- Opioids: Fentanyl, Vicodin, OxyContin, Dilaudid, and Demerol
- Depressants: Valium, Xanax, and Phenobarbital
- Stimulants: Dexedrine, Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta
The clinical team at kathy ireland® Recovery Centers offers evidence-based methods for successfully treating any prescription addiction. Many individuals diagnosed with SUD have additional physical or mental issues and may take prescription medication to lessen symptoms. If you have a dual diagnosis, we can help you regain your sobriety and overcome challenges related to any secondary conditions.
What Is Prescription Drug Addiction?
The majority of prescription medications used to treat chronic pain and some mood disorders can become addictive. Despite worldwide attempts by medical professionals to limit the prescription use of highly addictive and dangerous substances like opioids, they remain overprescribed at an alarming rate. The longer an individual is prescribed one of these drugs, the higher the risk of being diagnosed with a SUD. Addictions usually develop over time and, depending on the substance, symptoms may range from mild to severe.
Not everyone who takes opioids, depressants, and stimulants will become addicted. However, medication misuse of these classes often leads to dependency. Prescription misuse refers to any instance where someone uses medication in a way unintended by the prescribing doctor and includes:
- Taking more than the prescribed amount
- Using medicines prescribed to someone else
- Illegal prescription drug use
- Taking prescribed medication for longer than instructed