drug abuse is perhaps one of the most common forms of recreational
drug use or drug addiction after alcohol and marijuana. Diet pills
(speed) and pain medications (narcotics) such as Hydrocodone (Vicodin
and Lorcet) and Oxycodone (Percoset and Endoset) are by far the most
common prescriptions that are abused, but they not always
intentionally abused, and rarely if ever, start out to be used in a
manner inconstant with their labeling, if the prescriptions are
genuinely written for that person by their doctor.
drug abuse is also one of the most embarrassing addictions, but one
that thankfully is also the easiest to share with others, so that
lessons learned may be passed on in hopes of raising awareness to
this type of addiction. Since the drugs involved were not of the
illicit variety, it is usually easier for a recovering addict to
speak of his or her experiences with others.
people start out using their medications with the best of intentions,
but may find themselves becoming addicted after prolonged use, or
after mixing their medications with alcohol, either intentionally, or
unaware that doing so may have serious and addictive side affects.
Alcohol will increase the dizzying effect of narcotic pain relievers,
and this can be a very pleasant side affect for some, but it can also
quickly spiral out of control from occasional recreational use, to an
outright addiction for the user that can be very difficult to recover
from without treatment by professional clinics.
pills are another source for prescription drug abuse that can start
out with no intention of becoming addicted by the user. People who
become addicted to diet pills may feel a psychological need to
continue once they reach their desired weight, due to the fear of
becoming overweight once again. They may also find that when they
stop taking the pills, they feel tired and lethargic, due to the fact
that diet pills are amphetamines (uppers). They may seek out the
peppiness that now seems to be missing from their lives, and possibly
causing them to be late for work, or to act sluggishly once they
arrive. This can lead to perpetual use, in this case abuse, by the
patient in question.
drug abuse should not be looked upon with the same disdain as the use
of illegal drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth, or crack,
which are almost always used intentionally for the sole purpose of
getting high, or alcoholism. The resulting addiction to those drugs
is understandably looked at with scorn by those who do not partake in
the use of drugs for elation; however, such is usually not the case
with prescription drug abuse.
must remember that people who become addicted to medications
dispensed by a lawful prescription from their doctor, took the
medicine in good faith; intending to use it properly, and most likely
became addicted by accident. There is a big difference in the
resulting addictions caused by prescription drug abuse as opposed to
those caused by intentionally using a substance that one knows to be
an addictive drug.