Prescription Drugs

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Are Prescription Drugs Addictive?


If you wonder about the severity of the prescription drug problem in the U.S., consider this one sobering statistic: in 2019, there were 4.2 billion prescriptions dispensed across the country, according to a report by Statista. With that many drugs available in homes and hospitals, it’s no wonder that 18 million people acknowledged that they have misused prescription drugs in the past 12 months.

More people misuse prescription drugs than meth, cocaine and heroin combined, a study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found. This is due in part to the fact they are so readily available, and in part because many people have the mistaken perception that prescription drugs are less dangerous than other drugs simply because they can often be obtained legally.

People misuse prescription drugs for two primary reasons. One, it’s not uncommon for someone with a medical complaint (such as pain) to take drugs that were prescribed for someone else. Those who have learned that they can get high by taking certain prescription drugs regardless of whether they need them for pain or any other medical reason.

Despite being prescribed by professionals at an alarmingly high rate, prescription medicines are incredibly dangerous when abused.

The Most Commonly Abused Prescriptions

Opioids: Used primarily to manage pain (Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, Demerol)

Stimulants: Most commonly used to treat ADHD (Ritalin, Adderall XR, Concerta, Dexedrine, Mydayis)

Depressants: Used primarily to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders (Xanax, Ambien, Valium, Seconal, Amytyl)

Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction

When someone develops an addiction to prescription drugs, they often exhibit several behavioral changes that should be taken as a sign they need professional treatment. Among the signs to watch for:

There are physical symptoms, as well, depending on the type of drug being used. Among them:


  • Euphoria
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Loss of coordination


  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of concentration
  • Confusion
  • Trouble standing or walking
  • Slowed breathing


  • Feeling high
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Reduced appetite
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Reduced appetite

Your Individualized Recovery Plan

Sometimes the first step on your recovery journey is the hardest – admitting that you have a drug problem and reaching out for professional help. At our rehab centers, before your treatment begins we conduct a thorough assessment of your physical and mental well-being.

Each of our rehabilitation facilities in Florida, California, Texas, and Colorado, are staffed with teams of physicians, therapists and counselors, who are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.

We explore your history of misusing prescription drugs and identify any co-occurring mental health issues that may contribute to your addiction. Armed with all this information, we then assemble a personalized recovery plan to meet your unique situation and needs.

We Provide the Entire Spectrum of Treatment

If you require an inpatient medical detox, our clinical staff is trained to help you cope with withdrawal symptoms by providing around-the-clock care and approved medications to lessen the severity of the symptoms as your body is slowly cleansed of drugs.

After detox, your rehab continues with therapies and other treatments that our team has selected to help you beat your addiction to prescription drugs. Using evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy and others, we uncover the root causes of your addiction. We help you identify and understand negative behaviors and thoughts that prompt you to use drugs and show you how to find healthy solutions for dealing with these triggers without using.

It’s also important to understand that your recovery journey doesn’t end when you complete rehab and leave our treatment center. We provide aftercare programs that offer the ongoing support and guidance you need to stay off prescription drugs for good and avoid relapse. We’re dedicated to helping you achieve a lasting recovery and a healthier, happier life.

Call Niznik Behavioral Health today and get help for your prescription drug addiction!

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