The economic conditions over the past few years have caused a high level of financial and emotional stress for millions of people. In order to cope with this increased level of stress, many people have self medicated with alcohol and prescription drugs.
Although adult alcohol abuse has been a common problem in this country for a long time, the number of people abusing prescription drugs really started increasing in the last several years. In the state of California for example, prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels.
The fallout has included police raids involving hundreds of large illegal prescription drug operations. One particular raid that involved a medical clinic in west Los Angeles, resulted in the recovery of thousands of prescription pills and evidence of over twenty three million dollars of fraudulent sales.
Prevention (of the Addiction) is the Best Medicine
In order to deal with this epidemic, there needs to be continued police efforts in shutting down illegal drug operations, but there also needs to be strong efforts in getting professional help for those who are addicted to prescription drugs. One of the prescription drugs many people are addicted today is OxyContin, which is often prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain symptoms. Many of these symptoms are related to recovery from an accident, surgery, or even chronic lower back pain. In many cases individuals who have become addicted to prescription painkillers typically start out only using it on a temporary or ‘as needed’ basis. However, as their pain and need continues, so does the possibility of becoming addicted.
Although Oxycontin has proven to be an effective drug for relieving pain, it should be noted that it also has some severe withdrawal side effects. These include muscle weakness, nausea and anxiety attacks; and worst of all, the possibility of becoming severely addicted.
In closing, the first step in overcoming any addiction is for the person to admit that they have a problem. Next, they need to be willing to receive help. Until a person honestly acknowledges that they have a problem and want help,it is unlikely that they can successfully overcome their addiction. Another important factor for overcoming addiction is getting help and support from friends and family. When a person is suffering from an addiction, they don’t need to be condemned or judged, they instead need to feel ‘hope’, and also that someone actually loves and cares about them. There is a way out from addiction, and always a possibility for a better life.