Rich or poor, young or old, pharmaceuticals are very addictive. Addiction doesn’t mean that you’re weak, and it doesn’t make you a bad person, but it does mean that you need to get help. The drugs we are prescribed for valid medical reasons can too often prove seductive and it’s so easy to take more than is truly needed.
Addiction to pills can happen fast, and family and friends never know when our use has become abuse. Addicts don’t have to look like junkies, and a drug addict may just as easily be a kindly grandmother or a soccer mom. Drugs don’t discriminate and the devastation of abuse can affect anyone. If you’re abusing pills, you need help, and you need it now.
My last stint in rehab was for a pharmaceutical addiction, and my peers in recovery sure did look like a cross section of America! Drugs don’t care about your gender your sexual orientation or your race; drugs devastate equally. I can’t tell you how many people end up addicted to a medication originally prescribed to heal, and let that addiction grow for far too long, thinking that they could never become a drug addict!
If you take drugs, whether prescribed or not, for any purpose other than as explicitly recommended, you are abusing them, and once you start abusing a drug, it’s a hop skip and a jump to dependence.
The problem with drugs of course is that they feel so good. At least at first, and when they’re prescribed we tend to minimize the dangers and justify our usage, and all the while we slide ever closer to dependency. Thinking that drug addiction only happens to other people, people with weaker morals or that come from bad families, is partly why so many people end up with problems of their own.
Like I said, a drug doesn’t discriminate, and if you abuse it, it will grab a hold of you.
Dependency doesn’t make you a bad person, you may do things you’re ashamed of while dependent, but becoming an addict can happen to the best of us. Prescription pills are really dangerous, and I never met a single person in recovery that didn’t wish they had never started. Some people are using to get high from the start, but most are just regular people, with a medical problem, that just happen to be prescribed a seductive, pleasurable and addictive drug in the treatment of their symptoms.
You don’t feel like a junky when you buy your drugs at the pharmacy, and family and friends can rarely tell when your use has crossed into abuse. A pharmaceutical addiction can remain hidden for a long time, ever deepening its hold, and ever increasing the difficulty of rehabilitation.
If you are abusing pharmaceutical drugs, now is the time to stop, not tomorrow…now! Every day you wait makes what must ultimately occur more difficult. If you are abusing a medication, and you are physically dependent on that medication, you are a drug addict. It doesn’t make you a bad person, but it does mean that you’re going to need to admit to your weakness and get the help you’ll need.
The detox from pharmaceuticals can be very tough, and for some drugs, can even be dangerous. It’s best to get professional help when you decide to finally break free. A sequestered detox and rehab worked for me, but you’ll have to decide what’s right for you. Have the courage to admit your problem, and get the help you need.
Admitting you need help doesn’t make you weak, it proves that you are strong and determined and won’t let a bottle of pills diminish your life anymore.