How Does Addiction Happen?
Addiction is often the result of a vicious cycle since some prescription drugs can be more potent than illegal substances. So, when a user exceeds the prescribed dosage, either by taking the drugs more often than prescribed or increasing its dosage quantity, addiction can occur.
To make matters worse, the body then gets used to a drug, so the user needs to then increase the dosage once again to get the same effect that they became reliant on. Sometimes, it’s the physician who increases the dosage so that an extremely ill person can get relief from ailment-related pain, but too often this leads to dependency.
Unfortunately, prescription drug addiction isn’t limited to the person for whom the drugs were prescribed. Think of it this way; you’re suffering from allergies and don’t have your medication with you. A friend offers you an alternative, and it works, so you take another…and so on. Yes, prescription drug addiction can be caused when certain drugs are taken by an unintended user for a seemingly innocent reason.
Recreational use is also a major cause. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks drug uses for non-medical purposes. At the time HHS declared the above-mentioned epidemic, the CDC estimated that as many as seven million people were taking prescription drugs for non-medical use.