It’s easy to assume prescription drugs are always safe – and when they’re taken as prescribed, they are. But if painkillers, benzodiazepine tranquilizers and sleeping pills are taken too long, recreationally, or used alongside other drugs like alcohol there is an intense risk of addiction and overdose. Overdoses from prescription drugs in the United States kill more people than car accidents.
Addiction is addiction, no matter what the substance is. Sovereign Health understands that, and is committed to offering effective, safe prescription drug addiction treatment at every one of its facilities. We treat addiction alongside addressing the mental disorders that may have pushed our patients into the trap of addiction, helping our patients achieve a lasting recovery.
Abusing Prescription Drugs
Prescription abuse can be as simple as taking a prescription drug when it’s no longer needed, or using someone else’s ADHD medication for a perceived edge before a test.
In more serious cases, prescriptions are often abused by grinding pills up and either snorting them or injecting them directly into the bloodstream. Both are extremely dangerous – many pills are designed to release their active ingredients gradually. When ingested by these methods, the user receives the full dose at once, creating a risk of overdose.
Even over-the-counter medicines can be abused. Many non-prescription cough medicines contain dextromethorphan (DXM), a cough suppressant which can have mind-altering effects when taken in large amounts. Unfortunately, large amounts of DXM can damage the liver as many medications with DXM also contain high doses of acetaminophen. High quantities of DXM can also cause the breathing to become dangerously slowed, the same cause of death from painkiller abuse.