Statistics show that some the most "addictive" prescription drugs are opiates, central nervous system depressants and stimulants. According to the National Library of Medicine, 20 percent of the population in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non medical purposes. The Centers for Disease Control reports that everyday 100 people die from prescription drug overdose.
Although prescription drug overdose differs with the type of drug used, the symptoms for overuse vary but may include insomnia, irrational behavior and mood swings, however the long term effects from overdose could be far reaching. The prescription drugs that are overused most commonly are Opiate pain medicines, sedatives and anti anxiety medicines and stimulants.
Opiates are painkillers. The most addictive prescription opiates are Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Demerol, Codeine, Fentanyl and Morphine. The side effects of overuse are constipation, sweating, depression, confusion, coordination problems, low blood pressure decrease in breathing.Sedatives and Anti Anxiety
Prescription sedatives and anti anxiety medications such as Xanax, Valium, Lunesta and Ambien are used to treat anti anxiety and sleep disorders. The side effects from overuse of sedative and anti anxiety prescription medication may include drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, loss of coordination, impaired judgment and memory loss.
Prescribed for ADHD and certain sleep disorders, Ritalin and Adderall are two of the most overused of the stimulants. Side effects of stimulant overuse include irritability and agitation, high blood pressure, irregular body temperatures, irregular heart rate, seizures and paranoia.
When any of these prescription medications are taken for long periods of time, in frequent amounts, there is a risk for developing a tolerance to the medication. As a result of tolerance developing, the individual may self medicate and increase the amount they are taking of the drug which may increase the potential for physical dependency or drug overdose.
Some individuals may develop behavior that they normally would not do such as become violent, doctor shopping to get more of the drug, habitually losing their prescription to get another prescription and more medication, panhandling, stealing and selling or pawning items to get money for more drugs. It is not uncommon for people to order medication online from other countries. In some dire cases, individuals may trade sexual favors to secure more the most addictive prescription drugs out there today.
The reasons that people give for using drugs are as varied as the drugs they use. Some individuals indicate that they use drugs to increase their mood and to either calm down or relax their inhibitions. Students use drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to help them focus on their academics and to be more at ease socially. Still others use prescription drugs to escape their reality and simply to get high.
If you have an addiction to prescription drugs and need help, there are several different types of rehab treatment and alternative programs available. Freedom Model Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that uses self change to help guests make positive choices and to develop enhancing habits and behaviors for a more purposeful life.