15 pill abusers confess what it's like to be addicted to prescription drugs

Prescription pills are rampantly abused in the United States -- America, which is 5% of the world's population, consumes 75% of the world's prescription drugs. And while this includes people who are medically prescribed these drugs for pharmaceutical reasons, 52 million people in the US have used prescription drugs non-medically.

Several pill abusers took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to confess what it's really like to be addicted to prescription pills.

1. Being aware of how self-destructive your decisions are doesn't necessarily make nipping your addiction in the bud easier

2. Believing that you're weak might be part of the problem when it comes to stopping
I hate that I logically know I

3. Just because you're not obtaining the pills illegally doesn't mean that you should be taking them

4. Struggling between accepting help and striving for independence is a battle in and of itself

5. Unlike certain other drugs, prescription pills don't necessarily give an energetic high

6. Addiction can make you feel like you're destined to be stuck in a dark place
I feel like I

7. Doctors and those who care about you need to wean you away from your addiction, no matter how you feel about it
My doctor knows I

8. Surrounding yourself with people who can help, not hurt, is key to getting through your addiction

9. Identity might get muddled when you're high all the time

10. You might do things that don't feel like yourself in order to get the fix you crave

11. Learning to live sober might be an intimidating thought for pill abusers
Im addicted to painkillers. I am scared if I get off them I won

12. Keeping your addiction from your family might feel like a terrible secret
I am addicted to prescription pills. So much so that I snort them to get high faster. My family thinks I am just always tired.

13. Fearing judgement can make you feel even more alone in your struggle with addiction

14. It's a bad sign if you want to be asleep more than you want to be awake

15. It might be easier to fall back into bad habits in times of trouble and sadness
I have a Pain pill addiction.. nobody in my family knows this. I have tried to quit but i keep running back to it every time something bad happens.

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