Many North Americans require prescription medication for a variety of conditions to help with pain, discomfort, or general symptoms. Sometimes they are needed for surgery recovery, pain from a lingering injury, headaches, or even menstrual cramps. At the end of the day, once you start these medications, it can be quite easy to become dependent on your prescriptions; thus, many people often end up abusing the meds doctors have given them, with initial good intentions.
Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs are the ones most commonly prescribed. Vicodin, Darvocet, Percocet, OxyContin, and Lortab are just some of the prescriptions that may offer comfort and pain relief, but also can result in a person’s body becoming dependent on the drug to simply feel ‘normal’.
So, while the above are some examples of prescription drugs, what may be the warning signs that an individual has become an abuser of these? Below are the top ten signs of prescription medication abuse.
If you start to notice a loved one acting abnormally when it comes to behavior, this could be a huge arrow pointing towards a dependency on prescription drugs. They may lose concentration, become irritable, moody, and have a lack of energy. Sufferers may also start to withdraw from friends, family members, and those closest to them.