How To Tell If Someone is Addicted To Prescription Drugs


Through our life, we encounter instances where modern medicine is the only way to heal whatever damage has been done to our bodies, or to curb the symptoms of a problem that can’t be cured. There are times, however, when we or a loved one cross the line and become addicted to their prescriptions, taking something meant to help them and turning it into something that, not only hurts them, but their friends and family, as well. How can you tell? Below are a few signs that will bring addiction to light and make it possible to confront the issue.

Lack Of Hygiene

The average human takes a shower at least every other day, brushes their teeth daily, and remembers to wear deodorant and/or cologne or perfume. A friend or loved one who is addicted to prescription drugs will have a chaotic list of priorities. Personal hygiene will fall from its throne. Getting the next pill will become the goal and that shower will have to wait. You may not smell them initially, but you may notice they haven’t changed clothes for several days, or their house could use a little more than TLC.

Sudden Need For Money

Now it’s pretty normal for our friends and family members to need financial help from time to time, but when the needs start to pop up suddenly, carry a greater than usual urgency, and happen more frequently than they should, it may be a sign that the person asking is abusing prescribed medication. Eventually, most people stop allowing the person to borrow money. After all, if he/she is abusing, they will more than likely never pay it back. Their moral compass becomes bent and they no longer give place to that which is right all the time. These actions will lead to stealing. Again, the next fix becomes more important than the hurt they bring to those who love them.

Personality Changes

Along with a decline in manners and conscience, there will be times that your friend or loved one is overly moody, irrational, irritable, defensive, or depressed. These feelings will often surface when they are coming down off of whatever drug they are abusing. Their physical body begins to deal with withdrawal symptoms and the mental and emotional capabilities can’t cope very well. Even if your loved one isn’t in withdrawal, they may strike out in anger when their addiction is confronted.

There is hope. If you suspect that a friend or loved one is addicted to prescription drugs, talk to them. If that does not work, an intervention may be necessary. They are human, we love them, and they are well worth the effort. If you see someone you know exhibiting these symptoms, help them get help.