Aurora Recovery Centre

Prescription drugs have never been safe. Today, they are more problematic than ever before in history. Addiction to prescription drugs is widespread and causing a global epidemic. Most prescription drug addictions don’t start with a prescription. Instead, friends and family play the role of the doctor, giving their personal prescriptions to other people. Other prescription drug addictions are starting with opioid painkillers, which eventually no longer relieve pain.

signs drug abuse

Overdose deaths on prescription drugs is climbing with each year. Intervention is essential to starting treatment early. Look for some of these signs of prescription drug abuse to decide if you or a loved one are in need of help.

Opioid Painkillers

Morphine based prescription drugs are given to treat chronic pain, traumatic injuries, and serious surgery. While many drugs like Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, and Percocet are praised for their effectiveness, millions have discovered the drugs are not effective at all, but are highly addictive. Signs of opioid prescription abuse can include:

  • Increasing amount of pain in between doses
  • Needing higher amounts of milligrams with each new prescription
  • “Nodding off” or seeming unconscious
  • Pin holed pupils
  • Constipation
  • Numbness or losing an ability to function in the limbs
  • Feeling drowsy, slow, or euphoric
  • Depressed respiration seeming like they are hardly breathing at all

Stimulant Drugs

Stimulant prescriptions drugs are usually utilized for treating Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Mostly abused by young people or middle age professionals, stimulant drugs can enhance focus and create more energy for productivity. Signs of abuse includes:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Not needing to sleep or not sleeping at all
  • Anxiety
  • Developing paranoia
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeats
  • Raised body temperature
  • Hyper focused and determined to be productive


Anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines are often abused for their euphoric effect. Others are used for their dissociative effects as well. Xanax abuse is highly common in young people, in an effort to remove anxious thoughts and physical experiences. Signs of sedative abuse can include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Mental confusion, cognitive haze
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Symptoms of alcohol intoxication including stumbling
  • Inability to concentrate

Aurora Recovery Centre offers detox, residential inpatient treatment, and other levels of care from the comfort of our beautiful resort like facility on Lake Winnipeg. Our private and tranquil location is the ideal place to heal from prescription drug abuse in mind, body, and spirit. For more information on our programs, call us today at 844-515-STOP. We’re here to light the way to lifelong recovery.