Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substance in the U.S. by individuals 14 years and older, after marijuana and alcohol. Although the dangers of prescription drug abuse have become more widely recognized in the last few decades, the myth that prescription drugs are safer than illicit street drugs still persists. As is true for most other substances of drug abuse, misuse of prescription drugs can cause people to become addicted and lead to severe mental, emotional and physical consequences. In such cases, a prescription drug addiction treatment program in California is required.
Prescription drugs can be highly addictive. If taken for a long period of time, they will change the way the brain functions. Withdrawal symptoms develop because the abuser’s body becomes accustomed to, and reliant upon, functioning with the prescription medication.