How to Spot Prescription Drug Abuse Symptoms
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has stated that an estimated 52 million individuals exhibit prescription drug abuse symptoms at least once in their lifetime. A recent survey found that 1 in 12 high school seniors reported non-medical use of prescription drugs.
With 1 in 20 of the same students reporting non-medical use of drugs such as OxyContin, it’s clear that there’s an epidemic in this country where abuse of prescription drugs is concerned. If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from abuse of prescription medication, seeking help is greatly advised.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to spotting and treating abuse of prescription medication:
General Prescription Drug Abuse Symptoms
There are a variety of physical symptoms to be aware of when attempting to assess whether individuals have been regularly abusing prescription medication. They may show constant disorientation or drowsiness. They may show obvious signs of not feeling pain at normal levels or complain of bone pain when they are withdrawing. Insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and chills for days may also occur if withdrawal has begun.
Individuals who abuse prescription substances may suffer from:
- Poor Memory
- Slurred Speech
- Poor Coordination
- Pupil Dilation
Prescription Drug Abuse Symptoms Specific to Younger Individuals
Younger individuals with access to prescription medication often show warning signs that are more social in nature. If they withdraw from family and friends or are openly hostile and angry, abuse may be occurring. They may cry openly for attention, no longer take care of their appearance, or begin to suffer from poor grades. Many younger individuals abusing prescription substances also suffer from irregular sleep patterns as well.
Unfortunately, it can be very easy to chalk up these warning signs to what can normally be expected during adolescence. While potentially embarrassing, it may ultimately save young people’s lives to have them assessed for drug abuse if too many of these warning signs are present.
Traveling for treatment is often advised for younger individuals seeking sobriety. Stepping away from their everyday environment is an excellent way to ensure that they don’t immediately relapse. In new surroundings, they’ll be able to build up the skills they need to break down their harmful habits and replace them with the tools required to stay sober.
Treatment For Prescription Drug Abuse
Many individuals being treated for prescription drug abuse will receive evidence-based treatment methods as part of their treatment program. These methods can be tailored to the needs of any individual in treatment and have been proven to be effective when combating patterned drug abuse. Commonly, these include:
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Family Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Medically Monitored Detox for Men and Women
- Alumni Programs
Situated in Jacksonville, Florida, Lakeview Health is a premier drug rehabilitation facility offering family and individual programs. Our drug and alcohol rehab center uses a multidisciplinary approach to healing. With a focus on treating the whole body, Lakeview Health will work hard to help you reach sobriety. Experienced professionals will also help you develop the skills you’ll need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The best way to begin living a sober lifestyle is with the help of a professional drug rehab. There’s no better time to begin seeking services than today. Call 866-704-7692 and take your first step toward breaking yourself away from your addiction.