A Nation of Prescription Drug Users
Prescription drugs have been entirely underestimated in this country. As a nation, we continue to believe that because a drug comes from a pharmacy it is less dangerous and also less addictive. The fact is, we are living behind a curtain. We hear stories all the time about the dangers of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, but our billboards aren’t targeting the most destructive drugs. Meanwhile, more youth are trying prescription pills for the first time every day.
The fact is, according to DrugFreeWorld.org–
Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing. Of the 22,400 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2005, opioid painkillers were the most commonly found drug, accounting for 38.2% of these deaths.
Most people will find this surprising. Our biggest problem isn’t heroin, it isn’t meth, it isn’t crack–it’s prescription drugs and prescription drug addiction. The reason is simple: it’s available and it’s addictive. These drugs are easily accessible for teens and adults. Around 70% of adults are taking some kind of prescribed medication. On top of this, opiate based prescription drugs are at the top of the list. This means that most every child will have a parent, or a friends parent, who is taking an opioid based drug. Simply put: easily available.
We’ve all heard the term ‘gateway drug’ and it definitely applies. Many prescription drug users only start there. They then move on to different drugs and compounding the addiction. This is what makes prescription pills so dangerous in more ways that just one.
How to Recognize and Limit Problems
This is a problem that needs to be heavily monitored on an individual basis. I’ve known many kids throughout my life that had no problems getting prescription drugs from their parents or family members. As a parent, you have to keep a close watch over your prescribed medications. Keep them hidden and safe. Know how much medication you have left. If you keep tabs on your medications it will make it easy to tell if medication is going missing.
There is also a recognizable attitude displayed in almost all opioid and prescription pill addictions. Often times responsibilities will be neglected, attitudes will change, and individuals may even start to get into legal troubles. If you seen any of these signs, or you think a family member may have a problem with prescription pills, talk to them and get help.
Recognizing Problems in Yourself
Another problem, and one of the hardest to control, is prescription drug addiction in yourself. You are prescribed a drug for back pain, or from a recent operation, and you are prescribed Vicodin or Oxycontin for the pain by your doctor. Then you become addicted without even knowing it.
This is something you must be extremely careful controlling. When taking prescription medication you should always be aware of the risk of addiction. Just simply being aware of that addiction will help keep you safe. However, this may still not prevent addiction.
I remember I was prescribed pills once when I was younger, before any of my drug problems. I took them for about a week. When I stopped taking them I remember having two or three days of mental suffering, hot sweats, cold sweats, and I felt sick.
Looking back I realize that I was partially addicted to the pain medication. You can’t really help it. Your body will get addicted to these medications and it can be difficult to stop using them. There is a mental addiction associated with it as well, this means you may even find reasons to keep taking the medication and you don’t even recognize it.
These problems can come on quickly without you recognizing them.
Treating Addiction and Ibogaine
No matter what the situation is, or how you got to where you are, if you or a loved one are dealing with prescription drug addiction there is hope. We sometimes want to kick ourselves to the ground, or we want to try to change behavior through anger towards ourselves or a loved one. This never works. In fact, this can make the problems worse.
Problems must be met with love and a desire to help; even if it means loving and helping yourself. We have to remember there is hope.
I was addicted to heroin and prescription drugs for many years. For me they went hand in hand. Ibogaine was the only treatment that actually helped me begin moving forward. I tried going cold turkey, I tried using other drugs to treat my addiction. For me, none of that worked.
Ibogaine can be a great solution for many people with prescription pill addictions. For me, it eliminated my withdrawals and helped me see clearly where I wanted to be in life. No one starts out wanting to be addicted, however, you then find yourself with an addiction problem and it is extremely difficult to stop.
Finding a treatment that is right for you is the only way to start making progress towards the life that you want. It is possible, but it will take desire and effort. Ibogaine can be a great kick start to treating addiction, but it will take a willing mind with a desire to change.