Moms and Prescription Pill Addiction

Moms and Prescription Pill addictionWe tend to think that addiction is something that happens to “other people,” but more and more, prescription pill addiction is hitting close to home. Rehabilitation admissions for prescription painkiller dependence have grown over 300 percent in the last decade.* Many assume that prescription pills are not as serious street drugs like heroin or cocaine. But just because these pills can be prescribed does not mean they are not dangerous or dangerously addictive. Some opiate drugs like oxycodone or Percocet can lead to addiction that is similar to heroin addiction.** These addictions are real, and they require real help in order to be treated effectively.

Why Do Moms Abuse Prescription Pills?

Every addiction is different, but many women begin to use prescription pills to numb painful feelings. Some common reasons women become addicted to these powerful medicines include the following:

  • A reaction to trauma, loss or abuse
  • A way to seek comfort or temporary release
  • To numb feelings of anxiety or depression
  • To try and balance emotions
  • To escape everyday stress or loneliness

Women who abuse prescription pills are not bad people. Many successful and wonderful mothers have become addicted to these drugs. Addiction is an illness. It is a “dis-ease” of the body and the mind. That is why it is important that mothers attend specialty rehab. With rehab, women can feel free to express emotions, overcome addiction safely and take time to figure out the reasons behind addiction. With proper treatment, addiction can become a thing of the past, and relationships can begin to heal.

When to Get Help for Pill Addiction

Do you abuse prescription pills every day or even several times a week? Do you find yourself taking pills against their prescribed dosage? Have you spent extra money on pills or faked an illness to obtain more pills?

There are three common types of prescription medications that are most often abused. The three most commonly abused prescription medications are the following:

  • Opiate painkillers. These include well-known painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and Demerol. These drugs can cause addiction after just a few uses and can cause powerful withdrawal symptoms if the user suddenly quits.
  • Stimulants. Stimulants usually contain amphetamine drugs. This includes medication used for ADHD such as Ritalin and Adderall.
  • Depressants. This category usually consists of drugs prescribed for anxiety or drugs that slow down body processes. Benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax fall under this category.

If you are struggling with any of these drugs, we can help.

Help for Prescription Pill Addiction Today

We offer a toll-free helpline to offer you support and caring assistance during this time. Our experienced counselors know how addiction treatment and rehab treatment work and can help you find the best treatment to fit your needs. Let us help connect you with the resources and assistance that fits you. We are available 24 hours a day, so now is the time to call and make the change.

Works Cited

* Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). 2007. Treatment Episode Data Set, 1995 to 2005. National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

** NIDA. Increased Abuse of Prescription Drugs is Cause for Concern, 2007.