Situation in Russia is quite unfortunate: a lot of medication is sold without any prescription, and some is even advertised on popular media platforms. As the result, many people “prescribe” themselves certain medication. According to statistics, 84% of Russians go directly to the drug store, without consulting with a doctor. 
Medication is perceived as something undoubtedly benign, as they help us get healthy again. What danger can there be in some nasal drops anyway?
If you find it hard to fall asleep without a pill, or you reach for the painkiller at the slightest sign of a headache, you are quite likely to have drug dependence syndrome. Our article will help you find out what causes this addiction, what are the symptoms and how we can get rid of it.
You will have to take more medication, but the body will adapt to it. It becomes a vicious circle: you need a greater dose, your body adapts faster, and one day the medication just stops having a desired effect. However, by that point the body cannot function without the drug. Extreme doses of potent substances can damage the organs and their functionality. Many drugs cause irreversible changes to bodily functions. The consequences can be severe, in some cases even lethal.
The main danger of medication intake is that a person can get addicted to almost any drug if they take it without prescription and exceed dosage. In Russia, most common addictions include the following:
Drug dependence, like any other addiction, can manifest on two levels: psychological and physical. Let’s see how people develop a habit for medication abuse.
The only thing people with drug dependence think about is taking their pills. A patient can even start panicking if the idea of stopping the intake of their medication crosses their mind. They always check if they have taken the pill, and if they notice they’ve run out of medication, they rush to the drug store to restock.
They think that their pain is so strong that only a pill can help,
that only their drug makes them feel better. In essence, it is a learned behavior pattern. At this stage, a person requires qualified help form a psychologist to correct it.
The first sign of this stage is reduced effect of the medication, as the body quickly adapts to higher doses. Meanwhile, a disease that the drug was meant to treat manifests itself more often and with more intensity.
In extreme cases, patients with drug dependence experience withdrawal syndrome when they stop taking their medication abruptly. A person’s health declines: for example, headaches become increasingly strong after quitting painkillers. Discontinuing a medication causes abstinence symptoms, or, simply put, a withdrawal much like the one experienced by drug addicts.  The faster the medication leaves the body, the stronger are the symptoms. Once drug dependence reaches this stage, a patient requires serious treatment.
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Consult a doctor to make sure that instant withdrawal does not do you any harm. Please remember that drug dependence is a learned behavior pattern, you also should work on it with a psychologist.
Refusing to take medication is the first step on your way to treat addiction. It will help your body recover its functions. However, you should do this under medical supervision. If your dependence became too deep, abstinence syndrom can be life-threatening. Further treatment will depend on the severity of your addiction. In some cases, when patients suffer from severe withdrawal, they are sent to a hospital.
However, drug dependence is also often supported by a specific mindset, so changing it is an important part of overcoming this addiction. That is where behavior psychology can help.
For example, our 7Spsy technique. It is a course of behavior modification that can help you realize the reasons why you cannot give up medication, and help you quit their abuse in a short period of time. 7Spsy course is taken remotely and lasts 2-6 weeks. It does not affect your process of treating your main disease in any way. By changing your behavior pattern you will learn to live your life to the fullest without any medication soon enough.