If you are familiar with prescription pill addiction, you know it's not only cocaine, marijuana, LSD, meth, etc that people abuse. The latest war against drugs is no longer fought in dark alleys and gritty street corners. It's fought in neighborhood pharmacies, where millions of addicts around the world get their fix
When celebrities like Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson die as a result of their prescription pill addiction, people sit up and pay attention. But you don't need to be famous or rich to suffer from this dangerous habit.
Thousands of suburban dads, moms, teachers, teenagers, and even nurses are pharmaceutical junkies. In fact, many have died because of adderall addiction, and many of these deaths go unreported.
What Gets Abused?
There are three main types of prescription drugs that usually get abused and misused.
1. Stimulants - These include Ritalin and Adderall.
2. Depressants - These include Xanax and Valium, which depress your central nervous system.
3. Opioids - These include Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin.
What makes Vicodin so deadly is that used medically, it really does work. But when you abuse it, you won't even know you are addicted. This is because it's difficult to tell the difference between the signs of Vicodin addiction and real health problems, such as mental illness or the inability to control pain.
The Negative Effects
Addiction to prescription pills takes a huge toll on your finances, emotional health, and physical well-being. In particular, it attacks your liver. A liver that is healthy is supple and spongy. But, if you take many pills, your liver would need to work very hard to clear all the toxins in your body. It will turn a greenish hue and become soft.
If the abuse continues for many years without any effort at all to seek help from a drug abuse treatment center, expect your liver to suffer terribly. Over time, the liver will scar and turn into a shriveled, cirrhotic organ.
This is why many addicts experience liver cirrhosis and chronic liver diseases — and there is nothing at all pretty or nice about cirrhosis. When you have cirrhosis, your liver undergoes sure destruction which, in most cases, results in death.
So all the news about prescription pill addiction has been bleak thus far — but there is good news. The negative effects of pill addiction can be reversed!
It doesn't have to end in permanent liver damage. Once you stop popping pills and start making healthier lifestyle choices, you give your liver time to recover.
The liver is able to regenerate itself and go back to its pre-addiction state!
Whether you know it or not, someone you know is most likely fighting a prescription pill addiction.
The worst thing about this deadly habit?
Because pills are given out by doctors, many fail to see that these pills are just as devastating as coke, crack, or heroin. Left untreated, the addiction kills.
If you are addicted to prescription pills or know someone who is, do not wait for irreversible liver damage. Seek help right away. Whether this help comes from drug rehab facilities, family, or a trusted doctor, it is help that just might save a life — maybe even your own.
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