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What Types of Prescription Drug Addictions Are Common?

Wayne Whitehurst November 3, 2020

There are many different types of prescription drugs which, unfortunately, people abuse and become addicted to. Each drug can actually make its user have unique symptoms, and have different impacts on their lives.

Any prescription drug or drug at all has the potential to be misused or addictive. However, the properties and effects the drugs have on people increase the likelihood that someone would want to keep taking it. The more you take a drug, the more addictive it gets. In the end, some require drug rehab.

What prescription drugs do people most commonly become addicted to?

Painkillers, benzodiazepines, and stimulants are the most common types of prescription drugs that people misuse. Using them for anything else other than medical reasons can have damaging impacts.

What are prescription opioids?

Prescription opioids are a type of strong painkiller. Aside from their painkilling properties, they can make you experience euphoria if taken in large amounts. This makes people want to misuse them, and it can quickly turn into an addiction.

You may be prescribed these if you have severe pain. If they are consumed in high enough volume, they are strong enough to cause death.

Prescription opioids include; OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Codeine, Co-codamol, and Tramadol.

What are prescription benzodiazepines?

This type of prescription drug is also known as ‘benzos’. Their medical use is for anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, and other psychiatric conditions.

Benzodiazepines make people feel calmer and put you in a highly relaxed state – which can be highly addictive if used for the wrong reasons. Types of this drug include; Diazepam (valiums), Alprazolam (Xanax), Zolpidem (Ambien) and Chlordiazepoxide (Librium).

What are prescription stimulants?

Prescription stimulant drugs are used for things like ADHD and narcolepsy. They are supposed to help with increasing your attention, alertness, and energy – and do so by increasing dopamine and other chemicals. Dopamine is the brain’s reward chemical, so it is easy to become addicted to this euphoric high.

Prescription stimulant drugs include; Methylphenidate (Ritalin & Concerta) and Dextroamphetamine (Adderall & Dexedrine).