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Prescription medication abuse is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in our country. There are many definitions of prescription medication abuse, the most obvious being the intentional use of prescription medication without having a prescription for it. However, prescription medication abuse can be less cut and dry than that. Another definition is the use of prescription medication, with or without a prescription, for the experience of feeling or lack of feeling it provides. Another definition is the taking of prescription medication in dosages other than prescriber or for a reason other than it is prescribed, for instance using a sleeping medication for relaxation. There are several factors that contribute to the growing illegal or inappropriate use of prescription medication. One of these factors is misconceptions about their safety. Many assume these prescription drugs are safe to take under any circumstances because they were prescribed by a doctor, which is not the case. Prescription drugs act on the same parts of the brain as illicit drugs. Another factor is the increased availability of these medications. Many of the most highly abused prescription medications can be found in medicine cabinets at home or at relatives' and friends' homes.

The danger of prescription medication abuse is as real as other abused drugs. At Center for Discovery, we recognize that the abuse of prescription medication is as risky and detrimental as abuse of any other drug. The long term effects of using pain relievers and drugs that affect the central nervous system include the potential for overdose, as well as dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Trying to quit without professional help can be deadly, let us help you find a safe detoxification center. We specialize in all types of treatment for prescription medication abuse. At Center for Discovery, we understand the dangers of prescription medication abuse, let us help your teen on their journey towards a better life.

In 2010, approximately 7 million people were current users of psychotherapeutic drugs taken non-medically, similar to the number in 2009. The most commonly abused drugs, and some of the most frequently prescribed medications, are pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives (Source: DrugAbuse.gov). Pain relievers are the most highly reported abused prescription medications and are often prescribed after dental work, emergency room visits and minor surgery. Vicodin, a supposedly mild narcotic is at the top of the list. Vicodin is given as a mild to moderate pain reliever and contains both acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Over 1 in 11 high school seniors reported non-medical use of Vicodin. Another highly prevalent pain reliever in our society that causes addiction is Oxycontin. One in 20 high school seniors reported abuse of Oxycontin. Not only is Oxycontin highly addictive physically and emotionally, it takes a serious toll on the liver, stomach and kidneys. Untreated opiate addiction, particularly with Oxycontin, is dangerous and can be fatal. When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for non-medical use, over 70% said they were given to them by a relative or friend.

Sedatives and tranquilizers have been around for hundreds of years. In the 1950s, Valium, one of the more widely prescribed sedatives, earned the nickname "mommy's little helper" for the number of housewives and mothers turning to prescription medication for stress relief. However, the addictive quality of sedatives and tranquilizers can end up negatively impacting the lives of many people instead of helping them. For some, these drugs have the intended effect, ending a panic attack and enabling a person to move forward. Others grow a high tolerance over time and the original dose no longer provides the same effect, so the teen takes more and more until they are physically, mentally, and emotionally addicted. Stimulants, conversely from sedatives, are used for helping someone do more throughout the day, rather than relax. Stimulants are most commonly prescribed for ADD, ADHD and seizure prevention, and stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin have helped immensely for these uses.

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