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5 of the Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

vials in medicine cabinet revealing the commonly abused prescription drugs

When you think of prescription drugs, you likely assume they are safe to use as they are prescribed by a doctor. In many cases, this is true, but unfortunately, there is also a large percentage of people who become addicted to these prescription drugs that are supposed to help them. The fact is that millions of people are also abusing and becoming addicted to prescription drugs found right at home or from their own doctor. It’s one of the fastest-growing drug problems in the country today. If you or a loved one are in need of prescription drug addiction treatment, give the NuLife Behavioral Health team a call today at 888.568.2057.

The Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

While street drugs are what you hear about on the news most often, prescription drugs given to you freely by doctors you trust can be just as dangerous.

Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, and codeine. These are synthetic opioids, and they affect the same part of the brain that street drugs like heroin do. Stimulants are also among the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Amphetamines and methylphenidates are prescribed to improve attention spans as they affect how quickly our brains process information. All of these drugs prescribed to help people can also be easily overused and cause dangerous long-term effects and even overdoses.

Barbiturates are one of the most dangerous prescription drugs that you can become addicted to. Prescribed as a depressant, it creates a feeling of relaxation and euphoria. Then there are benzos that are prescribed to treat insomnia, seizures, anxiety, and panic attacks, as well as hypnotics that get prescribed to help with sleep issues.

Five of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:

  1. OxyContin
  2. Percocet
  3. Vicodin
  4. Codeine
  5. Sleep medications like Ambien

How Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment Can Help

When seeking out treatment for prescription drug addiction treatment, there are many options available to you or a loved one. Treatment can also vary depending on which drug is being abused. Many treatment plans for prescription drug addiction begin with detox to rid the body of drugs. After detox, treatment programs include both residential and outpatient options.

Some of the signs of prescription drug abuse include:

  • Difficulties at home, work, or school
  • Extreme weight loss or gain
  • Sudden mood swings or uncharacteristic changes in behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Ignoring responsibilities and obligations

At NuLife Behavioral Health, treatment can include counseling, individual and group therapy, and biosound and biofeedback as part of a partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), or outpatient program. Each person’s treatment plan is unique and customized to them. While each treatment plan may be different, the goal is the same: lifelong sobriety.

NuLife Behavioral Health Can Help With Prescription Drug Addiction

You are not alone if you didn’t realize that the prescription drug you or a loved one were prescribed could become addictive. Because they are so easily accessible—from a doctor or your own medicine cabinet—they are actually some of the most commonly abused drugs across the United States today. While prescription drugs are designed to help people, the flip side of the coin is that they can also greatly hurt us if used incorrectly.

At NuLife Behavioral Health, our goal is to help you get back to the healthiest version of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. We can advise you on residential detox programs as a first step before you begin an outpatient program at our facility.

A part of our outpatient treatment programs we offer:

  • Biosound and biofeedback
  • Experiential therapies
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Nutritional counseling

At NuLife Behavioral Health, our team has many years of combined experience helping others recover from their addictions to prescription drugs. Reach out today to learn about all of our programs and services at 888.568.2057.