A Growing Crisis
Prescription drug addiction is a real and growing problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 52 million people in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons at least once in their lives. And prescription drugs are now one of the most commonly abused substances in the country, after marijuana and alcohol.
If you are abusing prescription drugs and wish to stop, you may be worried about what will happen when you try to quit. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. But with professional medical detox, such as the program offered here at Positive Recovery, and professional support and supervision, you can get through withdrawal and onto recovery.
Prescription drug withdrawal is a process that occurs when someone who has been using prescription drugs for an extended period of time abruptly stops taking them. This can result in a variety of symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. Some of the most common symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and body aches and pains. In some cases, individuals may also experience more severe symptoms such as seizures, hallucinations, and even death. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after stopping use of a prescription drug, it is important to seek medical help immediately.
The Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
The following prescription drugs are considered the most common to be taken without being prescribed or used for an unintended result. Withdrawal symptoms and duration vary by substance.
- Fentanyl (Duragesic)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Oxymorphone (Darvon)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)
- Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Zolpidem Tartrate (Ambien)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)