Call the hospital. Contact your local university hospital for an addictionologist.
Drug abuse. All age groups are at risk. Older folks are less likely to misuse/abuse but they are not totally immune.
Abuse. Is misuse of medication, such as taking more than prescribed, or continued use when not in need.
Formal answer. Use = use abuse = use when you have on good authority not to use. (tobacco use is always abuse). Alcohol use in under 21 yo is always abuse. Illicit drug use is always abuse. Addiction = drug seeking, dose increasing, losing interest in healthy activities. Dependence = having physical symptoms of illness if drug is not used.
Mortality. A recent cdc report shows prescription opiate abuse as the number one cause of death in us in adolescents and young adults. Other than death, dependency leads to drug seeking, theft, poor nutrition, sleep disruption, poor academics, loss of work, legal problems, dui, loss of family and friends. Couldn't find a worse thing to do.
Tomorrow I see a counselor about my prescription drug abuse and to be checked for add. What should I do to prepare?
Be yourself. & Be honest about your intention to get better and get healed. Help yourself in this healing process and be compliant with your treatment. Seek help from the almighty power above. May god bless you!
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Lock your meds. You need to keep your medications locked in a safe out of general view.
It may or may not. Stop them but at least they are informed about the harm that can come to them from abusing prescription medications. It also allows for a dialogue to occur about the abuse.
See below. Prescription drugs have a street value. Thus they are stolen and sold. People take opioids for non medical reasons in order to get high and escape reality.
Abuse. By taking too many pain medications for a long period of time. Usually at the fault of the patient.
Abuse. Developing tolerance to the effects of the drug, plus fear of recurrence of symptoms if not using, basically physiological as well as psychological dependence.
Addiction. Most commonly abused are pain and anxiety medications which develop tolerance. With time more is needed to get same effect. Most common cause for abuse of anything is a desire and/or need to alter something about one's current reality or "get high" quicker onset of effects leads to increased abuse potential.