Misuse of prescription drugs is a serious public health problem in the United States with results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, showing an estimated 2.1 million Americans using prescription drugs nonmedically. The term nonmedical use of prescription drugs refers to:
- taking prescription drugs in a manner or dosage other than prescribed
- taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain
- taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., to get high)
The most commonly misused medications are:
Opioids — usually prescribed to treat pain
Central Nervous System [CNS] Depressants (this category includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics) — used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
Stimulants — most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Individuals addicted to prescription drugs should not attempt to stop taking them on their own. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can be severe and—in the case of certain medications—potentially life-threatening.
If you or someone you know has become addicted to prescription drugs, Florida Center for Recovery is here to help. Our rehab facility offers specialized prescription drug rehab programs through our all-inclusive inpatient detox and rehabilitation services. For more information call our admissions department at: 800-851-3291
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.