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Naperville is the fifth largest city in the state of Illinois with a total population of 141,853 according to the 2010 United States Census. The city was voted the second best place to live in the United States by the Money Magazine in 2006. Naperville was originally a quite farming town, today it is full of corporate headquarters. Naperville was named as the wealthiest city in the Midwest and eleventh in the nation with a population over 75,000, in 2010. This city full of wealth and success has a large number of residents fighting addictions to prescription medications.
Prescription Drug Abuse in Naperville, Illinois
Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs and residents in the state of Illinois are finding themselves addicted. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Prescription drugs like oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and Fentanyl are quickly becoming the drugs of choice for abusers.
In some cases of prescription drug addiction the user never intended on abusing the drug “It just happened”. They began taking a medication that was prescribed by a Doctor for a legitimate reason and after the health issue was cleared up they continued to take the drug because they enjoyed how it made them feel, they began to develop a dependency. Others began abusing prescription medications to get high with the false idea that it is safer than illicit drug use, this is far from the truth. In fact, nearly 500,000 people were admitted to a hospitals emergency department for drug overdoses because of misused prescription drugs in 2000. Those abusers have drug seeking behaviors and will beg, barrow and even steal from friends and family to feed their habit. They are known in the medical community as drug addicts who come up with fake health issues to get drugs.
There are three types of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused throughout the United States; Depressants (Sedatives and Tranquilizers), Stimulants and Narcotic Painkillers.
Depressants, sedatives and tranquilizers can slow normal brain function. They are prescribed to treat a large variety of health conditions such as anxiety and panic attacks, tension, severe stress reactions, and sleep disorders. Depressant abuse holds many health risks such as loss of coordination, respiratory depression, low blood pressure, dizziness, slurred speech, inability to concentrate, and confusion. Overdose can cause coma and death.
Stimulants are commonly prescribed for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), they are also used to treat a variety of conditions such as asthma, respiratory problems, obesity, and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Stimulants are often abused and when taken in higher doses they can produce euphoric, calming effects. Stimulant abuse health risk include increased respiratory and heart rates, vomiting, anxiety, tremors, hostile mood changes. With severe stimulant abuse problem convulsions, cardiovascular collapse and effecting the persons mental health causing suicidal and/or homicidal tendencies.
Narcotic painkillers are drugs prescribed for pain and are only legally available by prescription, when abused they can be very addictive. Abusing painkillers can be very dangerous when taking an dose higher than prescribed or when taken with alcohol or other drugs. Short-term effects of painkiller abuse such as loss of energy, inability to concentrate, nausea and vomiting. Respiratory problems and overdose can occur when taking medications incorrectly, for recreational use.
There is help out there…
If you have found yourself addicted to prescription drugs and are ready to quit then contact an Rehab Programs in Naperville, Illinois. Here you will go through the detox process under the supervision of a medical profession to insure your safety, you may even be prescribed non-addictive prescription medications to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal. Then you will receive counseling in both group and individual settings to get to the true root cause of your addiction and learn how to live a life free of drugs.
If you are ready to make the first step and admit there is a problem, Rehab Programs in Naperville, Illinois are here to help you start your recovery process.