Pain pill addiction is caused by prescription drug abuse, which is the excess use of prescribed medication in a way not intended by the doctor. Some people’s addiction starts when their doctor prescribes them medicine to treat pain, such as back pain, and they begin to crave it every day. When a person doesn’t have any pain pills, they may turn to a friend or family member for their dosage. Some people end up snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high.
Drug abuse may be compulsive and ongoing, despite the negative consequences. Pain pill addiction affects all age groups, including teenagers. The most commonly used prescribed pills include anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, stimulants, and opioid painkillers.
Symptoms of pain pill addiction depend on the specific drug. Here’s an in-depth breakdown of the symptoms from the most commonly abused prescription drugs:
Opioid addiction symptoms:
Anti-anxiety medication addiction symptoms:
Stimulants addiction symptoms:
Other red flags for all types of pill addiction:
Some people try to avoid taking prescribed medications out of fear of becoming addicted. However, a person can reduce their risk of addiction by carefully following their doctor’s instructions. Risk factors for prescription drug abuse include:
Prescription drug abuse often results in a host of problems, and it can even lead to death. People who want to turn their lives around have several treatment options, but the most effective treatment modality for pain pill addiction is staying at an inpatient treatment center.
These centers have specialized programs for individuals suffering from this type of substance use. Furthermore, a person can safely detoxify in a supervised environment. A holistic program can help a person identify the root cause of their drug use by incorporating individual and group counseling and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Steps Recovery Centers guarantee that any person who completes any of our programs are welcome to come to our weekly aftercare group for additional support at no charge for life.