Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

These are some of the typical indications that someone is addicted to prescription drugs, although prescription drug addiction signs will differ depending on whether it is a sedative or stimulant type of drug:

  • Dose has increased over time
  • Sleepy and sluggish
  • Unable to stop the drug even for a short period of time
  • When attempting to stop they experience withdrawal symptoms
  • Doctor begins to question dosage
  • Doctor shopping when physician refuses to increase prescription
  • Searching medicine cabinets of friends and family for pills
  • Takes drugs at inappropriate times (before driving, at work)
  • Takes drugs in other than the prescribed way (higher dose; snorts)

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