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How can I help a loved one who is addicted to prescription drugs?

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If you believe that a family member or close friend is abusing prescription drugs, talk with your doctor, who can refer you to drug treatment programs for your loved one. Many of these programs use outpatient treatment with medications and behavioral therapy.

Most importantly, talk to the person about your concerns so he knows that you are aware of the problem. Be prepared for resistance and denial. Then, stand beside the person if and when he works to move beyond the addiction.

From: Prescription Drug Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 6, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 6, 2018

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