Am I Addicted to My Prescription Medications?

It happens to unsuspecting Americans every day. Maybe you get in a car accident or have trouble focusing at work. The doctor hands you a prescription for some pain pills, a stimulant, or whatever they deem will help you.

Then, before you know it, you’re running through the script before it’s time for your refill. You want more. And you may even seek it out.

It no longer feels like it’s helping you.

The more stories you hear of those that find themselves facing addiction, the more you see that the portrayals of addiction being something that only a “certain kind of person” faces couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In fact, the kind of person that faces addiction might even look like you.

There are varying levels of physical and psychological addiction associated with different drugs, some being much more addictive than others such as nicotine or heroin.

These variations are due to how much the substance interacts with the reward receptors in your brain. The more it engages with them, the more your brain adapts and learns that this is the new “normal” (known as dependence) and the positive effects you once got from taking the drug are only achieved if you take more of the drug. This is called tolerance.

A disruption or delay in getting the substance into the body can result in withdrawals. For some substances, this can be merely uncomfortable, but for others it can be lethal. Since the person knows how to make all of the pain and discomfort instantly go away, it’s not uncommon for people to return back to using the drug once withdrawals start or get particularly bad.

Have you been wondering if you or a loved one are addicted to your prescription medication or want to learn the warning signs to help prevent it?

By virtue of having to ask this question, there’s a strong likelihood you may have a problem to some degree.

To help better gauge, ask yourself the following questions:

-Do you ever hide your prescription drug use or lie about how much you’re taking?

-Have you ever tried to stop using or stop using as much and failed?

-Does the thought of running out make you uncomfortable?

-Have you overdosed?

-Do you take your prescription medication to cope with emotional pain or stress?

-Do you have multiple prescriptions of the same drug?

-Have you ever been arrested due to prescription drugs/drug use

-Have you lied to your doctor to get more/a stronger prescription?

-Do you neglect other responsibilities or obligations to buy, find, or use prescription medication?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, it could indicate that you need to speak with a professional to see if you require further interventions.

-Courtney Judd

Williamsville Wellness has exceptional clinical professionals ready to help. Call us at 804-559-4357 and find out how we can help you get sober and ready to conquer whatever life throws at you.