It can be difficult to spot an addiction. However, there are some warning signs you should look out for if you or someone you love uses prescription drugs or any other substances. If they continue seeking out prescription drugs even after their recommended course of prescription has finished, or if they are taking more than the prescribed dose, they might be developing an addiction.
Another sign could be that they are very preoccupied with taking their prescription and will do anything to convince their doctor to prescribe them more. They might also be withdrawing from other commitments in their life or not making as much time to see friends and family.
If their addiction becomes serious, it may impact their day to day functioning. They might find it harder to get to work on time or to maintain their personal hygiene. It is critically important to note that it is never too early to discuss these concerns with a healthcare provider.
Addiction is a spectrum condition and there are many treatment opportunities at varying stages of the progression of addiction. Also, it’s important to understand that someone may be dependent on medication but not addicted to it. The main difference is that with addiction there is compulsive use despite consequences.