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Prescribed medication addiction

Prescribed medication addiction: Introduction

Prescribed medication addiction: An uncontrollable desire to use prescribed medication in a manner or frequency not prescribed. Drugs such as painkillers are prescribed to treat such things as pain but patients may become physically dependent on the drug and continue to obsessively use it even after the condition it was prescribed for has resolved. Frequent use leads to an increased tolerance to the drug so higher and higher doses are required to achieve the desired euphoric feeling. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Prescribed medication addiction is available below.

Symptoms of Prescribed medication addiction

  • Uncontrollable craving for prescribed medications
  • Obsessive thoughts about prescribed medications
  • Secrecy about use of prescribed medications
  • Excessive amount of money spend on obtaining prescribed medications
  • Loss of appetite
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Prescribed medication addiction

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy, Motivational therapy, Addiction treatment programs, Counselling
  • Specific treatment depends on the specific drug that is being abused, but treatments include:
    • Recognition of the problem by the patient and prescriber, coupled with a desire for change
    • Detoxification and management of withdrawal symptoms - as an outpatient or inpatient depending on individual patient factors
    • Drug counselling
  • more treatments...»

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Prescribed medication addiction: Complications

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Causes of Prescribed medication addiction

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Prescribed medication addiction: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Prescribed medication addiction

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More information about Prescribed medication addiction

  1. Prescribed medication addiction: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications

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