Prescription drugs can relieve pain and treat the symptoms of illness. However, they sometimes lead to drug abuse. Many of our clients at Fresh Start Recovery Center in Maryland struggle with substance use disorders for benzodiazepines, opioids, barbiturates, and stimulants, even if they’ve been prescribed these medications by a doctor. It’s important to understand how these substances can make you vulnerable to addiction and to seek help at a drug rehab if you suspect you have a problem.
Prescription Drugs That May Lead to Addiction
It’s important to understand the dangers of each of these drugs. That may help you avoid drug abuse after receiving a legitimate prescription or illicit drug use.
1. Opioid Prescription Painkillers
Painkillers, or opioids, are the most commonly misused prescriptions. Opioid use disorder has become a public health crisis as many people become addicted after receiving a valid prescription from their doctor.
Some of the most popular opioids include the following:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- Oxymorphone (Opana)
These medications act as pain relievers and impact breathing and emotional control. Taking opioids often leaves you feeling euphoric, but these substances are highly addictive and often lead to drug abuse. Taking these drugs on and off a prescription increases your risk of addiction. In higher doses, they can lead to an overdose or breathing issues. Unfortunately, many people mix them with alcohol and other drugs, making them even more dangerous.
We provide opioid drug rehab to help you overcome your addiction.
2. Anxiety Medications (Benzodiazepines)
If you suffer from anxiety, your doctor may prescribe benzodiazepines, which treat insomnia, anxiety, seizures, and panic attacks.
The brand names for these medications include the following:
Anxiety medications are helpful across a wide spectrum of health concerns, but they often lead to drug abuse.
The side effects of benzodiazepines include the following:
- Slurred speech
- Vision problems
- Slow breathing
- Lack of coordination
- Memory loss
People sometimes mix benzodiazepines with other drugs, which can lead to unpredictable reactions. The withdrawal symptoms of Xanax can threaten your life. Therefore, we advise clients to seek a benzo detox center for supervised care and support.
Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic medications that some physicians prescribe for seizure disorders, anxiety, and anesthesia.
The most commonly abused barbiturates include the following:
These medications bring on sleep and relaxation. How long the effects last depends on the dosage and type of drug taken. However, barbiturates pose a danger due to the difficulty and prescribing the right amount. Life-threatening side effects of using barbiturates include a coma or death.
Similar to benzos, barbiturates include potentially life-threatening withdrawal signs such as hallucinations, tremors, and seizures. Therefore, it’s important to stop using drugs under medical supervision, such as that available in a detox center.
Medical professionals sometimes prescribe stimulants to treat ADHD in order to help children or adults to concentrate. These medications calm an erratic mind. Stimulants are often prescribed for children and teenagers and have a high rate of abuse. For example, students might use them to keep awake in order to study. Unfortunately, this can lead to sleep disorders and addiction.
Common stimulants include the following brands:
- Adderall (Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine)
- Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine)
- Ritalin (Methylphenidate)
- Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate)
Drug Addiction Treatment in Maryland
Fresh Start Recovery Center in Maryland offers several options for drug rehab for prescription drugs, including the following:
- Men’s rehab center
- Women’s rehab center
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Outpatient treatment program
- Aftercare program
If you need help recovering from prescription drug addiction, contact us at 833.625.0398 for information on our detox and recovery centers in Maryland. We can help you move past this dark time in your life and overcome your substance use disorder.