Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is not easy to come to terms with. Many who struggle with prescription drug addiction don’t think they have a problem as these drugs are doctor prescribed, or they don’t know how to live a life free from prescription drugs. GH Recovery Solutions can offer you a way out, and a life free from prescription drug addiction. Prescription drug abuse can bring even the strongest person to their knees; being stuck in active addiction to prescription drugs can feel like a nightmare with no end. GH Recovery Solutions can guide you to a life free from prescription drug addiction.

We want you to participate in your recovery through learning personal responsibility, healthy coping skills, and treating the underlying issues that fuel addiction. Getting treatment for prescription drug addiction is the first step to the healthy sober life that you deserve.

GH Recovery Solutions is personally invested in every client’s recovery. Putting people first is the foundation of our treatment philosophy. We want to give you the start to a robust, long-lasting recovery. We can help you end the insanity of prescription drug addiction. Reach out to us at GH Recovery Solutions and you can begin your life in recovery from prescription drugs today.

If you or a loved one are struggling with prescription drug abuse or addiction, please reach out to GH Recovery Solutions at (888) 345-2025. We can help.

How Do I Know if I Need Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment?

Many of us have prescription drugs in our homes. When we go to the doctor for help, we expect to receive a solution to our problems, and sometimes that is in the form of medication. What we don’t expect is to develop a dependency and addiction to prescription drugs that were supposed to help us. Prescription drug abuse is a problem that is steadily worsening, especially in younger generations due to the easy access to prescription drugs in the homes of family and friends.

If you think that you or a loved one are struggling with prescription drug addiction, GH Recovery Solutions can help. It is not easy to admit or recognize that there may be an issue when it comes to prescription drugs. Addiction to prescription drugs can spiral out of control. Contact GH Recovery Solutions; it doesn’t have to get worse.

Unfortunately, even those taking medications prescribed to them can still develop a prescription drug addiction leading them down a dark road. There was a lack of education surrounding prescription drugs in the past that has led many into addiction. GH Recovery Solutions can help you to learn to live without the use of prescription drugs and be free of your addiction.

Prescription Drugs Most Commonly Abused

The four types of most commonly abused prescription drugs are painkillers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives.

Oxycodone – Oxycontin, Percocet, Oxymorphone, Dilaudid

Minor Tranquilizers:
Benzodiazepines – Xanax, Valium, Klonopin

Amphetamines – Adderall, Dexedrine

Sleeping medications – Ambien, Lunesta

Physiology and Side Effects of Prescription Drug Addiction

The way prescription drugs react in the brain depends on which drug is being abused. Many prescription drugs that are abused have similar side effects depending on what drug class they are in, or how much is being taken. The way painkillers, tranquilizers/benzodiazepines, stimulants, and sedatives/sleeping medication work in the brain is that they change the amount of chemicals released and reabsorbed in the brain.

When prescription pills are abused the brain becomes dependent on the drugs to control the re-uptake and release of these vital chemicals in the brain; this is how an addiction is formed. More of the prescription drugs are needed to achieve the same effect that smaller amounts used to provide. Prescription drug addiction can show in many ways depending on what drugs are being abused, but there is treatment for all addictions to prescription drugs at GH Recovery Solutions.

Side Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

Various prescription medications work differently in the body depending on the dosage, combinations, and on the frequency in which they are being taken. Some of the most prevalent side effects of each commonly abused drug class of prescription drugs are:

Painkiller Opioid and Opiate Prescription Drug Side Effects

  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness/ Sedation

Tranquilizer/Benzodiazepine Prescription Drug Abuse Side Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech

Stimulant Prescription Drug Abuse Side Effects

  • Restlessness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased Concentration

Sedative/Sleep Medication Abuse Side Effects

  • Inattention
  • Memory Difficulties
  • Extreme drowsiness

Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

To understand prescription drug addiction, you must know that these drugs can create physical and mental dependency and addiction. Even if prescription drugs are used “recreationally,” they can create an addiction and can effect yourself or a loved one. Learning to live without prescription drugs, especially if they were needed at one point, is frightening to face. GH Recovery Solutions will teach you how to live without prescription drugs. Many who become addicted to prescription drugs, especially in the opiate and opioid class, end up turning to other drugs down the road, like heroin.

If you think that yourself or a loved one is suffering from a prescription drug addiction, reach out to GH Recovery Solutions for prescription drug treatment options today. Educating yourself on the signs and symptoms of a prescription drug addiction can help you to regain your life and/or your loved one’s life back. Below are common signs of prescription drug addiction. Many of the prescription drugs mimic side effects of each other. The specific drugs that are being abused are not the focus. The focus is to be aware of the possible side effects to recognize the problem and get treatment for a prescription drug addiction.

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction


  • Noticeable mood swings
  • Change in patterns
  • Increased irritability
  • Depression
  • Increased sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme confusion
  • Hostility
  • Depression
  • Paranoia


  • Drug-seeking behaviors at doctors’ offices.
  • Unknown pills without bottles.
  • Prescription bottles with other names on them.
  • Missing prescription drugs from your home or family member homes.
  • Frequent refills or running out of prescription early.
  • Visiting multiple doctors for the similar conditions.
  • Crushing or breaking pills
  • Pills hidden around the house
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Unexplained weight loss


  • Lack of coordination
  • Risky behaviors
  • Constipation
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Oversleeping
  • Respiratory depression
  • Tolerance to normal dosage
  • Increased heart rate
  • Worsening physical well-being

Get Help for Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Recovery from prescription drug addiction is possible, and GH Recovery Solutions can help you to achieve sobriety. You can heal, we can help. Reach out to one of our caring and educated admissions coordinators today to start the road to healing.
Prescription pill addiction can be difficult to overcome, but GH Recovery Solutions is here to help you every step of the way. We are here to guide you, teach you the necessary skills for recovery, and help you to build the foundation for a healthy life in sobriety. Contact us today at (888) 345-2025.

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