Not What the Doc Ordered: Prescription Drug Abuse

There are drugs that are prescribed to patients for treating certain conditions, but when someone starts to use them in a way that was not advised by the doctor, then that is a problem. Some would even take drugs prescribed for someone else or take drugs for a reason other than for treatment. Prescription drugs are one of the most frequently abused substances, along with marijuana and alcohol.

One of the reasons for drug abuse is because some people find the effects stimulating and they would start craving for it even when they do not really need it. It can get to a point where people cannot control their ability to make sound decisions anymore and the medicine ultimately affects their life in a negative way; so much so that they take extreme measures such as stealing prescription medicines from family and friends to sustain their addiction.

The three types of prescription drugs that are known to be most popularly abused are:

Oploids – examples include painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin

Stimulants – such as Ritalin or Adderall

Depressants – such as Xanax or Valium

Treatment for drug abuse includes medications that are not addictive and can help fight the symptoms of prescription drug addiction. The drugs used for this include naltrexone, buprenorphine, and methadone. Cognitive behavioral therapy is usually accompanied with the aforementioned drugs to ensure success in the treatment of patients.


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