What Should I Do if I’m Addicted to Multiple Medications?

What Should I Do if I’m Addicted to Multiple Medications?Being addicted to multiple medications or drugs is increasingly common. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that from 2000 to 2010, the use of multiple prescription medications increased by more than 20 percent, and the use of five or more medications increased by 70 percent. The CDC also reported that 10 percent of the U.S. population used five or more drugs from 2007 to 2008.

Multiple prescription drug use is escalating, as well as the use of multiple illicit drugs. Recreational drug users often combine drugs in order to magnify the desired effects. Combining alcohol with prescription drugs, illicit drugs, or both is no longer uncommon among recreational drug users.

Some multiple medication addictions are intentional; the individual is aware of the risks and repercussions of recreational drug abuse. However, some multiple medication addictions develop in situations where individuals are legitimately trying to treat a medical condition.  In either case, being addicted to multiple medications is cause for great concern. Bad drug interactions occur often and can be life-threating. Fortunately, breaking an addiction to multiple medications is not as complex as one would imagine. Addiction to multiple drugs will require special attention, but the treatment and recovery process will not differ too much from treating an addiction to just one medication.

Treating an Addiction to Multiple Medications

Addicts are often afraid of detoxing from more than one drug. The potential complications, withdrawal symptoms, and reoccurring symptoms of an illness or injury create reservations when it comes to detox treatment. Medically supervised detox is the safest and most foolproof option when it comes to breaking the physical addiction to multiple medications. Several things can go wrong when attempting to detox from multiple medications, which is why medical supervision is required. Doctors can gradually taper individuals from a drug, monitor the individual’s stability, prevent health complications, minimize symptoms of withdrawal and discomfort, and immediately address an emergency situation if one develops.

In order for doctors or recovery professionals to safely and successfully perform detox treatment for multiple addictions, the addict must be completely honest about medication use, including how often, how much, and when the medication is used. Without full-disclosure, a doctor may administer an unsafe or ineffective form of treatment. For individuals dealing with a medical condition like chronic pain or depression, a physician can also provide the appropriate treatment in order to manage these symptoms without creating a future threat of addiction. This may include using medications with low risk for addiction or utilizing alternative treatment methods.

End Your Prescription Medication Addiction

If you are ready to put an end to your prescription medication abuse or addiction, we can help you find the detox, treatment, and recovery services that are right for you and your unique recovery needs. Our trained addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day, and they are happy to assist you with your search for addiction treatment and recovery services. Whether you still have questions, need information, or are ready to find treatment today, we are here to help. You are not alone. While it may be frightening to reach out for help from a stranger or friend, you will feel a great sense of relief when you finally confide in someone. If you’re ready to end your addiction, call and speak with a counselor today.