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Recognizing Prescription Drug Abuse in a Loved One

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In honor of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (April 27th), it’s essential to discuss prescription drug abuse and how to recognize it in a loved one or family member. It’s also important to know steps to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

Prescription drug abuse remains a pressing public health issue, affecting millions globally. The significance of events like National Prescription Drug Take Back Day cannot be overstressed, as they provide an essential platform for combating the prevalence of prescription drug misuse and enhancing community awareness.

If you or a loved one needs prescription drug rehab, contact Evoke Wellness at Cohasset at 866.931.6429 today. We offer evidence-based treatment programs tailored to each individual’s needs, with a compassionate and supportive approach.

Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse involves using medication in a way that is different from how it was prescribed. This can include taking a higher dosage, using someone else’s prescription, or consuming the drug for its psychoactive effects rather than its intended medical use. Commonly abused prescription drugs include opioids, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, and stimulants.

Recognizing the early signs of prescription drug abuse can be pivotal in preventing more severe health issues and guiding your loved one toward the path of recovery. Some common indicators of prescription drug abuse include sudden behavioral changes, secretive or defensive behavior about their medications, seeking multiple prescriptions from different doctors, and neglecting responsibilities due to excessive use.

Prevention is Key

Prevention is always better than treatment when it comes to substance abuse. To help prevent prescription drug abuse in your loved one, consider taking the following steps:

  • Educate yourself and your loved one about the risks and potential side effects of prescription drugs.
  • Properly store and dispose of medications to prevent access by others.
  • Monitor your loved one’s medication usage, especially if they have a history of substance abuse.
  • Encourage alternative forms of pain management or mental health treatment when appropriate.
  • Seek professional help if you notice any signs of prescription drug abuse in your loved one.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held twice a year in April and October, provides a safe and anonymous way for individuals to dispose of unused or expired medications. This helps prevent these drugs from falling into the wrong hands and being abused.

Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse in a Loved One

The signs of prescription drug abuse can be physical, behavioral, or psychological.


  • Unexpected weight gain or loss
  • Deterioration in personal grooming
  • Unusual sleep patterns


  • Doctor shopping (visiting multiple doctors for prescriptions)
  • Frequent requests for money
  • Secretive behavior about medication


  • Sudden mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Lack of interest in once-enjoyed activities

Approaching these observations with compassion and concern is crucial. It’s about offering support, not casting judgment.

Treatment Options and Support at Evoke Wellness at Cohasset

Evoke Wellness at Cohasset offers a range of evidence-based treatment options tailored to address prescription drug abuse. Our approach combines medical treatment, counseling, and supportive therapies designed to heal both the body and mind. We believe in flexibility, crafting personalized treatment plans that adapt to each patient’s individual needs.

Contact Evoke Wellness at Cohasset for Prescription Drug Rehab

If you suspect a loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse, know that help is available. At Evoke Wellness at Cohasset, we provide professional guidance and support. Beyond our services, numerous resources can offer additional support, including hotlines, support groups, and educational materials.

Recognizing and addressing prescription drug use in a loved one is a profound act of love and care. At Evoke Wellness at Cohasset, we’re committed to supporting you and your loved one through this challenging journey with empathy, professionalism, and evidence-based treatments. If you have concerns or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 866.931.6429 or fill out our online form. Together, we can navigate the path to recovery and healing.