The Rise of Prescription Drug Addiction


Prescription drug addiction has become a major problem across the United States, with more and more people turning to powerful medications like opioids and benzodiazepines in order to cope with their physical or mental health issues. This rising trend is concerning for both medical professionals and the public, as it can lead to serious long-term health consequences. Let’s take a closer look at the causes behind this epidemic and how we can work towards preventing it.

What Causes RX Addiction?

There are many factors that can contribute to an individual’s risk of developing a prescription medication addiction, including their genetic makeup, environment, and mental health history. People who have a family history of substance abuse are more likely to develop an addiction themselves. 

Additionally, those who have experienced trauma or other mental health issues may be more likely to turn to drugs as a form of self-medication. Finally, environmental factors such as peer pressure or living in an area where drugs are readily available can increase the risk of addiction.

How Can We Combat RX Addiction?

Combating prescription drug addiction requires both prevention strategies—such as educating the public about the dangers of taking certain medications—and treatment options for those already suffering from an addiction. Prevention efforts should focus on reducing access to powerful medications by increasing regulation on prescribing practices and making sure that patients understand the risks associated with taking certain drugs. 

Treatment options should include various forms of therapy (including cognitive behavioral therapy) along with medication-assisted treatments (MATs), which use certain drugs like buprenorphine or methadone to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms in patients struggling with opiate addictions.

The Benefits of Treating RX Addiction

Improved Quality of Life

One of the most immediate and tangible benefits to treating Rx addiction is an improved quality of life. People who are addicted to prescription drugs often feel overwhelmed or out-of-control, and when they start receiving treatment for their addiction, they will begin to experience a sense of control over their own lives again. This newfound control over their own destinies can lead to improved relationships with family and friends, better job performance, improved physical health, and more.

Less Legal Trouble

Prescription drug abuse often leads to legal trouble for users as well as people who supply them with drugs illegally. Treatment programs provide users with support systems that can help them stay away from illegal activities and avoid getting into trouble with the law. Treatment also helps users understand why they use drugs in the first place, so they are less likely to relapse into using or selling them in the future.

Reduced Risk of Overdose or Death

One of the most unfortunate consequences of prescription drug abuse is overdose or death due to accidental ingestion or use of too much medication at once. Treatment helps users learn how to properly take medications and recognize signs of overdose so that medical attention can be sought quickly if necessary. Treatment also helps reduce cravings for drugs, leading to fewer instances where people attempt dangerous behaviors like taking higher doses than prescribed in order to get a “high” feeling from the medication.

Prescription drug addiction is becoming increasingly common across the United States, posing serious risks to individuals’ physical and mental health. While there is no single cause for this epidemic, understanding why people are turning to these drugs in the first place is essential if we want to make progress in reducing its prevalence. 

To do this, we need both prevention strategies that reduce access and education around these medications as well as effective treatment options for those already suffering from an addiction so they can get back on track towards healthier lives. By working together towards these goals, we can make progress in reducing prescription drug abuse nationwide.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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