Prescription drug abuse is something many teens in the U.S. are currently struggling with. According to Rx Safety Matters, in the U.S. 1 in 4 teens have abused prescription drugs. This alarming teen drug abuse deserves more awareness.
What is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Prescription drug abuse is when you take pills or medication not prescribed for you. Below are examples of prescription drug abuse:
- Taking drugs other than it’s intended purpose or prescribed to experience a “high”
- Using medicine not prescribed to you
- Taking medicine more and frequently than prescribed
- Using different methods to receive faster effects such as snorting or injecting
The most commonly abused prescription drugs
More and more teens are resorting to prescription drugs to achieve their high. Prescription drugs are becoming more commonly abused among teens because of how easily accessible they are. Many get these drugs from friends or steal from family members. Some teens also are not aware that they are indulging in prescription drug abuse. With Prescription drugs there is a misconception that they are less addictive than other drugs. However, they are just as powerful and addictive as drugs such as heroin, meth, or cocaine.
There are three types of prescription drugs that are commonly abused by teens:
Opioids- Pain relievers such as Vicodin, OxyContin or Codeine
Depressants- Used to relieve anxiety or help someone sleep like Valium or Xanax
Stimulants- Treats Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) such as Adderall and Ritalin
How to help a teen suffering from prescription drug abuse
The best way to help a teen suffering from prescription abuse disorder is to seek treatment. As of late, the National Drug Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has seen a trend of both adults and teens who begin abusing other cheaper drugs like heroin in order to achieve the same high as they do on opiate prescription drugs. Even if it is in the earliest stages of abuse it is better to prevent than to try and cure a devastating disease such as addiction. If left untreated prescription abuse can spiral out of control leading to more destructive habits and addictions.
Recovery begins at Inspirations
If you are pursuing treatment as an option for your teen Inspirations for Youth and Families, a nationally renowned teen rehab, is the best choice. At Inspirations, we take teen drug abuse seriously but strive to educate and rehabilitate our teens instead of punishing them. Each teen is accessed and receives an individual treatment plan. This plan tackles both drug addiction and mental illnesses through dual diagnosis treatment. Teens also attend sober outings allowing them to experience fun and the joys of life without the use of drugs.
For more information on Inspiration’s unique level of treatment contact us at (855) 627- 6237.