focus or pull an all-nighter. Since stimulants can also make you feel more social and confident, a large number of people are now using them recreationally.

Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

Leading rehabs, such as Pacific Bay Recovery in San Diego, can help you get rid of your prescription drug dependence with non-drug pain management. You can select from the following programs:

  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Inpatient program
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy


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