For years, people have been using prescription medications to treat a number of things. But, only in recent years have we been able to assess the damage of over-prescribing and easy access to prescription drugs. With easy access to doctors who prescribe medications without moral consciousness and overwhelming numbers of prescription sales on the street, it’s no wonder that prescription drug abuse has led to a nationwide epidemic.
Since prescription drug abuse is such a problem for the people in our nation, everyone has their own opinions about the issue. This leads to common misconceptions about prescription addiction. However, it’s important to address these myths. This way, people can get the help they need and move on from life affected by prescription addiction.
Myth #1: “Everyone’s doing it – I’ll be fine”
Drug abuse is something that’s entirely common. In fact, according to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), 18 million people reported having misused a prescription medication at least one time in the past year alone. But, the fact that it’s common doesn’t make prescription pill abuse any less dangerous.
Even if none of your friends or acquaintances have experienced negative effects of prescription drug abuse yet, they are likely to soon. Prescription pills are killing people at a faster rate than any other classification of drugs. And, it doesn’t help that prescription abuse can lead to the abuse of other illicit drugs. Specifically, in the case of opioid pain killers leading to heroin abuse. Fentanyl, 100x more potent than morphine, is frequently cut into heroin doses. Thus, increasing the user’s experience but often coming with a price – the horrific reality of overdose death.
The commonality of prescription drug abuse isn’t a reason to keep abusing these substances. In fact, it’s one of many reasons why more people should know about the myths surrounding prescription drug abuse. And, why more people should be getting help to fight the disease of addiction.
Myth #2: “There’s a difference between prescription drug abuse and addiction.”
Many people look at addiction as if there are only two options; you have an addiction or you don’t. However, it’s more complicated than that because addiction doesn’t just happen overnight. In many cases, people using prescription drugs don’t even know they’ve become addicted because it was never their intent. But, after using these substances for a length of time, their minds and bodies have begun to need it to function correctly.
Because the slippery slope of addiction is a process, it’s important to be aware that if a person is abusing prescription pills or drugs, there is a problem. And, that it can always get worse before it gets better, so the sooner help is sought out, the better.
Myth #3: “Addiction is the only issue I’ll be facing in treatment.”
Once a person identifies the need for help, they may expect treatment to only address addiction and prescription drug abuse. However, that’s typically not the case. In reality, most people who develop an addiction also struggle with other underlying issues. When you think about it, lots of people use prescription medications and stop their use after treatment has run its course. They don’t become addicted. But, in the case of someone who has developed a dependence on prescription pills, use led to continued use, which led to pill addiction.
So, why do some people get addicted to prescription pills and others don’t? The answer is the same as the need for treatment to not only include approaches for addiction – underlying and comorbid issues. For example, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and trauma.
During treatment, we’ll work to help you identify if and why you are at a higher risk for addiction. And, help you manage these issues so they don’t put your recovery in jeopardy once treatment ends.
Getting Help for Prescription Pill Addiction from Willow Place
Even though many may perpetuate myths surrounding prescription drug abuse, there is medical and scientific evidence that supports evidence-based therapies and treatment. This means that if you’re struggling with prescription addiction, you can get help.
Here at Willow Place for Women, we help women living with issues concerning mental health and overall wellbeing. This includes prescription drug abuse and any concurring issues a woman may be facing.
To learn more about how we help women living with a prescription pill addiction, read about our programs and services. And, contact us today with any questions you may have so we can get back to you shortly.