According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2009 there were 7 million abusers of prescription drugs. The majority of this abuse was from prescriptions. Teens typically obtain these prescriptions from family or friends. The number of fatal prescription drug poisonings has more than tripled since 1999.
You doctor shop-almost a sure sign of addiction.
You are using more medication than prescribed by your doctor. This can sometimes be a sign of inadequate pain relief. However, if you have been previously stable on a dose of narcotics for pain and are increasing the dose over time, this is cause for concern.
You miss or are late to school/work/family responsibilities to use of obtain drugs.
You go to dangerous areas, deal with dangerous people to obtain medication. Actively seeking narcotics in dangerous situations is usually a good sign of addiction.
You pawn items in your home and use the money for pills-another almost sure sign of addiction.
You spend a lot of time during the day planning, obtaining, and fearful of running out of the narcotic.
People you know think you are using too much medication. When you are confronted, it causes defensiveness and arguments.
You use other peoples prescriptions, including your spouse's medications. Individuals with addiction see little to no problem with sharing pills with others.
You use pills even when it is causing you problems such as falls, blackouts, car accidents.
You have problems with other drugs. If you already have an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, you are at great risk of developing one with narcotics.