Prescription drug addiction begins with misusing prescription medication. A prescription medicine comes with instructions for taking it safely. Taking prescription drugs, such as painkillers, can lead to feelings of euphoria or being high. Taking prescription drugs to get high can start the downward spiral to addiction.
When the prescribed dose of medication stops alleviating pain, it may be tempting to take more. Excessive prescription drug use to relieve pain can also lead to addiction. Becoming addicted to prescription drugs usually means going to great lengths to get them, especially when health care providers refuse to prescribe more.
The need to feed prescription medication addiction can result in purchasing street versions of the drugs and stealing drugs from family members. Widely misused prescription drugs include anti-anxiety medications, opioid painkillers, sedatives and stimulants.