Prescription drug abuse is referred to a condition where the person uses medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited. Taking medication without prescriptions or taking it in a wrong way, over a period of time can do more harm than one can anticipate, in many case such situation leads to addiction.
Prescription drug abuse addiction commonly happens from two kinds of medicines (a.) painkillers that contain opioids and (b.) anti-depressants such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin) that are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.
In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in prescription drug misuse or abuse. Once this problem is detected for most people, it is only the beginning of a long-term battle against craving and relapse. Hence, Psychologist Shivani Misri Sadhoo suggests that if a person doubts that he/she is suffering from prescription drug abuse addiction, he/she should immediately consult a health expert or a counsellor.
Counselling is an essential part of drug abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioural therapy, family counselling, and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from opioid addiction and stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat the other mental health conditions that often contribute to prescription drug abuse.