“Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” Ledger told The New York Times (in November). “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” He said he took two Ambien pills, which only worked for an hour.
The big drug addiction problem facing America, according to statistics, lies not in the crack houses and shooting galleries of the inner cities, but in the doctor’s offices to which millions of Americans go in search of relief for their emotional and psychological pain.
People use prescription drugs to relieve various emotional problems, such as anger, stress, anxiety, boredom or depression. Others take these drugs to boost their self-confidence. People may also use drugs to help them forget about or cope with traumatic life events or situations or to relieve the symptoms of severe psychiatric illness.
According to the Center’s for Disease Control, poisoning from prescription drugs has risen to become the second-largest cause of unintentional deaths in the United States, (behind only automobile accidents) .
Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them. But an estimated 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Some people take more than what is prescribed to get “high.” Others combine the drugs to get an even more euphoric effect. All of these usages lead to prescription drug abuse.
Potential Warning Signs
Feeling the need to cut down on your use of prescription drugs?
- Feeling annoyed by remarks your friends or loved ones make about your use of prescription drugs?
- Feeling guilty or remorseful about your use of prescription drugs?
- Using prescription drugs as a way to “get going” or to “calm down?”
Answering yes to one or more of these questions could indicate there is a problem.
Drug abuse and all self-abuse is caused by intense fear and self-centeredness. The solution is usually much simpler than therapeutic methods. In most instances, the solution to fear and selfishness are faith and service to others. Living a life based on these two basic principles will relieve addiction and help one to achieve permanent sobriety, and a healthy, happy life.
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Peace, Light, and Love to you and Yours,
Centers for Disease Control. Mobidity and Mortality Weekly Report. February 9, 2007 / 56(05);93-96.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Applied Studies. Results from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: national findings. 2006.
Judy Wellsworth, http://www.ezinearticles.com