Can You Recognize the Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction?
September 1, 2017

Are You Able to Recognize the Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction?

A study conducted by researchers from Michigan State University examined mental-health literacy spanning four major issues, including anxiety, alcohol, depression, and prescription-drug abuse. The study concluded that 32% of the respondents were unable to identify the signs of pill addiction. Of the participants in the group, urban dwellers and men were the least able to figure out something was amiss.

With America in the midst of what is being called “the worst drug crisis in history,” this is an alarming finding. In 2016 alone, more than 59,000 people died of drug overdoses, many of which were the result of prescription opioid use. The question arises, how do you identify prescription-drug abuse?

Warning signs of a pill addiction, may include:

These signs may be easily hidden from loved ones. There have been countless stories about individuals hiding their addiction from loved ones for years, even decades. It is easier than many may think. Often a loved one will not notice if a prescription of theirs is being filled or is being used by someone else. Many homes across the country have unused prescriptions of painkillers in their bathrooms where anyone can have access to them.

For many, identifying someone who is drunk will be easier than someone who is high on opioids. Opioids have no odor to leave on clothes or your breath like alcohol. Heroin users will often have track marks on their arms, but those taking pills won’t have these distinguishing marks.

Day to day, we may see loved ones taking pills for pain. There is no reason that someone who is suffering from pain shouldn’t receive the treatment they need. Someone who is taking painkillers as prescribed by a doctor is seeking they help they need and managing their prescription properly. The concern arises when someone begins to take their prescription beyond what is advised by their doctor or those who are taking painkillers when not prescribed.

What signs should you be on the lookout for if you are concerned a loved one may be abusing pills?

Signs and symptoms of opioid abuse:

Signs and symptoms of depressant abuse include:

Signs and symptoms of stimulant abuse:

If you are concerned that a loved one is coping with an addiction to prescription pills, do not feel guilty or responsible for your loved one’s behavior. The most important thing to remember is to recognize the problem and address it immediately. Abusing prescription pills is extremely dangerous, but the sooner that the individual seeks help, the sooner they can be on the road to recovery. Contact the team of addiction specialists at A New Start, Inc., today to get your loved one the help they need at 844.TALK.ANS.

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