Prescription Drug Addiction – Signs and Symptoms
The Mayo Clinic notes that the signs and symptoms associated with prescription drug abuse and addiction will vary depending on the type of prescription that is being abused.
If an individual is suffering from a prescription opioid addiction, he or she might experience: drowsiness, confusion, nausea and constipation, respiratory depression, poor coordination, an increased sensitivity to light, the building of a tolerance and withdrawal symptoms following abruptly ceased use.
If an individual is suffering from a prescription stimulant addiction, he or she might experience: increased alertness, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and heart palpitations, reduced appetite and weight loss, insomnia and other sleep-related issues, agitation and irritability, extreme anxiety and paranoia.
If an individual is suffering from a prescription depressant or tranquilizer addiction, he or she might experience: drowsiness and fatigue, confusion, slowed cognitive and motor functioning, slurred speech, dizziness and an inability to walk straight, memory issues, slowed breathing and respiratory depression.
When it comes to prescription drug addiction, there will also be a wide variety of behavioral symptoms present including:
- Isolating from friends and family members, and acting defensive when prescription drug use is mentioned or discussed
- Increased need for privacy
- Attempting to cut back or quit but being unable to do so for any length of time
- Stealing prescriptions from friends and family members
- “Doctor shopping” – meaning making appointments with different prescribing physicians in hopes of obtaining more than one prescription at a time
If you have been suffering at the hands of a prescription drug addiction, medical detox will be a necessary first step on the lifelong road to recovery. At CuraWest we provide an unmatched level of clinical care in a safe, secure and highly supportive environment.