Frequently Asked Questions

Am I addicted?

Many different signs can point to drug addiction. Do you exhibit any of these common indicators?

  • Using drugs when alone
  • Scheduling your day around drug use
  • Feelings of guilt or remorse after drug use
  • Feel annoyed when others criticize your drug habits
  • Missing/Late to work or school due to drug use
  • Cravings for drugs
  • Losing interest in other things that used to be important

If you think you — or a friend — may be addicted to prescription drugs, talk to your doctor, school counselor, or nurse. They can help you get the help you need. It's especially important for someone who is going through withdrawal from a CNS depressant to speak with a doctor or seek medical treatment. Withdrawal can be dangerous when it's not monitored.

If someone has become addicted to prescription drugs, there are several kinds of treatment, depending on individual needs and the type of drug used. The two main categories of drug addiction treatment are behavioral and pharmacological.

Behavioral treatments teach people how to function without drugs — handling cravings, avoiding drugs and situations that could lead to drug use, and preventing and handling relapses. Pharmacological treatments involve giving patients a special type of medication to help them overcome withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.

Jump to Teen Questions

Parents

  • How can I improve my communication with my child?
  • It is important to let your child know that you will always be there for him. They need to know that no matter what the situation they can pick up the phone and call you if they need help. You should encourage your child to come to you with tough decisions or problems they are facing.
  • What advice should I give my child with regards to peer pressure?
  • A child needs to know that he/she can always say NO if they are uncomfortable in a situation. Try to instill good core values into your child and then encourage him to base his/her decisions off those values. They shouldn't ever let peer pressure compromise their true values. Stress to your child that true friends will not pressure each other to go against their values.
  • Useful articles:
  • How to Protect Your Kids from Substance Abuse
  • 7 Questions From Teens About Peer Pressure, Drug Experimentation
  • 7 Questions From Teens About Abusing Easy-to-Find Substances

Teens

  • How can I let my friends know I don't want to do something and still remain friends with them?
  • If your friends are trying to get you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, just tell them you're not interested. Real friends will respect your opinion and give you the freedom to make your own choices. They won't put you in situations that force you to compromise your core values.
  • I suspect my friend of prescription drug abuse. What should I do?
  • You can start by casually bringing up the problem to your friend. If he/she really does have a problem, chances are they might be happy to have someone to talk to. If they become agressive or hostile, let them know you are only trying to help and looking out for their best interest. Either way, you can alert your friend to resources such as this website to seek help. If the problem persists and your friend won't respond to your attempts to help, then you can Ask Dr. Pain or seek advice from a professional.