Thousands of people in America rely on prescription drugs everyday. However, this reliance can slowly and unknowingly turn into an addiction. If you have a friend or loved one abusing prescription drugs, you will notice changes in three key areas: socially, physically and mentally. It is important to realize that every person’s situation is different and one or a few of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily point to prescription drug abuse.
An obvious change in social habits is a good indicator that your loved one’s reliance on prescription drugs has turned into an addiction. Friends and family of prescription drug abusers often note one or more of the following changes:
- Friendships – New friends seem to suddenly appear while old ones quickly fade away. Sometimes the prescription drug user changes whole groups of friends.
- Personality – When struggling with a prescription drug addiction, many people isolate themselves when they were outgoing before. If the person was previously quiet and introverted, they may become more sociable.
- Activities – Has your loved one taken up new activities at odd hours? Do they do things they wouldn’t have before without paying attention to rules, laws and potential dangers? Other changes in activities include theft, skipping work/school and irresponsible use of money.
Besides the social changes, someone abusing prescription drugs will also undergo physical changes including, more frequent minor illnesses, drastic changes in appetite, rapid weight gain or loss, changes in sleeping patterns, bloodshot eyes, confusion and issues with memory. You may also notice your loved one exhibiting prescription drug withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Mood swings
- Psychotic Behavior
If you believe your friend or loved one is struggling with drug abuse, they may be able to hide or mask the physical and social changes they experience, but changes in their mental state may be easier to spot. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you suspect they need help. A yes answer to the majority of the questions may signal a prescription drug abuse problem.
- Do they sometimes seem like they’re not “all there”?
- Has their school/work performance dropped off?
- Do they have more difficulty facing even the small ups and downs of life?
- Is their behavior sometimes violent for no apparent reason?
- Do they seem regularly burnt out or strung out?
Stop Abusing Prescription Drugs
If your friend or loved one is abusing prescription drugs, there’s hope. Let them know you care about them and are concerned about their health and recovery and suggest they get help. Your encouragement may be just what they needed. Gallus Detox provides medically supervised detoxification services in a safe environment for all drug and alcohol addictions, including prescription drug abuse. Other addiction detox programs include: