Friday, May 25, 2012

Prescription Medication Abuse is Still Drug Abuse

Prescription medications make a world of difference--even between life and death--for individuals around the world.  Yet, many of these same prescription medicines are subject to abuse when they are in the wrong hands.  Like recreational drug abuse, prescription medication abuse can cause not only legal problems, but major health risks as well.

There is a lot of misinformation about prescription drugs and their relative safety.  Some teens, and adults, operate under the belief that taking prescription medications for recreational purposes is safer than using street drugs.  This is not the case.  In fact, prescription medication abuse may, in some cases, be significantly more dangerous.  Some of these drugs are distributed only under a doctor's care because misuse of them can cause major problems, and may even be fatal.  Even something that seems as simple and harmless as taking a friend or relative's prescribed medication can have long-term consequences.

Another bit of erroneous information is that prescription drugs are not addictive.  While some prescribed medications can be used safely over a long period, others are highly addictive after only a short use.  These addictions are likely to lead individuals into prescription medication abuse, and possibly into less than legal ways to supply the addiction.   Doctors, and regulators, are well aware of the potential for abuse of certain medications, and are not likely to hand out prescriptions for them without reason.

Some of the most widely abused prescription medications are pain relievers and relaxers, or depressants.  Terms like OxyContin, Valium and Xanax have entered everyday language, and made their way into books and popular culture, often as jokes.  Their uses are well-known, as well as some of those that abuse them. Yet, prescription medication abuse is no joke. It's a wide and growing problem, and an increasingly dangerous one.

The Coleman Institute is committed to helping people get clean and stay clean from prescription drug abuse.  Our state-of-the-art treatment protocols are safe, effective, and delivered in a timely fashion so you can get back to living in a relatively quick manner.  If you are someone you love needs help getting from from prescription drugs such as Xanax or Klonipin and/or opiates, alcohol, methadone, or suboxone, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Pius at 1.877.77.33869 (DETOX) for more information.  We're waiting to help you help yourself!  

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