When abused, prescription drugs can be addictive and can put individuals at risk of other adverse health effects, especially when taken along with other drugs or alcohol. The most common prescription drugs abused are opiates, anti-depressants, antihistamines and stimulants. Taking more than the recommended dosage of prescription drugs can be as dangerous as taking illegal drugs. There are also serious potential dangers associated with sudden withdrawal from some prescriptions drugs.
Dependency can be characterised by a desperate need to want to obtain and consume the drug. Common signs to look for are; needing to take more of the drug to get an effect, asking for repeat prescriptions early, difficulty in trying to cut down or stop the usage, feeling guilty about the drug use, being secretive about the drug use, experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping/reducing the drug usage i.e. sweating, shaking, anxiety, and continuing to take the drug despite actual or likely negative consequences.
Triage Healthcare can offer free support, help and information. We can provide information about the types of treatment options available to help with your addiction problem. You can call Triage Healthcare now for independent and confidential advice on 0845 370 0102.