Risks of Prescription Drug Addiction
The psychological dependency is paramount to the individual with addiction, and makes it a near impossibility to stop using the drug without professional help, even if the desire is there. The longer an individual uses a prescription medication, the greater a tolerance they develop. This increased tolerance leads to increased dosages and almost inevitably dependence. Once this dependence is established and the drug is not available, the withdrawal symptoms discussed earlier will begin with cravings and other uncomfortable conditions.
Going undetected, addiction presents health risks that are astronomically high, and its reach extends far beyond the person using the drug. For many prescription drugs, the risk of overdose is very real. Due to these factors, identifying and treating this disease is vital to one’s well being.
If an individual makes the mistake due to their compromised judgment of ingesting an extremely high dose of amphetamines, they are at serious risk of overdose which may lead to seizure, coma, and often death. As a person increases the quantity and frequency of their amphetamine habit, they fall into a cycle of self-medicating and then crashing, causing violent mood swings. Coming down from these drugs will often result in long episodes of depression, fatigue, anxiety and ultimately a craving for more, resulting in the cycle repeating and exacerbating.