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Which Prescription Drugs Do People Misuse?

Many people who have a substance use disorder start by taking a legitimately prescribed prescription drug. Doctors have been writing prescriptions for opioids since the 1990s, and they are commonly prescribed for chronic pain, injuries, and surgery recovery. However, some people are more prone to abuse these drugs because they make them feel good or different.

Opioids, for example, are addictive drugs known to make people feel not only physical pain relief but also emotional pain relief. Opioids can make people feel elated, which is why they are one of the most addictive drug types worldwide.

Other drugs are also addictive, and they can be prescribed for a variety of conditions. Almost any drug that makes a person feel emotionally or mentally different has the potential for abuse and addiction.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Almost any prescription drug that alters your consciousness or changes the way you immediately feel has the potential for abuse. Opioids like fentanyl or Oxycontin are highly addictive. Some people also abuse amphetamine pills, which are usually prescribed to help people diet. Ritalin and Adderall are also drugs in this class and are commonly used by college students. They’re initially prescribed for ADHD.

Anti-anxiety pills and tranquilizers are also commonly abused. Drugs in this class include Xanax or Klonopin. When taken in higher quantities than prescribed, these drugs can cause intense withdrawal effects when a person tries to stop using them.

People also abuse barbiturates; they’re typically harder to find and only prescribed for severe neurological pain.

Addiction Is A Disease

People who are addicted to drugs don’t choose to live that way. Addiction is a disorder of the brain that is treatable. Medication-Assisted Treatment can help people addicted to opioids avoid intense cravings and focus on their recovery.

Many people silently live with a substance use disorder. However, help is available; you don’t have to be alone.

Getting Help for Opioid Use Disorder

If you or somebody you love is addicted to opioids, help is available. Our Medication-Assisted Treatment is open to anyone in North Carolina. We offer it via telehealth sessions. We also offer in-person appointments at selection locations. Get in touch to learn more.


If you are in need of help, please call us at: 910-295-7246 or message us.

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