The misuse of prescription pills is undoubtedly one of the most alarming trends in substance abuse in recent years, as statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate that this habit is becoming increasingly common – particularly among younger generations. Medical researchers and physicians have attributed this trend, at least in part, to the amount of medication now in circulation.
But what does this addiction look like? Recently, a 29-year-old woman from Central New York spoke candidly about her substance abuse problem with local news outlet WSYR-TV in Syracuse.
The source reports that Julie Santorelli began using the painkiller oxycodone after she suffered an injury on the job. Though her doctor had prescribed the medication to help her manage her physical pain as she recovered, Santorelli said that she eventually became addicted to the drug and "couldn't stop taking [it]."
"It's just a scary thing because you don't realize when you start taking it how bad it can get…how bad your body will need it and how addictive it is," she explained. "You're not the same person. I'm physically there, but mentally not."
While some addicts obtain opioids and other addictive prescription pills through illicit means, it is also common for individuals to become dependent on a medication that they were prescribed for medical use.
Even if someone you love has obtained prescription pills in a legitimate way, there still may be cause for concern – especially if their genetic history and background leave them more predisposed to addictive behavior. A professional interventionist from Intervention Services can help you confront a loved one about their abuse and provide ongoing support as they recover.