Detoxing from Prescription Drugs
Prescription medications are beneficial for a number of different reasons. Common daily prescription pills are used to treat ADHD, anxiety, and severe pain. These prescription medications are also known for being highly abused. Many believe prescription pill abuse is somewhat safer than other drug abuse considering these drugs are prescribed by a medical doctor and FDA approved.
Unfortunately, this thinking is the reason why the prescription pill epidemic is such a problem in our country. Many of these prescribed medications are psychoactive, mind-altering, and can lead to addiction problems. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 52 million people older than 12 have used prescription medications recreationally in their lifetime.
Once abuse turns to an addiction, this is when the problem arises. Prescription drugs fall into three main classes: opioid pain relievers, stimulants, and central nervous system depressants. Each type of drug can create a physical and chemical dependence, making changes in the brain that take time to reverse. Withdrawal occurs when the drug use is stopped or quantities are decreased. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they can even be life-threatening if not managed correctly and safely.