Before we start talking about the ways people are miss-using medicine in order to satisfy their addictive needs we would like to explain what the term drugs actually denotates.
A drug is any chemical substance or compound that has been isolated with the intent to be used on the human, animal or plant organism in order to influence their metabolic functioning. Every drug has a dual nature, by this we mean that one can use drugs to better someone’s health or to harm it even causing death. This fact alone gives any pharmaceutical or alternative drug the potential to be both good and harmful, depending on the organism in question and the drug use pattern.
What Medicine can be Misused?
Even thou one can buy a lot of different drugs in pharmacies all over the world, not all of them will cause addiction in a person. The ones that do are usually the ones that influence the level of neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin, in the organism. This means that the medicine that has the potential to cause addictive behavior in a person is the one that chemically resembles opioids.
These are drugs like morphine, codeine, and diazepam. They have an important role in the treatment of pain and have been used in medicine for a long time. Sometimes they are also prescribed, by doctors, to people who have trouble with handling extreme emotional states like anxiety and depression.
Some patients develop a drug use problem when they start using these drugs, and they can have a great ordeal with the treatment of their problem because most of the opioids are chemical similar to heroin. On the other hand, there are people who intentionally seek these drugs even thou they do not have the health problem it is used for.
How to Know if we are Addicted to Prescribed Drugs?
The answer is simple if you catch yourself using a drug that has been prescribed to you longer then the time the doctor has said you have probably developed an addictive response to it and you should talk to your doctor about your problem.