My own experience, was two-fold.
I had injured my back several times, given percocet or Oxy's and found that even after I didn't REALLY need it any more, I had enough left over from the prescription that I took it recreationally till I ran out a few days later. I did not seek more because I knew of it's dangers, and I was not in any more back pain. But it did feel good.
Then, years later I developed a severe anxiety disorder(totally unrelated to the pain meds) which put me in the ER and was given Lorazepam(Ativan), which worked wonders.
Where I live, though, the docs no longer like prescribing benzos(except in the ER), so I started drinking alcohol to relieve my anxiety.
This resulted in a couple DUI's and eventually a 30-day treatment for alcohol(about 4-years ago)
What surprised me was that in the treatment center, 90% of the patients there were there not for alcohol, but for prescription drug abuse.
That treatment center only handles alcohol and prescription addictions, not, say, meth.
Anyway, again, I was surprised(probably naive) as to how many there were in for Oxy addictions; recreational use.
Sorry for the long post. I could say much more about how my anxiety got handled, but I'll stick to the topic.
Edited by pallidin, 18 October 2012 - 06:31 AM.