The abuse of prescription medication can become a real problem for people. It can affect you powerfully, whatever age you are.
If you are taking a medication that was not prescribed for you, using it in inappropriate ways or taking it more often or in larger doses than necessary, you may have a prescription drug addiction. Not only could you be in violation of the Texas Controlled Substances Act, but misuse of prescription meds could make you do things you would not ordinarily do, like drive too fast and cause a motor vehicle crash.
Prescription drugs can be used incorrectly for numerous motives and in many ways. According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend’s prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high.”
What can happen to you as a result of prescription drug addiction?
There are dangerous or harmful situations you can find yourself in because of this behavior. They may be completely uncharacteristic of how you would normally act. They can include having your relationships go downhill, involvement with criminal activity, doing poorly at your job or in school or taking chances when you are behind the wheel.
Why do people grow over-reliant on prescription drugs?
All kinds of circumstances make people turn to stimulants, hypnotics, opioids or sedatives for relief or recreation. Here are some of them:
- Escape from pressure or stress\
- Fit in socially
- Ward off an unpleasant withdrawal process
- Enhance your capability on the job or in school
- Induce euphoria
- See what sorts of emotional effects various drugs produce for you
Seek professional help if you run afoul of the law
When you are mired in the grip of prescription drug addiction, you might commit acts that break the law to keep your habit going or because your thinking has been impacted. The person representing you can present any extenuating facts that may be considered in your favor.