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Most Commonly Abused Medications

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Commonly Misused Prescription Drugs

Although prescription medications can be used to help you heal, they can also be misused and abused. The experts at North Georgia Recovery Center are here to outline some of the most commonly misused and abused prescription medications.


Amphetamines are some of the most commonly misused prescription drugs. Although this drug is legal, it is illegal when used by someone other than the person it is prescribed to. Amphetamines prescribed to treat:

  • Obesity
  • Narcolepsy
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)


Benzodiazepines are drugs that act on the gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A) receptors in the brain, resulting in a calming effect. Typically benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia


Methylphenidates are stimulants that are also commonly abused. Usually, methylphenidates like Ritalin are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. However, it is common for people to abuse these drugs in order to enhance their ability to focus,

Cough Syrup

Many prescribed cough medicines contain codeine and strong antihistamines to help suppress deep coughs. However, these drugs also affect the central nervous system, resulting in an intoxicating effect.

While many people who abuse prescription drugs may think of it as a one or two time thing, it can easily lead to a substance use disorder or addiction. While this can be difficult to get past on your own, professional treatment can give you the care and support you need.

Seeking Help for Addiction at North Georgia Recovery Center

The road to recovery starts with taking the first step. Let us walk alongside you on the path to sobriety and wellness. When you choose to get treatment at North Georgia Recovery Center, you can rest assured knowing that you will be treated by licensed therapists in our state-of-the-art facilities. Every one of our team members is certified to address and effectively treat the issues that come along with addiction.

To schedule your free consultation with our team, call (678) 940-7873 or fill out an online form today.