Just because a medication is legal when picked up at a pharmacy does not make it safe necessarily. Every year, more and more people in America are misusing prescription drugs like prescription opioids, prescription benzodiazepines, and prescription stimulants. So what are the most addictive medications? The pharmaceuticals that are misused most commonly are in three categories.

Opiates: These medications can be quite dangerous. They can produce a feeling of euphoria similar to heroin and in fact can be chemically similar to heroin.

Common opioids include:

  • Codeine
  • MS Contin (morphine)
  • OxyContin (oxycodone)
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone)
  • Duragesic (fentanyl)
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)

Central nervous system depressants: Also known as depressants and tranquilizers, in this class of drugs are benzodiazepines and barbiturates. These drugs are dangerous because they have a calming and relaxing effect.

Common barbiturates and benzodiazepines include:

  • Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)

Stimulants: When people take these drugs, they are more alert, and they have more energy.

Common stimulants:

  • Adderall (amphetamine)
  • Strattera (atomoxitine hcl)
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
  • Ritalin (methylphenidate)
  • Concerta (extended release methylphenidate)

So what can you do if you become addicted to one of these medications? You may wonder if there is even substance abuse treatment available for those who are misusing prescription medications. Fortunately, there is help that is available to you if you are willing to reach out and take it.

The first step is admitting you have a problem. You need to tell any physicians that you currently see. You need to stop “doctor shopping”. You need to tell friends, family, and loved ones.

The next step is to attend a rehabilitation facility. Most substance abuse treatment centers will have rehab for prescription drugs like Xanax treatment rehab or Klonopin treatment rehab. You want to make sure that you find a treatment center that is able to meet your needs.

The next step is to find a long-term recovery program that works for you. The most popular program for people who have been addicted to prescription drugs is Narcotics Anonymous. SMART Recovery and All Recovery are two other alternatives to the 12-step programs.

The important thing to keep in mind is that you can find help for your addiction–whether it is to an illegal substance like heroin or a legally prescribed substance like oxycodone. You just have to be strong enough to ask for help.