If you or someone close is addicted to prescription medications and can’t quit, call one of our experienced referral counselors. We can offer various options to bring solutions into action. Call, we will guide you and do all we can to help bring peace of mind to you and your loved one.
In the last twenty years or so the use of prescription drugs, medications, has increased to alarming numbers across Canada. Reports from Newfoundland through Ontario and Alberta into British Columbia, prescription drug abuse attacks and destroys so many lives. Children losing mothers and fathers, husbands watching their wives degrade, and employers losing their employees to prescription medication abuse is definitely cause for alarm.
Prescription drugs have four classes of drugs: Depressants, (CNS, Central Nervous System) drugs, used to slow brain function which include sedatives and tranquilizers. Opioids and opiates, meaning painkillers. Most of these drugs contain a drug called opium or its derivative to relieve pain. Then there are the stimulants, these are intended to increase energy or alertness and have the effect of increasing blood pressure, breathing and heart rate. Next are the antidepressants, psychiatric medication that appears to be used to handle depression. Any of these medication classes and their hundreds of pharmaceutical brand names are being abused by teens and adults.
This type of medication is prescribed for physical pain, such as those given after a traumatic accident, an operation, or any situation that requires pain relief. They include Percocet, Oxycodone, Morphine, Fentanyl, and a whole list of others. These are very potent medications and are expected to be taken by following a very precise dosage as prescribed by a qualified physician. In the past decades, we saw overdoses in oxycodone, today fentanyl is the big culprit. The drug heroin, administered for pain relief at the beginning of the 20th century saw its own epidemic in the 1980s.
The next widely abused prescription drug is in the family of stimulants. These include such brand names as; Ritalin, Dexedrine, Biphetamine or better known as Speed, Uppers, and Bennies. In the same category is included Cocaine and amphetamines. When used too long it causes the person to feel hostilities and paranoia; they can cause irregular heartbeat and increase body temperature. Because the high is short-lived and the immediate side effect is exhaustion, apathy, and depression, the stimulant prescriptions drug quickly leads the user to want more drugs. Stimulants are highly addictive and physically damaging.
People addicted to prescription drugs increased the dosages on a regular basis. This reacts on the body to create a dependency on the drug and the body can not survive well without its required dose. Because the person cannot easily get these levels of dosage from a medical doctor they resort to the black market, street drug dealers, or worse, crimes such as seen when a local pharmacy is held up or broken into. In some areas of Canada people have begun to produce their own clandestine brand of amphetamines.
So the moral of the story is if you have a prescription drug medication to take follow the dosage exactly and when it’s done, it’s done. Call us and speak with a professional counselor in the field of drug rehab. Most likely a medical detox will be necessary before any type of drug rehabilitation can occur.
If you or someone you know is already addicted to a prescription medication you should give us a call.