- Genetic factors
- Altered pathways in brain caused by the addictive drug
- Peer pressure and personality traits
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- Improper use of medication (abuse)
- Family history of drug addiction
- Having anxiety, depression , loneliness, and a history of alcoholism
- Rapid increase in the amount of medication needed
- Moving from one doctor to another for additional prescriptions
- Craving the medication
- Inability to stop or limit medication use
- Using significant effort to acquire the medication
- Medication use that interferes with activities
- Compulsive use of the medication despite adverse effects
- Detoxification and controlled withdrawal with medication
- Treatment for other psychological conditions
- Counseling and support
- Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone)
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 06/24/2013 -
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