A common misconception is that legal drugs aren’t potentially harmful to users. However, there are many highly addictive prescription drugs. Users keep using after their medical need ceases, become addicted. When you take highly addictive prescription drugs in excessive amounts, they are as harmful as any illicit drug. Read our patient testimonials to see what our patients say about their fear of withdrawal, how comfortable they felt with our medical detox, and how it changed their lives.
The 5 Most Common Highly Addictive Prescription Drugs
According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 16.9 million Americans ages 12 or older, 6.2% of that population, misused prescription drugs in 2018. Highly addictive prescription drugs come in a variety of categories — painkillers, stimulants, and sedatives are the 3 most common categories. Below, we’ve listed 5 common highly addictive prescription drugs, all of which are treated at Gallus Detox.
Vicodin is one of the most abused of the opiate painkillers and is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol. Long-term abuse of products containing acetaminophen – such as Vicodin – can lead to liver damage/failure.
An opiate narcotic, OxyContin leaped to the top of the “most addictive” drug list within a few years of being released. Although OxyContin was originally created with a time-release protective coating, addicts quickly discovered a way to tamper with the coating to get the full effects of the drug immediately. As with other opiates, Oxy works on the central nervous system by blocking the opioid receptors, dulling pain and leaving the individual with a euphoric sensation.
Since Percocet became available, addiction rates to the drug have doubled every four years, according to statistics released by SAMHSA. A member of the opiate drug class, Percocet is a combination of Oxycodone and acetaminophen. The most common side effects include constipation, itching, difficulty breathing and blurred vision.
Adderall is a stimulant or amphetamine that has been effective in individuals with ADD and ADHD. Unfortunately the drug has also become popular among college students as a “study drug” and used by many stay-at-home moms for dieting. Prescription stimulants have the same effect on the body as crystal meth and cocaine. Depending on severity of abuse, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience aggressive behavior, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and seizures.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine class drug and is primarily prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders as well as certain sleep disorders and for alcohol withdrawal. The drug works by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, resulting in a calming feeling. Xanax is effective with 15 minutes of use. Research into Xanax addiction has linked the drug to memory loss, organ damage/failure and cardiac arrest.
Other Highly Addictive Prescription Drugs
The 5 highly addictive prescription drugs we listed above are by no means the only highly addictive prescription drugs. At Gallus Detox, we help people overcome withdrawal symptoms from a wide variety of prescription drugs. Prescription drug addictions treated by Gallus Detox include, but aren’t limited to:
Individuals taking Rx drugs should exercise caution. To avoid the chances of developing an addiction, stop taking the medication once there is no longer a medical need.
Detox From Highly Addictive Prescription Drugs at Gallus Detox
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Contact Gallus Medical Detox Centers online or call us at 888.228.9114 today to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.