Prescription drug addiction is one of the fastest growing diseases in the US. While many people develop addictions to substances due to reckless partying, many other addicts have never done anything riskier than filling a legitimate prescription. Many of the most commonly prescribed medications are highly addictive, including the following substances:
- Narcotic painkillers (hydrocodone, OxyContin, codeine and Demerol)
- Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and etc.)
- ADHD medications (Adderall and Ritalin)
- Sleeping aids
- Anabolic steroids
While unlikely, it is still possible for someone to become a drug addict even if she has no personal or family history of substance abuse or addiction, because some people are born with a biological predisposition toward chemical dependence. However, the following 3 tips will help you avoid becoming addicted to prescription drugs.
Be Transparent with Your Doctor
One of the first, most important steps in preventing prescription addiction is total transparency with your doctor. Regardless of the condition or injury you are being treated for, be sure to tell your doctor about any of the following issues:
- Any family history of substance abuse or addiction to drugs or alcohol
- Any personal history of drug or alcohol abuse or dependence
- Any personal or family history of psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder
- Any other medications you are currently taking
If your doctor knows as much about your medical history as possible, then she can prescribe medical practices that will only help you.
Stop Using Your Medication as Soon as Possible
To avoid drug abuse and addiction, stop using a medication as soon as possible. Do NOT discontinue use without checking with your doctor, but if possible stop using addictive drugs even before the prescription runs out. Communicate your concerns with your doctor to avoid any possibility of getting hooked.
Remain Accountable to Someone
One excellent technique for avoiding prescription drug addiction is to ask a friend or family member to dole out your medicine. By submitting to someone else in this way, you assure yourself of full accountability. If you desire to experiment with a drug, then your trusted loved one might prevent addiction by limiting your access to that drug. Furthermore, consider giving your doctor’s information to your accountability partner, and let your doctor know about this relationship. The more people you empower to look out for you, the less likely you will be to abuse your medication.
Prescription Addiction Help
If you have questions about prescription drug addiction, or if you or a loved one has already become dependent upon a medication, then please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to answer your questions and to connect you with the most effective treatment programs for your unique needs.
This is nothing to be ashamed of, as addiction is not a sign of weakness or poor character. Call now and let us find the help you need.