Addicted to Prescription Drugs

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It is a sad fact that in separate 2019 studies it was found that 20% of Americans & 1 in 4 Brits are addicted to prescription drugs.

Medicines that initially were prescribed for legitimate reasons are now being used nonmedically and have left their users with a long-term addiction problem, often ending with severe consequences.

This has led to an increase in deaths from accidental overdoses and more admissions to treatment programs for patients addicted to prescription medication.
The most common types of addictive prescription drugs fall into the following three categories -
Painkillers – these usually come in the form of an opioid such as Codeine, Morphine, Tramadol, Fentanyl or Oxycodone (to name a few). They work by supressing the bodies reaction to pain and can give feelings of euphoria.

Sedatives – (also known as depressants) benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax, non-benzodiazepine sleeping pills like Ambien or barbiturates such as Luminal & Nembutal. Sedatives are often used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety.

Stimulants – such as Dexedrine, Adderall or Ritalin, normally used to treat disorders such as ADHD. These drugs can give a feeling of exhilaration, increased energy levels and mental alertness. Stimulants are also often used as an appetite suppressant.

Abusing any of the above can lead to an addiction problem, with sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Any form of drug abuse can have adverse medical effects; lowered or raised blood pressure, problems with the heart and other organs. Nausea, vomiting, and a lack of interest in food. Increased panic, anxiety & paranoia.
Some addicts are able to hide physical symptoms for a while but over time people closest to them will begin to see a change in behaviour, often resulting in increased secrecy and isolation on the users part.

Any prescription medication can be abused. If you are taking more than prescribed by your Doctor, taking medication prescribed for someone else or taking medication to produce a feeling of euphoria - then you could have a problem.

Or is it possible that someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs?

If you think you or a family member have a problem contact our professional addiction specialist team, Phoenix Programmes, on their confidential helpline +34 685 582 150

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