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Prescription Dependency

Prescription narcotic stimulants are primarily prescribed for attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in children, adolescents and adults.

Much controversy prevailed regarding whether or not prescription stimulant use leads to substance dependence later on in life. Non-addictions specialists claimed that prescription narcotic stimulants set the stage for tolerance and cross-tolerance to other narcotic stimulants, drugs and alcohol abuse.

Addictions specialists claimed that the low self-esteem and overwhelming frustration often associated with untreated attention deficit in childhood would serve as much more fertile ground for the growth of a substance use disorder.

A compromise was struck and the unanimous outcome included a litany of non-narcotic medicines, therapies, methods, and treatments for ADD, ADHD and narcolepsy.


When people take more prescribed narcotic-stimulant than directed, and do so frequently, they are capable of becoming physically and emotionally dependent on prescription narcotic stimulant medication.

Symptoms of prescription narcotic stimulant dependence include:

  • Weight loss
  • Hyper-talkative
  • Incomplete thoughts
  • Aggression
  • Violent outbursts
  • Paranoia
  • Relationship problems
  • Irresponsible behavior
  • Financial problems
  • Declining hygiene
  • Insomnia
  • Poor of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Malnutrition
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mania
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain

Prescription narcotic sedatives are primarily prescribed for anxiety disorders, emotional pain management and insomnia.

When people take more prescribed narcotic-sedative than directed, and do so frequently, they are capable of becoming physically and emotionally dependent on prescription narcotic sedative medication.

Symptoms of prescription narcotic sedative dependence include:

  • Attention deficit
  • Poor judgment
  • Slurred speech
  • Disorientation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Easily frustrated
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizures

Prescription narcotic pain relievers are primarily prescribed for physical pain management.

When people take more prescribed narcotic pain reliever than directed, and do so frequently, they are capable of becoming physically and emotionally dependent on prescription narcotic pain reliever medication.

Symptoms of prescription narcotic pain reliever dependence include:

  • Attention Deficit
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Easily frustrated
  • Muscle pain
  • Bone pain

Prescription dependence recovery entails getting your life together, and minimizing the chance of a slip, which requires several things:

  1. Overcoming your conditioning, breaking the pattern of stimulus and response that leads to drug taking
  2. Restoring your body, taking care of it, strengthening it, using and enjoying it in new ways
  3. Finding alternative activities, interests, pleasures, and associations
  4. Learning to handle anxiety and depression
  5. Dealing with the changing relationships that are the result of both your prescription drug abuse and your efforts to quit

Ongoing cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling cover a plethora of all-encompassing and highly person-specific topics, such as: The I, I, Me, Me of guilt:

Guilt is another problem in early recovery. In part, it’s natural to feel guilty over all the things you have done to yourself and others. But this differs enormously from acceptance of responsibility. Guilt provides easy answers, an easy way to duck responsibilities, while tricking the recovering people into thinking they have accepted responsibility and made amends for their past actions. Guilt prevents you from taking responsibility for your actions and for honestly apologizing to the people you have hurt.

On the other hand, admitting responsibility and making amends helps not only repair the damage of your addiction, but it also frees you from feeling guilty. Guilt requires no interaction with other people; it requires no action at all. Responsible action is the antithesis of guilt and the footwork of making amends. Making amends not only repairs damage, it cancels guilt and restores self-esteem.

Actively making amends is necessary to full recovery and is a critical part of twelve-step programs. It is not usually expected in the early recovery period, but this is the time for beginning to recognize guilt as nothing but another form of self-pity. Along with guilt goes grief. Grief about lost time, lost love, and irreparable acts.

These feelings may be especially acute immediately after you embark on abstinence, as your mind becomes clear again and you have time and opportunity to think and to begin reexamining your life. When you were abusing prescription drugs, you said and did a lot of things that you may be ashamed of or agonize over now, wishing you could go back and change the past.

You will be helped to understand that your past actions were part of your disease and that your present recovery requires total concentration and effort—brooding over the past only detracts from your present recovery.

Our team of addiction specialists make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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– Robert Collier

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