If you believe a friend or family member has become addicted to pain medications and is abusing his or her prescriptions to the point that their judgment, personality, and/or ability to function are altered and/or impaired, there are a number of things to consider.

If the individual is aware that they may be abusing their medications and understand they need help and desire help, arranging a confidential consultation with a professional to review medication history and discuss options may be helpful in alleviating fears regarding the possible effects of changing or stopping medications.

If the individual is not aware that their medication use is affecting their behavior or if they are unwilling to seek help, it may be necessary to intervene in their best interest. Before taking action, seek the advice of a medical professional with addiction experience to determine the best approach and to learn about the most appropriate treatment options.

At Nexstep Medical Detox, we provide consultations, detox treatment, and recovery planning. To schedule an appointment, call (877) 983-3869.