Does Addiction Prevention Work?

Does Addiction Prevention Work?It is nearly impossible to prevent an addiction to illegal substance. However, Californians can easily prevent addiction to prescription medications through some simply preventive measures. With a little help, you can prevent addiction both in yourself and your loved ones.

How to Prevent Addiction in California

First, know what you are putting into your body. Research the drug you were prescribed even if you are close family friends with the doctor who suggested the medication. Be familiar with the risks, side effects, recommended dosage and duration of use. If you believe you’re experiencing troubling side effects, tell your doctor before you stop taking your medication. If you feel you’ve been taking too much medication or for too long, ask your doctor if that dosage is necessary for you. Everyone California resident is different, so drugs may affect you differently than they do others.

What Is Controlled Substance Scheduling?

Legal prescriptions are ranked as a Schedule II, III, IV or V drug, and they are classified according to their potential for abuse as described in the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. Different schedules have different regulations, such as a limit on how many pills you may legally carry at one time. Know the potential for abuse that your medication carries with it and the legal restrictions you must follow. Californians who violate the scheduling of their prescription may face serious legal, financial, and professional consequences.

How California Residents Should Interpret Dosing Instructions

Every prescription has a dosage that describes the concentration of its active ingredients and how frequently you should take the drug. The dosing instructions are there for a reason, so do not take any more than prescribed and for no longer than suggested. If you feel you need more of your medication, talk with your doctor before taking more. California residents can just as easily become addicted to prescription drugs as to illegal substances.

Warning Signs of Addiction in California

The first sign of addiction is tolerance. If you feel less relief from your medication than before, you may be experiencing tolerance. In this situation, you should contact your doctor immediately to determine what to do next.

Dependency is the next stage of addiction. If you experience withdrawal symptoms after you stop taking your medication, your body has become dependent on that drug. You can talk to your doctor about your concerns with becoming addicted, and together you can make sure your drug use doesn’t become drug abuse.

There are other psychological problems that arise when addiction hits. Hoarding, stashing, or “doctor shopping” are sneaky ways California drug addicts feed their drug habit. Lying or deceitful actions to obtain more drugs, denying you have a problem, mood swings, personality changes and trying to hide your drug use are all signs that point to addiction.

California Addiction Help

If you or someone you love has questions about substance abuse or treatment options, call our toll-free helpline now. We are waiting to answer your call 24 hours a day. When you call, don’t forget to ask about how your insurance may cover the costs of rehab.

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