What are the signs if your loved one is dependant or addicted to prescription drugs?
It can be very difficult to recognize early on if your loved one has become involved with drugs or any other addictive substance. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease. It causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the addicted person as well as the people around that person. The abuse of drugs — even prescription drugs — leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. You should also know that your loved one is unlikely to admit they a problem as addicts tend to cover their tracks. The following signs one should look for, are as follows:
• A shift in mood, attitude and motivation
• New friends and new hangouts
• Poor performance at school or work and/or being absent
• Secretive behavior such as lying
• Sudden weight loss or gain
• A sudden, unexplained increase in spending
• Bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils
• Giving up once-favorite pastimes and hobbies
• Strange body odors; trembling hands
• Unusual changes in sleeping patterns or schedule
You may notice that your loved one also has angry outbursts and is more volatile or unpredictable. Your loved might also be sleeping more or suffering from insomnia, choosing to wear sunglasses often, making an effort to cover up unusual breath or body odors.
Addiction is a disease. If treatment has been ongoing with support groups and counseling typically, relapses are common and are to be expected.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the three classes of prescription drugs that are often abused are:
• Opoids used to treat pain
• Central nervous system (CNS depressants, such as benzodiazepines (Xaaxx, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin), which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
• Stimulants, such as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) or methylphenidate (Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin) used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). Other sleep aid medication that can cause addiction are Ambiem (Zolpidem)
• Ambien may be habit-forming and shouldn’t be taken for a extended period of time. Ambien is a controlled substance, so be sure to keep it in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.
• If you have a history of any of these conditions while taking Ambiem or it’s generic version Zolpidem please inform your physican as this medication may have serious affects with the following conditions:
o Mental illness
o Thoughts of suicide
o Drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
o Kidney, liver, or lung disease
o Sleep apnea
Ambien (Zolpidem) abuse can result in the follow in a person abusing this prescription:
o Nausea or vomiting
o Memory loss
o Lack or loss of coordination
Ambien (Zolpidem ) use can cause dependency. Do not stop the medication abruptly without talking to yourPhysican. Ambien (Zolpidem ) severe withdrawal symptoms , can result from abruptly stopping your use of this drug. Symptoms of withdrawal from this medication may include:
o Irritability or agitation
Common side effects from Ambien (Zolpidem ) are:
o Sleepiness during the day
o Drugged feelings
An overdose of Ambien (Zolpidem ) can be fatal. Symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, weakening of heart and breathing function, and coma. Excessive use of this medication can affect the Cadriovascular system and the Central and Peripheral Nervous system, Gastrointestinal system, the liver, respiratory system, reproductive system and musculoskeletal system. If you suspect your loved one may be addicted, please contact a health care professional or reach out to a substance abuse hotline or clinic.