Pill Dependency: The Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pill Addiction

 Prescription pill addiction is a growing issue across the country. Towns that never used to have drug problems are overwhelmed by the recent explosion of individuals struggling with a dependency to prescription pills. Regardless of whether or not you were legally prescribed the pills or obtained them from friends, you can develop a mental and physical addiction that starts to take over your life. Pills that men and women can be at risk of becoming addicted to may include Oxycontin, oxycodone, Valium, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Percocet, Hydrocodone, Ativan and more.

If you are concerned that you have developed a dependency on prescription pills, the following are signs and symptoms of addiction:

  • Do you try to get your doctor to prescribe you more pills even though you may not medically need them? Do you try to find doctors for the sole purpose of obtaining pills? Do you see multiple doctors without their knowledge so you can get more than what is generally prescribed?
  • Do you feel extremely anxious about running out of pills and spend an excessive amount of time, money and energy trying to make sure that doesn’t happen?
  • Do you take medication that isn’t prescribed to you? Do you search through the drawers and medicine cabinets of friends and family members to try to find pills?
  • Have you tried to quit using in the past but found that you could not? Do you experience withdrawal symptoms—such as nausea, headaches, muscle aches, cold chills, irritability and/or vomiting—if you attempt to abruptly stop using? Do you tell yourself that you want to stop but come up with excuses to use again?


If you are concerned that you have pill dependency, there is hope. There is a Solution is a free treatment referral service that specializes in finding appropriate treatment for men, women and teens struggling with various addictions and co-occurring disorders. Finding a drug and alcohol treatment center can be overwhelming, especially if you are new to the recovery process or trying to get a loved one into rehab. There is a Solution can walk you through the process of getting the help you need. With one phone call, we can tell you about a variety of treatment options and facilities.

Don’t allow your addiction to continue to dictate your life. Things don’t change unless you take the step to change them. Make the call today. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.

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