What can I do to combat prescription drug abuse? There are wide variety of prescription drugs prescribed for many different conditions and problems. Some, like Xanax and Valium, are depressants that make people relax. Others, like Adderall and Ritalin, are stimulants that excite brain activity, driving focus and motivation. There are also opiates, one of the strongest pain relievers, which are one of the most addictive substances available. Each prescription drug affects us differently but there is a tragic statistic that applies to each: we’re addicted to them. All across the country prescription drug addiction is on the rise. Each drug seems to have its own niche market… its own demographic that abuses it most. But they all are addictive, and America has found this out the hard way. Click here to learn why being sober and staying away from prescription drugs is just a better lifestyle.
Why People Abuse Prescription Drugs
Depending on the substance of choice, people abuse prescriptions for a number of reasons. Some people are looking for an easy and, seemingly, safe high. Stimulants like Adderall are popular with those who have something to get done, like college students and business people. The most tragic situation occurs when normal people get hooked on the prescription they were given to deal with their chronic pain. Not everyone gets addicted because he or she wanted to get high. However, one thing is for certain: if you abuse your prescription pills long enough, you will probably get hooked. When you do, you will need professional help.
Women Abusing Prescriptions More than Ever
One group that has been abusing prescription drugs more than ever is women. From 1999 to 2010, women showed a greater increase in the number of prescription pain pill-related deaths than men. But its not just opiates that are the problem. Women have been abusing stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall more than ever, using the drugs’ stimulating effects to be more productive at home and at work. Drug abuse is not confined to “junkies in the street.” Anyone from any walk of life can get hooked on drugs, and America has seen evidence of that in recent years. Read about how one judge asked women to stay away from drugs here.
What to do if You Need Help
What should I do if I can’t control my prescription drug abuse? The best course of action is to admit you have a problem, and learn about your options for treatment. Having medical supervision is crucial to a successful detoxification, and the experts at Banyan Treatment Center are some of the best out there. Don’t go the path alone. Let the seasoned drug treatment professionals at Banyan Treatment Center guide you to freedom from prescription drug addiction. Click here to learn more about our addiction treatment for women.