Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

In recent times there has been a significant increase in the abuse of prescription drugs, which, has led to prescription drugs becoming the second most commonly abused drug after marijuana. People who take prescription drugs become dependent on them even thought they were prescribed for a short duration of time. Dosages, duration of time on the drug and the type of drug can all play an important in a person getting addicted. Addiction is both a biological and pathological process, which alters the brain.

Prescription drugs have saved lives and continue to do so. They play an important role in fighting short-term bacterial and fungal infections. Also, their importance in life threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer and high cholesterol is very critical. However, with an increase in the abuse and addiction of prescription drugs in medically advanced societies, there is an urgent need to help individuals with this problem. Some common signs of abuse and addiction are; complaining about vague symptoms in order to get prescribed medication, lack in interest of treatment options other than medications, sudden mood swings and seeing several doctors to get more medications.

On the brighter side, with the rise in the problem have come the treatments to help such individuals overcome addition and abuse. It is important to see addiction as being primarily a dependence or behavioral issue and also as a treatable condition. To wean an individual from their dependence other drugs have been used successfully to help individuals overcome their addiction and abuse. If left untreated, the long-term effects of prescription drug addition could be irreversible damage to the brain and other organs and in extreme cases death.

If you or anyone you know has any of the symptoms mentioned, we are here to help you. For more information please contact Dr. Punjabi for an in-depth one on one consultation and treatment plan.

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