Prescription drug abuse has become a far more serious problem as opposed to street drugs.  Drugs being prescribed by doctors that appear safe such as antidepressants, stimulants, painkillers and tranquilizers, can be just as potent and addictive drugs sold on the street. For example Oxy Contin a powerful painkiller, will have the same effects on the body as heroin. Those with an opiate dependence Sharp rehab in Johannesburg offer treatment programs using state of the art drug therapy to ease the detoxification process.

Continued use of downers such as depressants and uppers such as stimulants including antidepressants and painkillers can lead to dependency and for those trying to quite can lead to extremely painful withdrawal symptoms. The effects of painkillers such as Percodan, Fentanyl, Demerol and morphine and others can cause short and long term effects such as unconsciousness, breathing difficulties and nausea.

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Prescription Drugs Can Be A Problem

Prescription drug abuse from depressants such as Zyprexa, Seconal, Xanax, Valium, Amytal and others slow the nervous system and brain function down. Side effects can include weight gain, slurred speech, heart problems and fatigue and long term use leads to dependency. Stimulants similar to cocaine include Adderall, Bennies, Concerta and Ritalin cause rapid breathing and speed up the heart rate. Side effects include paranoia, elevated blood pressure and hostility. SHARP is a rehab in Johannesburg that can help patients overcome prescription drug abuse.

Prescribed antidepressants such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft can cause side effects such as paranoid reactions, hallucinations, suicidal of violent thoughts and irregular heartbeat. More deaths caused by overdose have been recorded from depressants, antidepressants and painkillers as opposed to amphetamines, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine combined. Opioid addiction is more than a physical dependence, even when the dependency is cured after detoxification; opioid addicts are at high risk for relapse.

Social and physiological factors are stimuli for relapse such as sudden life stresses, spending time with friends who continue to use prescribed drugs and other types of social networks. Such factors can entice urges to use prescribed drugs. Counselling for prescription drug abuse at a rehab in Johannesburg will helps opioid addicts escape craving and will teach them to cope with life, without using prescribed meds.