Prescription drug addiction is fast becoming one of the most rapidly growing diseases in the country. Prescription drugs are highly habit forming and there is no such thing as a “typical” prescription drug addict. People of all ages and from all walks of life may become addicted to prescription drugs. It can be worrying to wonder whether a person you love is in fact addicted to prescription drugs, but the sooner an addict gets help, the sooner they will be able to get back on track with their life. Here are some signs that can help you spot prescription addiction in a loved one.
Changes In Sleeping Patterns
There are a few different types of drugs that a person may become dependent on. The types of drugs can alter an addict’s sleeping patterns in different ways. Stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin, which are prescribed for conditions like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or hyperactivity, may cause an addict to engage in prolonged periods of sleeplessness followed by periods of prolonged sleeping. Many students may be susceptible to Adderrall addiction because they may abuse the drug in an attempt to stay up studying for long periods of time. Sedative drugs or opiates may have a different impact on an addict’s sleeping patterns. An addict who is addicted to drugs like Xanax or Vicodin may sleep much more than usual and may often have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.
Sudden, Unexplained Weight Gain or Loss
Prescription drugs can have a heavy impact in a person’s appetite and metabolism. Different people react differently to different drugs, but if a person’s weight has suddenly dropped or increased and there does not seem to be a clear explanation why, it may be because of the reaction they are having to the pills they are taking.
Finding Crushed or Altered Pills
Many prescription pill addicts may crush up or break the pills that they are using so that they can be snorted and thus reach the system more easily. If the person you are worried about lives in your household and you find discarded pill capsules or powder, there may be a strong likelihood that prescription pills are being abused.
Like many controlled substances, the use of prescription drugs can lead to mood swings, which can range from a general sense of feeling apathetic or numb to feelings of extreme anger, sadness, and nervousness. When a person who is generally even keeled suddenly becomes easily angered or exhibits signs of extreme sadness, they may be experiencing the side effects of prescription drug abuse and subsequent withdrawal. It is also very common for those who are addicted to any kind of drug to become defense when asked about their use. One reason for this is that when a person’s brain becomes accustomed to receiving a drug, it becomes programmed to seek and use that drug at any cost. When this happens, any person or thing that is perceived as a threat to an addict’s continued use may be met with anger.
Visiting Multiple Doctors
Just because a person has prescriptions for drugs does not mean that they are not addicted. In fact, many people who struggle with prescription drug abuse hold legal prescriptions for the drugs they are addicted to. If your loved one seeks prescriptions from multiple doctors or claims to have lost drugs that were prescribed to them, they may be addicted to the drug they are prescribed. It is also worth noting if a user is taking a drug more often or in bigger doses than prescribed by their doctor.