Not just doctors, nurses, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner but family members as well need to read this. You need to understand drug-seeking behaviors, so you will not be duped by the substance abuser.
Yes, family members, if you have any prescriptions, the substance abuser will try to get some from you. If they cannot get you to agree, they will probably steal them when you are not looking.
What are drug-seeking behaviors
Understanding the behaviors drug abusers will use to get the drugs they want will help you spot the conduct. Most seekers will be looking for prescription medications, but not all of them look for prescribed medications.
The following is drug-seeking behaviors:
- The patient says they need another prescription because they lost the last one or it was stolen
- Saying their symptoms are worse than they are
- Visiting multiple doctors to try to get scripts even going out of town
- Won’t give full medical history or number to reach a previous doctor
- Theft of money to buy drugs or alcohol
- Isolating themselves from others
- Asking for appointments and end of office hours
- Demanding the doctor see them
- Demanding that doctor give them medicine
If you, or a family member, are doing any of those things, you or they have a problem with drug abuse. One you should seek help with recovery.
What should you do if you see drug-seeking behaviors
If you notice drug-seeking actions from a family member, speak to them about recovery programs that can help them. This conversation has to come from love, not disappointment or anger. Explain to them that you worry about them because you love them. You do not wish to be without them because they overdose or go to jail.
If you work in a doctor’s office or hospital and notice a patient exhibiting this type of behavior, alert the physician, so they do not write a prescription to the person. Speak to the patient about entering a recovery program that can help them reach sobriety.
With a loved one or friend, set up an intervention and discuss with them their drug use and that you will support them through rehab to achieve and maintain recovery. Before doing the intervention, consult a professional to help you. You should also have a recovery center set up for them to go to should they accept the help. If they do not take the support at this time, keep the recovery facility information handy for when they do want to enter rehab.
Drug-seeking behaviors may not be readily apparent if you do not know what to look for in the family member or friend.
This type of behavior can lead to jail time if they become violent with medical personnel or they have stolen property to be able to get the medication they want.