Prescription Drugs Addiction

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Dangers of prescription drug addiction

Prescription drug addiction and addiction to over the counter medicines is on the increase.  Individuals fall victim to the false belief that just because a drug is prescribed or legally purchased that it isn’t harmful or a real addiction.  The truth is that prescription drug addiction can be just as devastating as an addiction to an illegal or street drug. To someone who is addicted, their doctor becomes a legitimate “dealer”. This delusion enables many to carry on with their addiction for many years before they are willing to admit that they have a problem.  Family and loved ones often struggle to get the individual to see the truth of their addiction and many will rotate doctors surgery’s in order to get their pills or potions.  Some turn to buying different brand forms off the internet, this is particularly dangerous, as they never know what they are really buying and there are no regulations to ensure their safety.

Often individuals will start taking a prescription drug for a genuine reason.  For example, pain relief for an injury or sleeping tablets for insomnia.  Certain prescription drugs are highly addictive and should only ever be prescribed for a limited period of time. However this does not always happen, or the individual is able to obtain the drugs through some other method. Symptoms of prescription drug addiction vary, depending on the drug that they are addicted to.  Withdrawal can be very unpleasant, especially with opiate based pain killers and benzodiazepines.  Mixing prescription drugs with other drugs such as alcohol increases the effects and the associated risks. Long term, prescription drug addiction can impact massively on the individuals mental and physical health and can even lead to death.

Treatment for prescription drug addiction

Sanctuary Lodge provides a full detox and rehabilitation program for those suffering with a prescription drug or over the counter medicine addiction.  We are compassionate towards the fact that detoxing from this group of drugs can cause some very unpleasant and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.  Any individual that comes to us with a prescription drug or over the counter medicine addiction will be fully assessed by our Detox specialist Psychiatrist before being put on a comprehensive detox regime and rehabilitation program. Our clinical team will provide a substitute medication that will lessen the effects of withdrawal to comfortable levels; this will then be gradually withdrawn over time. The detox regime will also be complemented by our Holistic therapies to aid relaxation, reduce pain and speed up the process of the body eliminating toxins. Clients will receive the best in medical and psychological care whilst they are with us.  The environment we offer is fully supportive, non judgmental and very caring.

What are prescription drugs

Prescription drugs is a generic term used to describe a group of drugs that are prescribed by a qualified Doctor or other health practitioner. They come in tablet or liquid form. They are prescribed to treat and alleviate symptoms produced by an illness or ongoing condition.  There are many different kinds of prescription drugs that are addictive, but they mainly fall into two categories; pain relief and sedation.

Common examples of addictive prescription drugs

  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Codeine
  • Ketamin
  • Tramadol
  • Sleeping pills
  • Benzodiazepines