Prescription pill addiction isn’t always easy to detect. The National Institutes of Health reported that an estimated 54 million Americans ages 12 and older have misused prescription drugs; however, whether the people abusing pills actually know that they are misusing drugs (or addicted to them), is another question in itself. It turns out that the root of the problem is that many people are not aware of what pill abuse/misuse constitutes, so detecting addiction and recognizing its symptoms, is already a difficult task. This is especially true when the individual is in denial of his/her own drug abuse, so it’s vital that we are reminded of the hidden signs of prescription drug addiction.
Increasing tolerance – one of the two diagnostic criteria for opioid addiction; particularly with opioid painkillers, tolerance occurs when painkillers slow down the brain’s production of endorphins, and as a result, the body begins to depend on an external supply of opioids in order to deal with pain
Doctor shopping – this constitutes in seeing different doctors and going to hospitals to attain prescription medications through seemingly legal means, such as complaining about pain even though you have already been prescribed opioids previously by a doctor. Addicted individuals often need a constant supply of pills in order to feel normal
Mood Swings – getting depressed or highly irritable when you cannot gain access to a new batch of pills
Drug-seeking behavior – getting pills from friends and family, stealing them, or buying them from the streets, at work or at school
Experiencing Withdrawal – the second diagnostic criteria for addiction (includes fluctuations of heart rate and blood pressure, flushing and hot flashes, vomiting, goose-flesh, sweating, muscle pain
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