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The Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug addiction is a huge problem in this country. Sometimes these types of addictions aren’t seen as severe right away since the drugs are prescribed by a medical doctor. However, an addiction to prescription drugs is just as severe as any other substance addiction and requires treatment. Here are some of the most abused prescription drugs.


Opioid Addiction

When it comes to the most abused drugs prescribed by doctors, opioid painkillers top the list. When you get a prescription from a medical doctor, it’s easy to dismiss the risk of addiction since you’re getting the drug to treat pain, however, it can be just as addictive as any other drug. The most prescribed painkillers are Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Morphine, and Oxycodone. All these drugs require medical supervision during the detox process since withdrawal symptoms can be severe.


Anti-Anxiety Medications and Sedatives

Anti-anxiety meds and sedatives like Nembutal, Ambien, Valium, and Xanax can be extremely addictive. Treatment for these addictions could be tricky since they are prescribed to treat mental illnesses and sleep disorders. However, abuse of these drugs is extremely dangerous and can lead to injury and even fatal overdoses. Medical advice and supervision are necessary when seeking treatment from these addictions.



Prescription stimulants like Dexedrine, Ritalin, and Adderall are extremely addictive. These drugs work by affecting the central nervous system to increase alertness and brain function. They can be taken orally, however, someone abusing the drug could be snorting or injecting them as well. Since the drugs have such powerful cognitive effects, stopping the use of the drug is nearly impossible on your own. Treatment programs and a medically assisted detox is sometimes necessary.


If you or someone you know is suffering from prescription drug addiction, you are not alone. At Atlantic Recovery Center, our trained professionals are experienced in treating these kinds of addictions. Help is available and you can get through this. Please reach out for more information today.