The use and abuse of prescription medications, from painkillers to ADHD medications, has seen a sharp incline over the past few years, rivaling illicit street drugs in their ease of access and popularity.
Battle Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) April 02, 2015
A recent blog post released by A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program and rehabilitation facility in Southwest Michigan, provides information on various aspects of prescription drug abuse. The use and abuse of prescription medications, from painkillers to ADHD medications, has seen a sharp incline over the past few years, rivaling illicit street drugs in their ease of access and popularity.
Some of the topics discussed in this blog post include:
- Practicality of Prescription Drugs
- Ease of Acquiring Prescriptions
- Physical Effects of Addiction
- Seeking Treatment
“Many of the patients we see at our recovery center began their addictions simply by using what a doctor prescribed them,” says A Forever Recovery’s Per Wickstrom. “After an injury or a surgery, they may be prescribed pain medication, but after a while, they have built up a tolerance. So they take more or move on to something stronger and before too long, they are hooked. Then, when their prescription runs out, they have to find other means of getting their fix.”
Factors Related to Prescription Abuse
Other factors have led to the increase of prescription drug abuse in teens and young adults. In high schools and college campuses across the nation, there has been a trend of using stimulants, such as Adderall or Ritalin, which are intended to increase the user’s focus. This is especially prevalent at so-called “study parties”, where depressants like alcohol, marijuana or even more prescription drugs are used after the study session to “come down” from the effects of the prescription medications.
“It’s a vicious cycle that far too many of our young people find themselves in,” Per observes. “If we are able to give kids the straight facts on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, we can hopefully help them to make the right choice and stay off of the path of substance abuse. It all starts with the youth.”
You can read more on prescription drug abuse at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/addiction/prescription-drug-addiction-begin/