Prescription drug addiction is widespread and because the drugs are often prescribed by a trusted doctor initially, the instance of denial is particularly likely. This Prescription Drug addiction quiz is intended to make you or your loved one contemplate the nature of their drug use.
We also have a quiz for alcoholic drinkers and a quiz for users of “non-prescription” drugs that will be more applicable for those who are abusing substances other than prescription drugs.
The following quiz will be enlightening to a man or woman who has become progressively dependent on prescription drugs like vicodin (hydrocodone), oxycontin (oxycodone), percocet, or any other opioid.
Prescription drug abuse is the “silent epidemic” of the health care industry, and many factors contribute to the insidious rise in abuse of prescription medications, such as:
- The medications are legal everywhere and prescribed often (to men and women who legitimately need them).
- Most people have complete trust in their prescribing physician and risk gradually becoming dependent without realizing it.
- There is very little stigma associated with the abuse of prescription medications (compared to drugs like marijuana or cocaine).
For these reasons, denial of a drug problem is very common in the abusers of prescription narcotics, amphetamines, and painkillers. Be sure to read our page of advice to the family of someone suffering from addiction, as well as our page about what to say to a loved one who is addicted.
Elderly people often are at risk for prescription drug dependence because of increased medical complications and visits to the doctor. Recognizing this trend, Sober Living by the Sea created the Reflections treatment program for mature adults.
The goal of our prescription drug quiz was not to provide a definitive answer as to whether you or someone you love is dependent on prescription medications. Rather, its purpose is to raise awareness about the effects that drugs like vicodin and oxycontin may be having on you or your family. The best action to take if you are concerned about drug use is to get advice from a professional. There is no risk in calling us anonymously at 866.697.7230 to have all of your questions answered.
|Have you ever increased your intake of prescription drugs even though you weren’t necessarily experiencing the level of pain that they were intended to provide relieve for?||Yes||No|
|Have you attempted to quit or cut down on your drug use and been unsuccessful?||Yes||No|
|Do you find yourself giving less attention to activities and people you genuinely care about and enjoy because you are under the influence of prescription medications?||Yes||No|
|Do the withdrawal symptoms make it difficult or impossible for you to participate in normal daily activities?||Yes||No|
|When you stop taking your preferred prescription drug of choice, do you experience withdrawal symptoms?||Yes||No|
|Do you think that your prescription drug use has had a negative effect on your work/career?||Yes||No|
you think that your use of prescription drugs has changed your personality (i.e., are you irritable when you are not under the influence or cannot obtain your prescription drugs?
|Do you suspect that your drug use is for recreational purposes rather than strictly for a medical reason?||Yes||No|
|Have you illegally obtained prescription medications through deception (by seeing multiple physicians?||Yes||No|
|Have you taken more than one prescription drug at a time?||Yes||No|
Addiction to Prescription Medications Is a Progressive Disease
Since every person’s situation is unique with regard to their drug use and life history, it is not possible for us to provide a definitive number of “yes” answers that would indicate an addiction to prescription drugs. Every person who contacts us for help has a different history of drug use and a different set of life experiences that warrant a thorough assessment and a personalized recommendation for what the next step should be.
We believe that drug addiction is a progressive illness that gets worse if untreated. Some people can manage their use of vicodin or oxycontin properly for many years and then slowly become physically dependent, then mentally dependent, and eventually cross the “invisible line” into being addicted to prescription drugs. Other people report
becoming hooked on their prescribed medication by the time they are finished with their first dose.
If You Are Dependent on Prescription Medications – You Are Not Alone
If you answered “yes” to more than a couple of the above questions, you may be chemically dependent on prescription medications. If addiction might be happening to you, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is help available. It is critical that you address your use of prescription drugs. You may find that you can stop on your own, but it is also possible that you need help to stop.
There have been incredible advancements in our 23-year history that have allowed us to effectively provide successful prescription drug addiction treatment. There is no reason to suffer in silence or continue hurting yourself and those around you. You can contact our treatment center admissions team for a confidential conversation. You will find our staff supportive and nonjudgmental about your medication use. We want to help you to quit abusing prescription drugs, but we cannot help the person who does not contact us first.
Advice for the Families of Prescription Drug Abusers
Getting the person who is abusing prescription painkillers, narcotics, or amphetamines to accept help can be difficult because of his or her denial.
The above prescription drug quiz may have provided you with some insight into your loved one’s prescription drug use. Perhaps it caused you to think of other questions you would like to ask of someone at our treatment clinics. We urge you to pick up the phone or fill out our assessment request form (to your left) to get in touch with a caring, knowledgeable, and supportive clinician who will begin the process of assessing your situation and help point you in the direction of recovery.
We know that the family of a drug abuser can suffer unbearably because of their loved one’s chemical dependency, so we’ve created a special web page with advice to the family of a prescription drug abuser. We also know that initiating the conversation with your loved one can be difficult, so we’ve created a web page that addresses the question of “what to say to a loved one who is abusing drugs.”