19 December 2016

Identifying a Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is becoming increasingly common, not just here in the UK but also in many countries around the world. Often, people would not give prescription drugs a second thought and just take them, assuming that because a doctor prescribed them, they are safe to consume. Although prescription drugs are safe and legal when taken as prescribed, if abused they can be just as harmful as any illegal drug; the individual abusing them could develop an addiction very easily.

One man who knows the consequences of a prescription drug addiction is Matt Cooper, who found that he was addicted to medication prescribed by his doctor when he suffered a neck injury.

‘I’m Not Going to Wake Up’

The former rugby league star has spoken out about his prescription drug addiction after he overdosed on a dangerous mix of the drugs and ended up in hospital. Cooper revealed that he knew he needed to change his ways after the overdose as there were concerns that he would not make it. He was admitted to a rehab in New South Wales recently after battling his addiction to a form of pain relief called Endone. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he said, “I was like ‘I’m taking too many pills here.’ There were times I was like ‘I’m not going to wake up’.”

Getting Tired

Cooper revealed that he knew he had an addiction after he researched overdoses caused by the drug and the effects it had on the affected individual. He added, “I Googled how people die from this drug, and they just stop breathing. That is when I realised I had to tell my wife. You can only hold a secret for so long, and I was getting tired.”

He was hurried to intensive care to save his life; one month later, he was admitted to South Coast Private Hospital to get his addiction under control.

Be Alert to Warning Signs of Addiction

He was concerned that his wife of sixteen years, Dallas, would seek custody of their two children, seven-year-old Indie and four-year-old Starr after she found out about his addiction. An addiction that began after he had injured his neck in 2015 and used the drug as a form of pain relief. “I am here telling my story, and I hope someone, some kid, who is taking that drug takes it easy or comes clean or even just talks about it,” he said. Cooper also added that people should be alert when it comes to the warning signs of addiction with prescription drugs.

Difficulty Preventing a Prescription Drug Addiction

Most start out by taking prescription drugs as pain relief, given to them by a doctor or a pharmacist for a legitimate medical condition. In some cases, the individual will begin taking more and more of the drug to ease the pain they are experiencing, which is what can ultimately lead to addiction.

This often goes unnoticed by the doctor or pharmacist as they will sometimes just assume that the individual requires more of the drugs for pain relief; in some cases, the addict will go to extreme measures and pretend to be in serious pain just to obtain more of the drugs.

One of the biggest problems with prescription medication addiction is that those affected may try to source their drugs elsewhere if their doctor refuses to give them another prescription. Many will look online, and this often results in them buying fake pills, which can lead to devastating consequences.

Help and Support when Overcoming an Addiction

You may have your suspicions that a loved one is suffering from a prescription drug addiction, and at this point, you think, “What do I do about it?”. It can be a difficult subject to broach, and the addict may feel as though you are cornering them, which can cause them to completely shut down and avoid speaking about the issue. To prevent this situation from happening, contact us here at UKAT; we specialise in assisting those with prescription drug addictions, and we may be able to help with your addicted loved one.

Our clinics are comfortable and welcoming, and our patients feel relaxed here. Many of our staff members have also had previous experience with addiction, making them the ideal individuals to help you – you can rest assured that you will never be judged at our clinic. We want all our clients to feel confident and motivated to overcome their addiction, and we will be there to support them every step of the way. If you require any additional information or have any general enquiries about our services, then do not hesitate to contact us today and we would be more than happy to assist.

Source: Former NRL star Matt Cooper opens up on his drug addiction after he was rushed to hospital taking a ‘cocktail of prescription drugs’ (Daily Mail)

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