Most people who develop addictions to them had legitimate reasons to get a prescription for the painkiller, sleep aid, or other narcotic initially. But at some point, the days when they used the prescription drug to treat real conditions became history — and they find themselves needing to take the drug in order to function.
They live constantly in fear of running out of the drug. They find they’re counting pills, or measuring the liquid levels in the medicine bottle a few times a day just in order to find out how much they actually took. Following the prescription instructions is an idea that no longer applies to them.
They may reach a point in their addiction when they start stealing their “medicine” from neighbours or family members. They might have several different prescriptions for the one drug because they went doctor shopping (even though this practice is quite illegal.) They might even have come into contact with a street source for the drug in order to feed their ever-growing need for relief and hunger for the drug.
They find themselves wishing that friends and family would just leave them alone with their drug, so they can just ooze out into the special place where nothing hurts and everything is OK. They’ve let prescription addiction take over their life.
It’s a fact — addictions to prescription drugs kill. More people die from prescription drug overdoses than any other drug which people abuse or use. More young people develop addictions to prescription pills than any other kind of drug. Often these addictions start with stealing just a few pills from mom.
If you’ve reached the point where prescription drugs have started running, and ruining, your life, then it’s time to find a California drug treatment facility. You need to face up the fact that you’ve gotten far past any reasonable limits of using the medicine in the way it was prescribed; you’ve entered the horror-zone of addiction, an addiction which in all likelihood will destroy the relationships which mean the most to you and will probably end up killing you — provided it’s left to run unchecked.
If taking your prescription drugs is no longer a matter of treating a medical condition for you and instead has turned into a necessity, you’re probably ready for help. Different kinds of prescription addictions will need different varieties of treatment — and different types of detoxification, in order to avoid potentially life-threatening symptoms. Sadly, trying to simply “go cold turkey” on an addiction to prescription drugs can kill you, or result in lifelong emotional or mental problems. (This is why New Directions for Women offers a variety of detox options to help you overcome this initial, dangerous hurdle before moving on to our world-renowned holistic addiction therapy.)
Fortunately, you are still alive.
You can beat your addiction.
Take the first step and reach out for help, because it’s not too late.
Prescription addictions can be defeated if you’ll only take that first step.