Signs of a prescription drug addict
Prescription drug addicts will usually wait until their life is in absolute shambles before admitting they have a problem. This is because prescription drug addicts have, well, a prescription and if it is prescribed by a doctor well then there must be a legitimate need for the drugs. That is why it is always good for friend and family members of an addict to be able to spot the signs of a prescription drug addict; otherwise their drug use may go by unknown noticed and in the worst case scenario until the individual overdoses or dies.
While signs of a prescription drug addict vary depending on the individual, their habits, and what kind of prescription drugs they are using all the symptoms tend to be similar in some way shape or form. Here are some of the most common signs of a prescription drug addict:
Aches, pains and other illnesses: In between doses of their prescription drug the addict is likely to develop moderate as well as severe nagging aches and pains. Prescription drugs tend to alter the nerves in the brain that regulate pain and illness so when the addict stops taking the drug the body doesn’t know what to do, leading to more illness.
Euphoric behavior: Prescription drug addicts who are more inclined to take opiates like Vicodin, Percocet, or Oxycontin will experience intense euphoria when they take their prescriptions. This won’t always be the case as they develop a tolerance but you will be able to tell when a prescription drug addict is high. They may be over talkative or beginning falling asleep sitting up etc. As they begin needing to take more prescription drugs this will become more pronounced.
Chills or fever: A classic sign of a prescription drug addict is when they no longer have any more drugs. Prescription drug addicts without their drugs will begin to withdrawal and withdrawal looks and has a lot of the same symptoms of the flu. The prescription drug addict may begin to puke, sweat, and be feverish.
Withdrawal from friends and family: You know that social butterfly of a cousin you used to have, well if they are a prescription drug addict they will no longer come to family dinners, social events or anything of the like. Just like those addicts who are addicted to heroin or cocaine they fail to join in on activities they used to love being involved in. They won’t call or text as often and will avoid any social interaction.
Criminal behavior: Another sign of a prescription drug addict is criminal behavior. This can range from getting DWI’s to stealing prescription pads, to doctor shopping. If you think someone you know is seeing multiple doctors or getting prescriptions for a large amount of pills that seem excessive than this may be a sign of a prescription drug addict. Prescription drug addicts take pride in the fact that they are taken legal medications and taken even more pride in that fact when a doctor prescribes them, so pay attention to the medicines your loved ones or friends are taking.
There are multiple signs of a prescription drug addict but these are some of the more general and universal truths about those who are addicted to narcotics. If you watch out for these you may be able to help someone who doesn’t want to admit they need help yet. You can do this by recognizing the signs of a prescription drug addict.