3 Dangerous, Addictive Pills in Your Medicine Cabinet

Addictive Pills Could Be Nearer Than You Think

Once upon a time, when you thought of addiction, you thought of drugs like cocaine and heroin. Perhaps you thought of meth or Ecstasy. But today, the danger of addiction could be in your own medicine cabinet in the form of addictive pills. In fact, most people have addictive pills in their medicine cabinets. You might have an Ambien sleeping pill bottle from a few years ago, or you may still have that bottle of prescription pain pills from your wisdom teeth removal surgery.

If you have addictive tendencies or if you have struggled with substance abuse in the past, these should be red flags for you. Or perhaps for yourself, they aren’t a temptation, but for other people in your household, or people who might visit your house, they could be a problem. And there are other addictive pills, too, that could be lurking in your bathroom.

Regardless of whether you worry someone might abuse them, it’s crucial to at least know if you have addictive drugs in your house. Here are the top three most dangerous prescription drugs to be wary of:

  1. Opioids

Some of the most addictive pills on the market today are opioid painkillers, including Oxycontin and Vicodin.

These drugs are prescribed extremely often and are related to heroin because both prescription opioid painkillers and heroin are derived from opium, which comes from the Asian poppy plant.

The signs of pain pill addiction are fairly telltale. The individual often complains of pain and makes excuses for taking these pills or borrowing them from friends and family.

  1. Antidepressants

This class of drugs includes those like Prozac, Zoloft, Cymbalta, and Lexapro. Antidepressants are meant to increase levels of serotonin in the brain to help with severe mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety.

  1. Sedatives and Depressants

Also used to treat depression and anxiety, sedatives and depressants help calm and depress the central nervous system. Drugs like these that are used for anxiety include Xanax, Valium, and Ativan.

Also in the class of sedatives are drugs like the Ambien sleeping pill. Sleeping pills are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs on the market and are extremely dangerous.

The Signs of Pain Pill Addiction and Other Substance Abuse Problems

Some of the signs of pain pill addiction are rather common. The individual will first generally lie about how many drugs they take. In order to get more of a specific prescription, they may steal or buy prescription medications on the black market. Many will also end up “doctor shopping” in order to find new doctors who will prescribe them with the medications that they are addicted to.

How to Get Help for a Prescription Drug Addiction

Only a professional treatment center can truly help you get off prescription drugs. You’ll need to go through detox in order to get the drugs out of your system. After detox, you’ll go through intensive therapy and counseling to avoid relapse in the future.

Contact White Sands Treatment to Get Help

If you are struggling with an addictive pills problem and need professional treatment, we can help. White Sands Treatment believes in a holistic approach to recovery from addiction and one that caters to the individual.

No matter what it is you’re looking for in your care and treatment, we want to be there to help with a comprehensive, individualized plan. Our doctors, therapists, counselors, and entire staff will work hard to ensure that you get the best treatment possible at our facilities.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.