Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

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.

What are the symptoms of addiction to prescription drugs?

If you've become physically addicted to prescription drugs, without the drug you will suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, diarrhoea and shaking. If you've become psychologically dependent on prescription drugs, 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 prescription drugs. They only realise that there is a problem when they can no longer function 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.

Find out more about the different types of prescription drug addiction.

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 dependency on prescription drugs. 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 to cope without prescription drugs and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

At Priory, our specialists will encourage you to identify your drug dependency and 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 prescription 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.

Prescription drug detox

During treatment for prescription drug misuse, detoxification or detox may be one of the most crucial stages. Priory offers detox services as part of our commitment to providing comprehensive care for individuals who are struggling with addiction issues such as prescription drug dependence.

It is recommended that you seek out a programme that offers detox support for prescription drug addiction. In doing so, you will be able to cleanse your mind and body of the substances that you have been misusing, in maximum safety and comfort.

What happens during detox?

While in detox at one of our centres you can expect the following:

  • 24/7 clinical support from experienced medical professionals who will ensure that your safety is a top priority
  • A substance-free environment to prevent the possibility of relapse
  • Seamless transitions into next levels of care
  • Medication can be prescribed if required, to help to alleviate any pain or discomfort that you may experience as part of the withdrawal process
  • Emotional support from mental health professionals who have vast experience with addiction

Benefits of detox at Priory

The list of benefits that you will receive by choosing to attend a detox programme is long and varied. By choosing Priory for detox support, you will gain the immediate benefit of achieving sobriety in an environment where temptation can be eliminated, the pain of withdrawal can be reduced and your safety and comfort are never compromised. 

If you have ever attempted to cease your prescription drug misuse in the past, you know how difficult this process can be. An unassisted withdrawal can often lead to a dangerous relapse that will not only endanger your health and safety, but could also serve to further ingrain your addictive behaviours. By choosing to enter detox at Priory, you never have to face these challenges alone. Rather, you will benefit from multidisciplinary support delivered by our staff of caring, experienced professionals.  

As you are ready, you can transition directly from the detox setting into other levels of support, without having to worry about a lapse in care that could compromise your sobriety. With help from Priory, you can lay the strong foundation required to remain true to your recovery goals for years to come.

Getting your life back on track

alcohol addiction quoteIf 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 to reduce this dependency through medically assisted detoxification and counselling.

Free initial addiction assessment

We understand that embarking upon recovery can be an emotionally turbulent time for you. With this in mind, Priory offers a free initial assessment with an experienced therapist at all of our addiction treatment hospitals and clinics, to help you to discuss your addiction in confidence.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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How does detoxification work?

If you're physically addicted to a drug, the first aspect of treatment is medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification. This involves replacing the drug with other drugs, then reducing the dose. This may take longer if it is carried out at home or as an outpatient. The aim is to reduce the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are generally worse during the first day of treatment, but quickly improve over the following days.

How does abstinence work?

Where abstinence is needed, treatment is structured. The main aim is to help you to give up the drug completely, rather than simply cut down on the volume that you consume.

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