Cold Medication Can Be Addicting

Cold Medication has been prescribed to you by your doctor because you can’t get any sleep due to your heavy coughing. You doctor assures you that this will work and you will get the rest you need to help you get over your irritating cold. After leaving the doctor’s office you take the prescription to the pharmacy and get it filled. On the way home you open the bottle and take some not wanting to wait to start feeling better. Once you are at home you read the instructions and take the prescribed amount and lay down to rest. Within forty-five minutes you do start feeling better and you are a bit drowsy.

The cold medication prescribed to you by your doctor contains codeine, a derivative of opium. Codeine is opium and therefore a narcotic which when taken orally passes through the liver on its way to the brain. When codeine reaches the brain it is converted to morphine which slows you’re coughing and takes away your pain. When someone is miserable with a cold and a tablespoon of medication makes you feel a little better the temptation is to take some more. The combination of a strong narcotic and feeling better can lead to addiction.

When the cold medication is gone and you feel tired and irritable you may assume that you still have the offending cold when in reality your body has become dependent on the codeine. Codeine is strong enough that Heroin Addicts can use it to lessen the withdrawal when they need a fix. I am not suggesting that someone who uses cough medicine is an addict but prolonged use of any narcotic can lead to a stay in a Drug Detox

Addiction; Desperate Maladies Require Desperate Remedies

An addiction is an uncontrollable strong craving for something, or to be abnormally dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. There are many types of addiction, the most common are alcohol addiction, narcotic addiction, and drug addiction; also known as substance dependence.

Drug addiction is the compulsive use of drugs, to the extreme point where the user has no other choice but to continue to use them. A drug addict might address his beloved drug in De Quincey’s words, “thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh, just, subtle, and mighty opium!” An addict’s paradise is an inferno in disguise.

The demon of drug abuse has engulfed the entire world. It has clutched the youth of society in its deadly jaws.

The range of addictive drugs or substances and widely abused drugs include Alcohol, Anabolic steroids, Analgetics, Barbiturates, Buprenorphine, Butorphanol, Chloral hydrate, trichloroethanol & derivatives, Cocaine, Codeine, Dextroproxyp, Dextromethorphan, Ethchlorvynol, Fentanyl & its analogs, Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Glutethimide, Heroin (Diacetylmorphine), Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Ketamine, Laxatives, Levo-alpha-acetylmethadol (LAAM), Meperidine, Meprobamate, Methamphetamine & other Amphetamines, Methaqualone & related sedative-hypnotics, Methadone, Methcathinone, Morphine, Nicotine, Oxycodone, Opium, Xanax, Paraldehyde (Paral), Phencyclidine (PCP), and Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol).

Drugs have dragged the addicts to the deep dungeons of oblivion. The whole international community that is direly worried about the problem of drug abuse, has given a loud and clear call to medical institutes and organizations to liberate the victims of drug addiction.

Psychological experts and researchers are always raking their minds to know why people fall prey to drugs. Their studies have divulged that drugs and intoxicants are used to forget or negate the frustrations of life, failures in life, dejected love affairs, depression, or sometimes for fun or adventure.

“Thank the Lord, there’s a ray of hope!” Doctors and researchers have been able to invent some treatments for drug addiction.

Standard drug addiction treatment may include behavioral therapy, medications, or a combination of both. Medication therapy includes medical treatment to beat drug addiction. Behavioral therapy consists of counseling, cognitive therapy, or psychotherapy. The third method, the combination of both, is proving to be the most effective treatment for addiction recovery.

In medication therapy, for instance, addiction treatment like methadone, LAAM, and naltrexone are helpful for opium addicted people. Nicotine replacement therapy, nicotine patches, gum, nasal spray and bupropion are quite effective for people addicted to nicotine. Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or neuroleptics, are helpful for treatment of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or psychosis.

As drug addiction is a chronic disorder, there’s no effective short-term treatment for it. It requires a long-term treatment to beat drug addiction.

Finally, strong will power plays a key role in addiction treatment and addiction recovery. Psychotherapists can play an important role in building up the patients’ will to beat drug addiction.

Martin H. Fischer says, “There is only one reason why men become addicted to drugs, they are weak men. Only strong men are cured, and they cure themselves.”

Some Highly Addictive Prescription Drugs

The notion that drugs prescribed by a physician are safer than street drugs is a dangerous proposition that could spell doom for many. Prescription drug abuse has proved to be the most deplorable habit causing significant physical and mental harm to the people in America.

The country is badly in the grip of prescription drugs, overdose of which is killing more people than gun violence and road mishaps. Of all the drugs, a handful of them are highly addictive and the slightest flirtation with any of those could lead to a complicated situation.

The commonly abused prescription drugs are divided into three categories — opioids, depressants and stimulants. It is important to exercise extreme caution when somebody is prescribed these medicines. People grow dependent on them and start abusing these drugs at a faster rate than others.

Here, we take a look at some of the highly addictive drugs:

Xanax: It is a benzodiazepine prescribed to treat panic disorder and severe anxiety. It works by depressing the hyperactive central nervous system of a person. Its sedating and relaxing effects are a huge draw for addicts. No wonder, it is the most abused drug in the market.

Oxycodone: It is an opioid and is commonly sold as OxyContin and Percocet. Since it induces a euphoric and sedative effect, oxycodone alters the way the brain and the nervous system respond to pain. It is a highly prescribed drug that is prescribed by physicians nearly 6 million times a year. The fact that it is a costly drug forces addicts to often resort to stealing and procuring it through illicit means.

Klonopin & Valium: These are the most abused drugs after Xanax because of their sedative properties. The high achieved from Klonopin and Valium is akin to that of alcohol, wherein a person is induced with feelings of drunkenness. He tends to become loquacious and relaxed at the same time. These traits of the drugs make them habit-forming and people grow dependent on them.

Demerol & Darvocet: Categorized among the most abused painkillers in the market, these drugs were, in fact, withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2010. The danger lurks in the quick tolerance people develop for these drugs. This makes people increase the dosage, which leads to serious complications and withdrawal symptoms.

Codeine (Purple Drank): Codeine is an opioid which is used in conjunction with other medicines to arrest cough and pain. It has a sedative effect when consumed in high quantities and can result in altered levels of consciousness. It forms the base for “purple drank,” a concoction of soda and candy that was popularized in the early 2000s through hip-hop music.

Amphetamines (Speed): These have earned the street name of “Speed” among abusers. Prescribed to patients of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, amphetamines address the issues like focus and wakefulness in such patients. They are grossly misused drugs in the market, sold under the name of Adderall, by people who need to stay awake. The most ardent fans of Speed are students, truck drivers and shift workers who have to meet tight deadlines.

Ritalin: It is a stimulant which acts on the central nervous system and heightens attention level. It is also habit forming and is highly risky. These drugs are also frequently prescribed by doctors and they are easily available in the market. The easy availability has fueled the rampant abuse of Ritalin.