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Signs of Prescription Pill Addiction

Signs of Prescription Pill Addiction

There are countless reasons medical professionals prescribe pills, such as opioids and benzos.

Sadly, these drugs can be highly addictive, with users abusing their prescription and taking the pills off-label. As addiction intensifies, users may turn to illegal drugs to fill the gaps left behind when their RX runs out or doesn’t supply the number of pills needed to quell withdrawals.

When prescription pill addiction takes over, the situation can quickly worsen. Illegal versions of many prescription pills contain deadly levels of opioids, resulting in heightened danger. Painkiller addiction and benzo addiction are responsible for a quadruple increase in RX drug overdose deaths among young adults. [1] Young adults are the biggest abusers of prescription pills, with opioids and benzos leading the pack of most abused prescription drugs. [1] Getting a loved one help for their addiction starts with understanding common signs of prescription pill addiction.

Signs of Benzo Addiction

Benzos are prescription pills used to treat issues such as bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental health issues. As with other prescription pills, benzos can be dangerous when abused. Signs of benzo addiction include:

  • Confusion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Taking more than prescribed
  • Taking pills more often than prescribed
  • Deteriorating memory problems
  • Double vision
  • Weight changes
  • Running out of prescriptions before they are due
  • Mood changes
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness

Signs of Painkiller Addiction

Painkillers are opioids that are highly addictive. Young adults dealing with painkiller addiction need treatment quickly before the problems get worse. Signs of painkiller addiction include:

  • Mood swings
  • Taking the painkillers more than prescribed
  • Nodding off, increased drowsiness
  • Blackouts
  • Running out of painkillers before the refill date
  • Track marks
  • Increased sensitivity

Treating Prescription Pill Addiction

Our facility for drug treatment in Boston can assist with treating prescription pill addiction. We offer PHP addiction treatment, benzo treatment, heroin treatment, and comprehensive support programs to help patients overcome their dependency on prescription drugs.

If you see signs of benzo or painkiller addiction in yourself or a loved one, it is time to reach out for help. Call 888-280-4763 to speak with an admissions counselor.


  1. NIH – Abuse of Prescription Drugs Affects Young Adults the Most
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
Signs of Prescription Pill Addiction
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