Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse

When it comes to drug abuse the cause is generally a hardcore drug such as Heroin, Cocaine, Ecstasy etc. But as of late, Prescription Drug Abuse has also become a major source of concern. When you think about it, this is not a big surprise.

As law enforcement does more each day to keep dangerous drugs off the streets, addicts are finding new ways to get their daily “kicks”. One easy way is to use prescription drugs. By faking a symptom or by actually having a legitimate ailment, addicts gain access to these drugs through a Doctor. Generally painkillers are the main target. Although normal painkillers can be purchased over the counter, stronger ones need a prescription. Once they receive the prescription, it is a simple matter of getting the drug and then getting what they want out of it. Usually, this type of abuse also has alcohol addiction tied into it as well.

Sadly most addicts of this type are misdiagnosed by their friends or family as being alcoholics and shoved in to Alcohol Rehabs. If more care is taken, the addict can be diagnosed properly and sent for proper treatment. These types of complicated cases should be treated at multi-faceted treatment centers like Cirque Lodge; this is because a straightforward Drug Rehab may not possess the expertise and facilities to diagnose and treat cases like this. Proper diagnosis is essential for the future wellbeing of every patient who walks in through the doors of a rehab center.

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