Relapse Prevention After Treatment
How does addiction to prescription drugs affect the statistics for drug abuse in the United States? It’s disappointing, but no surprise to hear marijuana and alcohol are at the top of the list of abused substances by individuals aged 14 and over. It’s definitely surprising to learn that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are next.
Cold and cough remedies containing dextromethorphan (a mind-altering drug) rank number 1 in abuse of OTC drugs. Vicodin, Ritalin, and Valium are among the most commonly abused prescribed drugs. Safe dosage instructions mean nothing when the user’s goal is abuse. The situation soon leads to addiction and other dangers, including overdose when drugs are combined or mixed with alcohol.