Prescription opioid medications given by a doctor to relieve pain after serious injury or surgery can make people feel better. But they can also lead to becoming dependent on them. This happens when your brain changes and needs more of the drug for you to feel good. It can be hard to recover from addiction to medications by yourself, but there is help available. Knowing the signs of prescription, and non-prescription drug abuse, also called Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a first step to recovery for yourself or someone you love.

Some common signs of drug dependence:

  • Changes in daily habits
  • Loss of appetite
  • Change in personality
  • Withdrawing from family/friends
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Changes in appearance
  • Missing money/valuables

If you or someone you know might be addicted to prescription or illegal drugs, there is help available right here in our community:

Albany County – Visit, or click the link to see: “Drug Overdose Resource Guide for Community Members” 

Rensselaer County – Visit the Rensselaer County website at or click the link to see: “Addiction Services Navigation Guide”

About CentralMed Urgent Care

In addition to treating patients for immediate medical issues, CentralMed Urgent Care is a practice that treats people with prescription and illegal drug addiction/Substance Use Disorder (SUD) using Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). For more information, see our Addiction Medicine page. If you are ready to make changes to get on the path to a clean and healthy life, click to contact us or call our office at 518-240-1456 for an appointment.