Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs?
Our prescription drug addiction assessment features 20 Yes or No questions. Read each question carefully and check the "Yes" box if that answer applies to you. If your answer is "No", don't check the box.
Prescription Drug Addiction Information
If you've been using prescription meds on a regular basis, you may be wondering, "Am I addicted to prescription drugs?". As many prescription medications are highly addictive, it's definitely possible that you've developed a bad habit. However, many people use meds responsibly, making it tough to distinguish whether or not you have a problem on your hands.
We've developed a prescription drug addiction assessment to help you identify whether or not you have a drug abuse habit. This free online questionnaire will enable us to take a close look at your relationship with prescription drugs. Once you fill out the quiz, we can take a look at your answers and let you know whether you should seek treatment.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 65,000 Americans overdosed on prescription drugs in 2016. This drugs included opiates such as fentanyl and hydrocodone as well as benzodiazepines like Xanax. If you are worried that you may be addicted to prescription drugs, therefore, it's time to determine whether or not you have a problem. Taking our free online addiction quiz could help you to spot a problem and prevent you from facing severe consequences down the road.
These drugs all carry the highest risk of addiction:
- Methylphenidate (sold as Ritalin and Concerta)
- Alprazolam (sold as Xanax)
- Clonazepam (sold as Klonopin)
- Hydrocodone (sold as Vicodin)
- Fentanyl (sold as Duragesic and Actiq)
- Diazepam (sold as Valium)
Inability to stop using: If you are unable to quit using a drug after your prescription has expired, you may have an addiction on your hands. It is likely that the reason you can't stop using the drug is that you have become chemically dependent on it. Many people become dependent on drugs that they were originally prescribed to. In severe cases, chemical dependency and a heightened tolerance can lead people to start using illicit substances like heroin.
Diminished physical health: If a prescription drug is no longer treating symptoms but making them worse instead, it is time to stop using. Each prescription drug carries its own potential side effects. Benzos and opiates, for example, can cause your nervous system to slow down to an unhealthy level. Amphetamines like Adderall can speed up your nervous system, which is also unhealthy. It is important to stop using prescription drugs before they have a detrimental effect on your health.
Problems in your personal life: Like all drugs, prescription meds can quickly become the most important thing in an addict's life. It's a bad sign if a drug becomes the reason you get out of bed in the morning. The desire to obtain and use a drug can overshadow all of your other responsibilities and cause you to neglect other, more important aspects of your life. If your job, education, family or other personal relationships have suffered due to drug use, it could be time to seek treatment.
Fortunately, there are all kinds of treatment options for people who suffer from prescription drug addiction. Detox, therapy and support groups are available to help people who struggle with this condition.
If you'd like to confirm the results of your online quiz with a member of our staff, feel free to call us. We can discuss your relationship with drugs and offer some advice on potential treatment options.
In order to get off of prescription drugs, you should start thinking about treatment. There's a variety of addiction resources that can provide the physical and psychological support you need to get clean. Here are a few treatment options to think about:
Detox: When you use a substance regularly for an extended period of time, your body becomes physically dependent on it. In order to reverse that chemical dependency, you'll need to start the recovery process by detoxing. Essentially, that means that you'll stop using the drug and allow your body to flush out the remaining traces of it. Depending on your drug of choice and the severity of your addiction, the entire detox process can take between one and two weeks.
Rehab: While detox helps you tackle the physical aspects of your addiction, drug rehab helps you to overcome the psychological aspects. Addiction, after all, is a two-sided condition. In a professional rehab program, you'll meet with therapists, counselors and other addicts to discuss your experience. These individuals will help you to develop mental tools for staying drug-free in the future.
Please reach out to us if you want to talk about your drug habit with a professional addiction specialist. We can discuss the results of your addiction assessment and provide some information about treatment options.