Prescription drug dependency can affect anyone, and there are many legal drugs such as tranquilisers and sleeping tablets which are potentially addictive. Addictions can be caused by ‘psychological dependence’ which is the desire for a repeated pleasurable experience with drugs, or ‘physical dependence’ where withdrawal causes physical illness.
Getting your life back on track
If drugs have a negative effect on your mind, body, or both, then you may be suffering from dependency and could be in need of prescription drug help. When you cannot stop yourself from regularly taking a drug, even though you know it's harmful, then you are demonstrating a clear symptom of dependency. Prescription drug treatment and rehabilitation can help reduce this dependency through medically assisted detoxification and counselling.
Free initial addiction assessment
We understand embarking upon recovery can be an emotionally turbulent time for you. With this in mind, the Priory offers a free initial assessment with an experienced therapist at all of our addiction treatment hospitals and clinics to help you discuss your addiction in confidence.
What are the symptoms of addiction to prescription drugs?
If you've become physically addicted, without the drug you will suffer withdrawal symptoms such as nausea (feeling sick), sweating, diarrhoea and shaking. If you've become psychologically dependent, withdrawal can make you feel irritable, depressed or tired.
Over a period of time, as your dependency develops, you will need more of the drug to achieve the same effect. Drug use can take over your life so much so that you neglect your work or studies, hobbies, social life, family and friends. Feelings of guilt at your addiction can make you feel more alone. Many people function quite well for long periods of time even while they still use legal drugs. They only realise there is a problem when they can no longer live without taking the drug. Many prescription drugs can be addictive, including; Ritalin; Demerol; Adderall; Xanax; Codeine; Amphetamines; Benzodiazepines; Tranquillizers; Barbituates; Opioids; Stimulants; Valium; Morphine; Vicodine; Concerta; Pseudoephedrine; Antihistamines.
Supporting you along the steps of recovery
The first step to recovery is accepting that you have a problem. Once you've accepted that you have a problem, you can then seek help. Detoxification and psychotherapy are among the options used to treat drug dependency. Abstinence is the main goal of treatment, although some people find this difficult to achieve.
What therapy is used to treat prescription drug dependency?
Treatment for drug dependency is based on an intensive programme of group work and individual counselling. This helps you cope without legal drugs and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
At the Priory, our specialists will encourage you to identify your drug dependency then help to remedy these problems. This involves identifying new ways of coping through building self-esteem and positive attitudes.
Support from family and friends is very important when you are trying to live without legal drugs. Opening up to those closest to you to talk about problems and making changes can be very stressful.
Will I have to go to hospital?
In some cases if you're physically addicted to a drug and cannot stop taking it, or you need to go to hospital for your personal safety, then you may require inpatient treatment. This option is more intensive and supportive, and usually takes between four and six weeks.