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Prescription Drug Abuse in Naperville IL (630) 596-4075

When a person is engaging in prescription drug abuse, it means that they are misusing prescription drugs, overusing prescription drugs, or both. The concept of misusing prescription drugs essentially means that a person is using the drug for a reason or in a way that is not intended or prescribed by their physician.

There is specialized treatment available for the abuse of prescription drugs. For addiction help, call Alcohol Treatment Centers Naperville at 630-596-4075.

Common Drugs of Abuse

While in theory virtually any prescription drug could be abused, some do get abused more often than others. Some of these common drug types are:


Opiates are drugs prescribed by physicians to treat moderate to severe physical pain. These highly controlled substances are among the most addictive legal drugs and are also known as narcotic or opioids. When consumed, opiates make a person feel immensely calm and relaxed as they are nervous system suppressants. These drugs slow breathing and the heart rate and relax the muscles. They also block pain receptors. Some opiate drugs are:

  • Demerol
  • Codeine
  • Dilaudid
  • Morphine


Sedatives are drugs that are prescribed to calm or relax a person. Generally they are used to treat mental health disorders including acute or chronic anxiety, or PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). When sedatives are consumed they help a person relax and feel mellow and calm. They are also used as sleep aids to treat insomnia. Sedatives include:

  • Ambien
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan
  • Xanax


Stimulants are prescription drugs that are given to excite the nervous system into a specific type of action. Many people assume that stimulant drugs make people hyper and thus do not understand why stimulants are used so often to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). However, in prescribed doses, stimulants work to stimulate the brain into a state of increased focus and attention and can even help improve committing information learned to memory. Stimulants may also be prescribed to treat seizures and seizure disorders. Some stimulant drugs include:

  • Ritalin
  • Concerta
  • Adderall
  • Biphetamine

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

  • Seeking out multiple prescriptions from different doctors
  • Extreme or rapid changes in weight
  • Financial troubles
  • Hostility towards friends and family
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Lying about losing medication when runs out fast
  • Changes in blood pressure or heart rate
  • Trouble at work or school
  • Changes in appetite

Treatment Options for Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Once a person is ready to receive treatment for their prescription drug abuse problem or addiction, the first step is to get the drug out of their system. However, this also sends the person into withdrawal as their body reacts to being denied the substance it is addicted to.

Because even minor symptoms of withdrawal can feel extremely intense and major symptoms can be potentially life-threatening without care from a physician, medical detox is the best option for treatment. In medical detox, a person is under the care of a physician and they may be able to gradually detox rather than all at once through the use of carefully administered medications.

When medical detox is complete, the recovering prescription drug addict will then want to go further with their treatment to deal with the issues that led them to abuse prescription drugs and develop coping mechanisms to avoid relapse and future substance abuse and addiction. This will include individual and group therapy, and may also include restorative yoga, art therapy, and music therapy among other options.

While prescription drug abuse and addiction are serious problems, there is treatment available to you. Contact Alcohol Treatment Centers Naperville at 630-596-4075 to get the prescription drug addiction treatment you need.

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