Habitual use of any substance, including prescription medications, can lead to increased tolerance, meaning an individual will require more of the substance (e.g., higher dosage, frequency of use, etc.) to achieve the same feeling. The purpose of prescription medications is to help one’s body reach equilibrium, and repeated abuse of these medications will result in physiological changes in one’s body. There are a variety of prescription medications available to help an array of ailments, each with distinct characteristics, and respective risks. Prescription medications are categorized into different types of substances. The following prescription medications are recognized as examples of some of the most addictive prescription drugs on the market according to Healthline:
- Opioids: are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant that work in the brain to produce a pain-relieving effect.
- Benzodiazepines: a type of sedative that alleviates muscle tension and can reduce some of the physical symptoms of anxiety. They are often prescribed to help manage symptoms associated with short-term anxiety.
- Stimulants: a class of psychoactive substances that, according to Drug Policy Alliance, “stimulate or activate the central nervous system and are commonly referred to as ‘uppers.’” Stimulants work in one’s body by altering and increasing the effects of certain neurotransmitters (dopamine and norepinephrine), which results in increased blood pressure, respiratory function, and euphoria.
When an individual constantly abuses prescription medications, his or her body must make accommodations to properly function with the presence of the unneeded medication. When a drug that one’s body has become accustomed to functioning with is absent or has less of the medication in his or her system, it will react accordingly and be unable to function optimally. When an individual is unable to stop using the medication without experiencing withdrawal symptoms, he or she has some level of dependence. The longer an individual that struggles with drug dependence and continues to abuse prescription medications, the greater his or her risk is for developing a full-blown addiction.
Further Information and Support
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction, we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease. Navigating the challenges that arise from substance abuse, and/ or addiction can not only be all consuming but are often impossible to effectively handle without proper support. If left untreated, substance abuse and/ or addiction can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences.
While seeking help is never easy, it is beneficial to bear in mind that you do not have to be on this journey alone. There is an entire network of professionals that are readily available to help and support you or your loved one throughout every step of the recovery process.
Pathways Recovery is a fully supportive treatment program for those struggling with substance abuse and/ or addiction. We believe in our clients and their ability to turn their lives around. We know that each person who chooses to join our community has the strength it takes to overcome their challenges with substance abuse and/ or addiction. Please do not hesitate to reach out for guidance. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction. Feel free to contact us by phone at 626-515-6424 or 1-866-682-0901. We look forward to connecting and having the opportunity to discuss how we might best be able to support you.