How Can Prescription Drugs Lead to Addiction?

You’ve probably heard the news. We have a serious opioid epidemic in America. And most people hooked on heroin say it started off in a doctor’s office.

If you hurt your back or undergo a surgery, you might be going home with a bottle of some of the most highly-addictive stuff on the planet: painkillers.

It’s not just painkillers, though. Several common prescription drugs carry a high-risk potential for abuse. Depending on how the medication affects the receptors in your brain, you may feel relaxed and euphoric when taking it. The longer you take the drug, the easier it becomes to crave more. Before you know it, you don’t want to stop.

Tolerance sets in, meaning you need more of the drug to achieve the same response you had on a smaller dose. Before people realize what’s happening, they are doctor shopping or moving on to harder drugs.

Bam! That innocent doctor’s visit has led to an addiction.