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Prescription drug abuse can be defined as taking medication differently to how you were instructed in order to feel the pleasurable effects or a “high” or to avoid the unpleasant side-effects of not taking the drug.
For example this could be taking your prescribed Ambien three or four times a day instead of the prescribed frequency and duration.
It’s important to be conscious of the long-term effects that continued prescription medication abuse can have on your body and overall quality of life.
Very often this type of addiction goes ignored as the negative effects on your body are not immediate or obvious unlike the effects from using illegal drugs such as heroin.
However prolonged abuse of prescription medication can have harmful effects both mentally and physically.
Effects of prescription drug abuse on cognitive functioning:
Physical long-term effects of prescription medication abuse:
Step Away is an alcohol and drug rehab in South Africa, Port Elizabeth.
We approach addiction holistically, helping patients address their addiction and identify their possible reasons for the addiction and abuse of substances.
Our trained team is dedicated to helping patients successfully recover from their addiction and integrate back into society.
If you or someone you know is abusing prescription medication and needs help,
Please click this link to contact us for more information on our prescription drug addiction treatment today.
Your life is the result of the choices you make, if you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.
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