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5 Ways To Stop Using Rx Drugs Before Summer

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5 Ways To Stop Using Rx Drugs Before Summer

Here are 5 tips to help you look at your Rx medicine use in a whole new way.  According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

1.     Learn The Facts About The Drugs You Are Taking

Just because a drug has an FDA approval and is prescribed by your doctor doesn’t make it any less dangerous.  It is vital to know and understand what is in these drugs, how they adversely affect the body and mind, and the consequences of their use.  To begin learning the truth about drugs, search online about their risks. The majority of Americans do not really know what drugs they are taking, nor are they aware of the dangers and consequences of them.

2.     Ask About Stopping Your Rx Meds

While it is vital to listen to your doctor it is just as important to listen to yourself. Talk to your doctor about cutting back and even eventually  stopping your prescription medicines. If your doctor is aware you are interested in living a drug free life he may be able to help. Read articles about what others have done to  lessen or quit their prescription medicine use.

3.     Share With Others Your Desire To Stop

Letting your family and friends know you want to to change the way you use Rx medicine may help you stay accountable. Ask for their help and understanding as you begin to explore a life without prescription medicine.

4.    Explore New Ways To Treat Your Pain

While Rx medicine is often necessary it is important to add these 6 simple ideas into your everyday health. They are often referred to as six of the best doctors:

  • Fresh Air
  • Exercise
  • Clean Water
  • Diet
  • Sunshine
  • Rest

 Other options to manage your pain are yoga, meditation, acupuncture, or chiropractic. Even if you continue to take your prescription medicine consider adding these to your day for a healthier life.

5.     Don’t Follow The Crowd

It is often said, “The crowd is always wrong.” Be a rebel and do what is best for you even if no one else is doing it.

A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp



I was born into a large Catholic Family of 14 children in Upstate New York. I graduated with my degree in Professional and Technical Writing from University of South Florida. My recovery story began when I witnessed addiction in close relatives and friends. Unable to change them I began to focus on what I could change, me. Building a support system for myself I now strive daily to keep the focus on me. In my articles I sometimes share stories from my own experience, strength, and hope. It is my hope that others will find courage to see "the elephant in the room" and seek out help for themselves against this cunning,baffling,and powerful disease.

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