12 Dec How To Know If You Have A Prescription Pain Drug Addiction
About 15 million US residents are victims of prescription drug addiction at any given time while at least a quarter of them fit the criteria for prescription drug addiction treatment and rehab. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the country has a population of over 52 million Americans who resorted to prescription drug use without any medical need between 12 years of age and now. Almost 90 percent poisoning deaths are attributed to these drugs.
Opioid pain killers account for the maximum number of prescription drug addiction incidents, even higher than cocaine and heroin cases combined together. Stimulants, antidepressants and non-opioid pain killers are other prescription drugs that are widely abused leading to dependency and deaths. The misconception that these drugs are “safer than illegal street drugs” is the key driver for this addiction problem, claims a report by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Drug Addiction
- Increased Usage and Self-Medication
Once addicted, a person resorts to frequent and increased dosage and self-medication. As the body grows accustomed to the drug, the level of tolerance increases with the prescribed dose showing diminished effects. If a patient increases his dose or continues ongoing use without consulting doctors, it is understood that he is no longer getting relief and his body demands an increased dosage. Frequent self-medication following long use of prescription drug also highlights the fact that the patient has become addicted to drug and needs at the slightest pretext.
- Personality Change
Sudden changes in appearance and behavior pattern also indicate drug dependency. Observe one for mood swing, sudden shift in personality traits, increased psychological uncertainty, lack of concentration and loosening energy levels to carry out daily responsibilities. Addiction may result in craving for a drug and the addict exhibit more-pronounced symptoms related to the disorder the drug intend to cure. Everything becomes secondary to the need for that drug.
- Psychological Signs
- Social withdrawal and reduced interaction with family and friends
- Depression, aggressive behavior, agitated mentality, being paranoid or suicidal
- Preference for isolation over social interaction
- Exhibition of hostility, irritation, anger and agitation
- Disturbed psychology and inability to focus
- Anxiety and confusion
- Inability to understand and concentrate
- Emotional craving for the prescribed drug
- Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle and behavioral changes are first visible in daily routine and habits. Addicts give up interests and hobbies due to psychological disturbances. Suddenly, everything becomes secondary to the drug consumption and addicts become preoccupied in getting that. Many of them may even commit unthinkable actions to get the drug. School and job neglect become more and more pronounced.
The addict may appear to be with bad temper, jittered and physically dropped. He or she becomes hostile to anyone trying to control drug use. Appearance deteriorates and lack of freshness is discernible. Disregard for rules, family regulations and education is quite common. Even eating and sleeping habits change.
- Negligence Toward Responsibilities
The attraction of the prescription drug becomes so big that the addict neglects all other responsibilities. The negligence is partly due to lack of focus and partly because of the addict’s willingness to consider it secondary. He or she shows extremely stimulated behavior even for minor causes and skip school, household chores and office frequently.
- Negative Attitude and Physical Condition
An addict turns more negative in his style, approach and life. The “sick” persona is reflected in increased sensitivity, blackouts and defensiveness. He or she overly reacts to normal emotions or sounds. The medication usage continues even after the healing or improvement in the medical condition and there is frequent feeling of the disease. It is common to see them rejecting any help, attempting to conceal their dependency and becoming increasingly defensive when questioned about the drug use. Other signs and symptoms may include,
- withdrawal-like symptoms
- muscle and bone pain if the drug is denied
- insomnia and sleeping disorder
- blackouts and forgetfulness
- poor memory and speech problem
- potential motor coordination difficulties
- loss of agility and slowed, unsteady movement
- drowsy or intoxicated appearance
- loss of manners, disorientation and irregular blood pressure
- poor judgment and lack of decision-making
Who Are At Risk of Prescription Drug Addiction
Men, women and teen-age school students — all are equally at the risk of prescription drug abuse. In fact, the incident is higher among women. According to the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, there has been 415 percent rise in opioid pain reliever overdose among women compared to 250 percent among men in the last one decade. The abuse starts as early as 12 years of age. In the last seven years, there has been a 132 percent increase in prescription drug abuse. Those using the medication for long time, going for doctor shopping or getting prescription drugs easily from various sources are at the enhanced risks of prescription drug addiction.
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