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Prescription drug abuse

many medicine pills in the hand of a woman abusing prescription drugs

Prescription drug abuse is a massive problem in the United States. Every day, people die from overdosing on prescription drugs.

La Jolla Recovery focuses on prescription drug abuse, among other substance use disorders with long-term recovery in mind.

Understanding the dangers of prescription drug abuse and how to get help if you are struggling with addiction is essential.

Commonly Abuse Prescripotion Drugs

First, let’s take a look at the different types of prescription drugs that are commonly abused.

Some of the most common are opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants. Opioids are painkillers that can be highly addictive. They work by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain and causing a flood of dopamine, resulting in euphoria. Some of the most popular opioids are hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine.

Opiates, Benzodiazepines and Stimulants

Benzodiazepines and Stimulants

Benzodiazepines are often prescribed to treat anxiety and other mental health disorders. However, they can also be highly addictive if abused. Stimulants are often used to treat ADHD and sleep disorders but can also be dangerous if misused.

Dangers of prescription drug abuse

One of the main dangers associated with prescription drug abuse is that these drugs have a high potential for overdose. Many people do not realize how strong they can be when taken in large quantities or combined with other substances. Additionally, since doctors often prescribe these drugs for legitimate medical conditions such as chronic pain treatment, there is a less social stigma surrounding their use than there would be for illicit street drugs. This can lead to people hiding their addictions for much longer than they would if they were using an illegal substance, making prescription drug abuse treatment more difficult.

If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse, it's important to reach out for help as soon as possible.

At La Jolla Recovery, many resources are available to help you obtain the treatment and support you need to overcome your addiction and live a healthy, happy life without prescription drug addiction.

Some of our services include detox, rehab, outpatient, mental health treatment and aftercare. Remember that there is always hope, even if things seem bleak right now – with the right help, you can get back on track and start living the life you’ve dreamt.

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