Overcoming Temptations to Abuse Prescription Drugs

Overcoming temptations to abuse prescription drugsPrescription drug abuse is a growing problem. The most commonly abused drugs typically fall into the following categories:

  • Central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines
  • Opioids such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine
  • Stimulants such as dextroamphetamine and Adderall

Prescription Drug Use and the Media

We are bombarded with drug company commercials that promote the message that drugs can quickly solve almost any problem. These commercials suggest that there is a simple solution to issues and that their prescribed drug is just what you need if you struggle with the following:

  • Stress
  • Sleeplessness
  • Shyness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

While these commercials always suggest that you speak to your doctor and rapidly read a list of potential side effects, that part of the commercial is often overlooked by a person who is seeking relief from a symptom.

Prescription Drug Use Temptations

In addition to getting quick relief for an issue, other reasons people are tempted by prescription drugs include the following:

  • A desire to alter feelings. Some people want to feel physically or emotional better, while others want to relax or relieve tension. The person is tempted to take a prescribed medication to alter their current state of being.
  • A need or perceived need for weight loss. One of the most significant reasons that people, most often teens and women, use a prescription medication is to facilitate weight loss. Users may not understand or care that these medications are only a temporary solution, and they may stay on these drugs much longer than recommended.
  • A response to peer pressure. Peer pressure is particularly effective on a person who is suffering from low self-esteem or loneliness.
  • A belief that prescription drugs are safe and legal. While many people believe that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, as they are legally available, they may not understand that using prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you is extremely dangerous and that using prescription drugs without a prescription is illegal.

Overcoming Temptations to Abuse Prescription Drugs

Knowledge and a strong support system are the best tools you have to overcome temptations to abuse prescription drugs. Learn as much as you can about the prescription medications you are considering. You will find that they are potentially harmful and that abuse of any drug can lead to addiction. Make your family and friends aware of the temptations that you are feeling, and elicit their support in providing you with ways to resist these temptations and achieve the benefit you thought the drugs could provide.

Get Help for Prescription Drug Abuse or Addiction

Overcoming temptations to use prescription drugs is possible. The more you learn about these drugs, the more you will realize they are not a solution to any problem. If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s prescription drug use, give us a call. We are here 24 hours a day to answer questions and make you aware of other resources that are available to you. We can help, so please call our toll-free number today.