Prescription drugs are everyday and legal drugs which are prescribed to people by their GP or other doctors. However the legitimacy of these drugs does not mean that they aren’t addictive, and it is often far too easy for people to develop a physical and psychological addiction to their prescription substances, especially those which have “feel good” effects such as elation or sleepiness.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are painkillers, sleeping tablets, anti-anxiety or anti-depressant pills and ADHD medication. This can include painkillers making use of codeine, valium and temazepam or even stimulants such as Ritalin.
Symptoms of Prescription Drug Addiction
Do you know someone who is worrying you by exhibiting a possible addiction to prescription drugs? Try asking yourself the following questions.
- Are they registered, or trying to register, at more than one GP, and have a habit of visiting different pharmacies to get their prescriptions?
- Are they experiencing side effects from prescription drug use but refuse to bring this up with their GP for fear of being “cut off?”
- Do they become aggressive or defensive when confronted about their prescription drug use, justifying excessive use with “but the doctor gave it to me” or “it is medicine?”
- Are they secretive or seem embarrassed about their use of prescription drugs, perhaps by refusing to take medicine in front of others or insisting on privacy to swallow tablets?