Delaware (DE) Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction Treatment Centers

When someone uses prescription drugs in ways that are not prescribed by the doctor, it is referred to as prescription drug abuse. Sedatives, anti-depressants, cough syrups, stimulants and sedatives are some of the prescription drugs that are most commonly misused.

On the Rise

In recent years, prescription drug abuse has increased alarmingly. Today it has become a major health issue. Every day we hear incidents of people dying from accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Many people start misusing prescription drugs thinking that they are safer than other illegal drugs like, cocaine or marijuana. Many people are under the mistaken belief that prescription drugs are safe, because they have been prescribed by the doctor. However, the reality is that abuse of prescription drugs has severe side effects, and even fatal.

On a very general level, symptoms of prescription side effects include anxiety, suicidal tendencies, mood swings, hyperactive, and erratic behavior. However, each type of prescription drug abuse has certain side effects. A basic understanding of these side effects can help us understand the serious consequences associated with prescription drug abuse.

Side Effects

Opioid painkillers are a category of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused. Opioid painkillers include Oxycodone (OxyContin), Morphine, and Hydrocodone (Vicodin). Side effects of these drugs include:

  • Mental confusion
  • Depression
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Decrease in respiration rate
  • High risk of choking
  • Infertility
  • Decrease in breathing rate. Sometimes the breathing stops altogether.

Stimulants, which include Methylphenidate and Ritalin, are another category of prescription drugs that are commonly misused. Their side effects include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Feeling irritating
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors or seizures

Sedatives and tranquilizers form another category of prescription drugs that are commonly abused by people. Abuse of these prescription drugs can have the following side effects:

  • Feeling confused
  • Constant feeling of drowsiness
  • Unsteady gait
  • Impaired judgment
  • Coma or death from overdose
  • Memory loss
  • Problem in temperature regulation

Counseling

It is obvious that these prescription drugs have severe side effects. Thus it is very important to seek treatment as soon as possible. The first step in seeking Delaware drug treatment is accepting that you have a problem. There are various types of treatments that are available such as medical and counseling.

Counseling is very helpful in helping people understand the causes of drug abuse. Moreover, it helps people understand the skills that they need to prevent it from recurring.

It is important to understand that treatment for prescription drug abuse takes time, thus one should be patient. With the support of family and friends, recovery is easy and there is less chance of recurrence.

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