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How to Identify if Your Loved One Is Addicted to Prescription Pills

If you have a loved one whom you suspect has a substance abuse problem, the last thing that you want to do is to wait any longer to help get them treatment from a New York drug treatment program. But how can you be sure that they have a drug addiction?

People who are abusing drugs often act a certain way and try to get prescription medications, such as opioids, from various medical facilities like emergency rooms and doctors’ offices. Since most people will not voluntarily admit that they have a substance abuse problem, they often need the guidance of concerned family members or friends. Knowing how to identify if your loved one is addicted to prescription pills will help save their lives.

Common behavior of a prescription pill addict include:

– Describing a list of textbook symptoms.

– Frequent visits to emergency rooms with complaints of pain or anxiety.

– Going to two or more doctors within a short time period, otherwise known as doctor shopping.

– Frequently losing or having a prescription “stolen.”

– Exaggerating the severity of symptoms.

– Shows drug withdrawal symptoms.

– Frequent visits to out-of-town doctors.

– Does not show interest in actual diagnosis and is only interested in the drug prescribed.

– Unwilling to provide medical records or contact information about previous doctors.

– Claims to need a specific narcotic because they are allergic to non-narcotics.

If your loved one exhibits any of the above behavior of a prescription pill addict, then helping them accept treatment from a rehab center in New York is the next step. In order to do that, you will want to first set up an intervention. Since most drug addicts will not openly admit to having a substance abuse problem, and in some cases may not even be aware of it, you will need to schedule an intervention to make them aware of their problem. Bring friends and family on board to help you speak with your loved one, and make sure that you outline a plan beforehand. Stick to focusing on getting your loved one to realize that they need the help of a New York treatment facility, and avoid reacting when they undoubtedly get defensive.

Once your loved one agrees to accept the help of a New York drug treatment program, the next step is to get a diagnosis from the treatment center. They will be able to do this once your loved one meets with one of their addiction specialists. Once a diagnosis is made, the facility will assess your loved one in order to come up with the best course of action regarding their treatment. From there, the start of their journey in recovery begins!


If you or a loved one are in need of a quality New York treatment facility, call Treatment Alternatives New York today.

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