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Overcoming Prescription Drug Abuse

December 7th, 2011

Prescription drug abuse is not new to me. I struggled with a severe addiction to prescriptions that almost took my life. It started out innocently enough with pain pills that I was legally prescribed for an operation and grew into something much more damaging.

At 20 years old I was using upward of $80.00 of OxyContin a day, stealing to support my habit and truly unable to handle myself or anything around me. I alienated my friends and family and completely lost touch with who I really was.

The statistics indicate that I was not alone in my problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) over 52 million Americans have abused prescription medications by using these drugs non-medically at some point in their lifetime and the Director of NIDA has labeled prescription drug abuse as a major public health concern.

I can attest that this prescription drug abuse was something that grabbed hold of me and would not let go. It got so bad that I could not get out of bed in the morning without a pain pill.

For the many who have abused prescription drugs, the addiction can start out in two primary ways:
• An individual can come down with an injury or illness and are prescribed these drugs. They then become addicted to them.
• An individual starts abusing these drugs in the same manner as most illicit drugs and gets hooked on them.

No matter the route, the addiction starts out as a solution to a problem. With my addiction personally I started taking the meds to handle the pain after my operation. My body became physically addicted to them and I couldn’t stop. I felt like I needed them to participate in everyday life.

Drugs like OxyContin, Vicoden, Loritab, and even Adderall, Xanax and Soma are some of the most abused drugs on the market right now. Along with addiction these drugs carry many side effects.

In my personal experience the only way to stop using them is through treatment. I was lucky enough to get help through a prescription drug rehab program and have been clean now for over 10 years.

For anyone who is abusing these drugs I recommend the following:
1. Find out as much information as you can about the dangers of prescriptions and prescription drug abuse.
2. Locate an effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that will not prescribe more drugs and get some help for the problem.

It is very possible to survive prescription drug addiction with treatment.

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