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Most drugs can be grouped into one of two main categories – prescription and over the counter medications.
While many prescription drugs are safe and exhibit no potential for abuse, there are a significant amount of prescription drugs that can be addicting, even those used for legitimate medical conditions. Drugs deemed to carry the potential for abuse by the Drug Administration Agency (DEA) are called “controlled substances.” While many illegal drugs are controlled substances, some legal, prescription drugs are controlled substances as well. Although approved for use, if used improperly, prescription drugs can become highly addictive. For help with prescription drug addiction treatment, Chapman House will support you.
All controlled substances are classified into categories called “schedules” depending on how likely they are to cause physical and/or psychological dependence. Below is a table showing the different schedules and examples of controlled substances belonging to each schedule.
It is important to note that while prescription-only controlled substances are completely legal for someone with a valid prescription to possess and take, it is illegal for anyone without a prescription to be in possession of a prescription-only controlled substance.
Some of the most common types of abused prescription drugs are listed below.
You may hear two terms when reading about drug addiction, drug misuse and drug abuse. While similar, the differences between the two should be appreciated. Drug misuse is when a prescription drug is used for something other than its intended purpose while drug abuse is when an individual takes the drug with an intention to get high, which sometimes leads to addiction or dependence. To help with prescription drug addiction treatment, Chapman House can help you through your recovery.
The fictional scenarios below illustrate examples of drug misuse vs drug abuse.
Overdose deaths due to prescription drug abuse is a major problem in the United States. The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates that in 2015, 20,000 overdose deaths were due to prescription drugs.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports disturbing statistics regarding prescription drug abuse, particularly with teens and young adults.
The signs of prescription drug abuse can vary widely depending on the individual. Many drug abusers can hide their substance abuse habit, however the side effects that a user experiences are often difficult to hide. Listed below are typical side effects of prescription drugs that may signal abuse.
Regardless of whether someone is abusing a stimulant or depressant, they may show signs of drug craving if they are not able to obtain the drug. Users may also exhibit drug-seeking behavior such as deception or stealing in order to support their drug habit.
Because many who abuse prescription drugs also have a prescription for it, the following may also serve as red flags that signal abuse:
Addiction is, at its core, a disorder that significantly affects a user’s mental health. While prescription drugs are legal, it is important to keep in mind that they are no less dangerous than illegal drugs. Drug addiction is a difficult challenge to overcome, however there are many resources to help a user overcome their addiction. For help and caring support along every step of your journey to recovery, Chapman House will help with prescription drug addiction treatment. Contact us for more information.