Prescription drugs can be a safe and effective way of treating certain medical conditions when used as directed. However, when individuals misuse these drugs, it can be dangerous to their health and increase risk of addiction. Understanding the benefits and risks of certain prescriptions is important, as well as knowing how they should be safely used. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are taking prescription drugs:
- Talk to your doctor about exactly what drug you are taking, why, and what the expected outcome is. Make sure you know how the drug works and what potential side effects are, as well as any risk of addiction.
- Ask about warning signs of addiction. While many people are able to safely take prescription medications with no problems, it is a good idea to know what to look for that may indicate addiction.
- Only use the medication as prescribed. If you have unused drugs remaining, take them to a secure drop-off facility or follow procedures for safe disposal. This can help to keep the drugs from getting into the wrong hands.
- Keep prescriptions out of sight and out of reach of children. Make sure they are in a safe and secure location.
If you are concerned about taking a prescription medication due to fear of addiction, ask about alternative options. There may be holistic or non-prescription alternatives that you can try first. Medication does not always have to be the first line of defense when other treatments can prove effective. Discuss options with your doctor, especially if you or someone in your family is in recovery from addiction.
If you are faced with a prescription drug addiction, Above It All can provide the comprehensive treatment you need for recovery. We will work with you to overcome addiction and learn how to manage your health and well-being in a safer, healthier way. Above It All supports you along each step of the way as you progress through treatment and recovery.
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