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This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Niall Campbell (MBBS, MRCPsych), Consultant at Priory Hospital Roehampton in June 2020.

Prescription drug addiction is a serious condition that is characterised by an individual repeatedly consuming prescription medication for a non-medical reason, until they eventually become both physically and psychologically dependent on this substance in order to function.

Prescription drugs, including prescription opioids, benzodiazepines and stimulants, are often prescribed by medical professionals in order to offer short-term pain relief following an injury or operation, or to help in the treatment of a range of other psychological and medical conditions. However, these drugs, particularly opioid painkillers, are known to cause feelings of euphoria and tranquillity, which can be highly addictive to some people and result in the development of a harmful addiction, requiring professional addiction treatment

Treatment for prescription drug addiction at Priory

Prescription drug addiction is treatable and you don’t have to struggle on your own. The most crucial first step on your journey to prescription drug addiction rehabilitation is to seek expert help & support. Our exceptional psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other addiction specialists at Priory are committed to delivering comprehensive and bespoke prescription drug addiction treatment & therapy, within our nationwide network of hospitals and wellbeing centres.

At Priory, we are able to offer rehabiliation for a range of prescription drugs types such as:

  • Prescription opioids - including oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), fentanyl, codeine, tramadol and co-codamol
  • Prescription benzodiazepines (also known as tranquilizers/sedatives) - including diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and zolpidem (Ambien)
  • Prescription stimulants - including methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta) and dextroamphetamines (Dexedrine and Adderall)

Our prescription drug addiction rehab centres

We have a nationwide network of hospitals and wellbeing centres that are able to provide both inpatient and outpatient treatments to those struggling with prescription drug addiction. Use our location finder to find a suitable rehab centre near you. 

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Prescription drug addiction treatment options

Each individual who seeks prescription drug addiction support with us will benefit from a personalised and individually tailored treatment package, which is specifically designed to meet your unique needs and requirements.

Our treatment experts possess unrivalled clinical experience in the treatment of prescription drug addiction, and are able to deliver a wide range of therapeutic methods, empowering you to identify your drug dependency, tackle your prescription drug addiction symptoms, address the underlying triggers for your addiction, and improve your sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

Inpatient treatment options

When seeking help for prescription drug addiction, we are able to offer a range of different treatment options.

When starting your bespoke treatment plan, a comprehensive medically assisted detoxification process for your prescription drug addiction will be offered to you if you need it. This involves:

  • 24-hour 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
  • Controlled medication can be prescribed if required, to help to with any drug withdrawal symptoms you may experience
  • Emotional support from mental health professionals who have vast experience with addiction

Once you have completed your detox, which can last between 7-10 days depending on the type of prescription drug you're addicted to, you will undergo intensive therapy for your addiction. This therapy can be part of our 7, 21, or 28-day inpatient treatment programmes, which are underpinned by the well-known 12-step programme to addiction recovery.

Prescription drug rehabilitation usually takes place as part of our 28-day intensive Addiction Treatment Programme. During this 28-day programme, you will stay at one of our specialist hospital sites on a residential basis, with an intensive programme of group work and individual counselling, which helps you to address the source and triggers for your addictive behaviours, learn to cope without prescription drugs and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

28 days is the recommended treatment time for prescription drug addiction, but the length of the addiction treatment that you receive at Priory can be flexible according to your unique condition, requirements and commitments.

Outpatient treatment options

As well as offering comprehensive inpatient addiction treatment at Priory, we are also able to deliver both outpatient and day care treatment for prescription drug addiction, depending on the nature of your addiction and the intensity of the support that you require.

These treatment options can be used as an entry-point to addiction treatment and therapy, or can be used as a step-down in treatment intensity for individuals who have undertaken an intensive residential programme for their prescription drug addiction.

How to get prescription drug addiction help

At Priory, we understand that without effective, timely treatment for your prescription drug addiction, this condition has the potential to become increasingly severe over time and can have a profoundly negative impact on numerous areas of your life, as well as causing you to neglect your work, hobbies, social life, family and friends.

If you think you need rehab for prescription drug abuse, we will offer you a free initial addiction assessment, to help us understand your prescription drug addiction symptoms and discuss your next steps. The no obligation assessment is a chance for you to discuss your addiction with an experienced, licenced therapist at your nearest Priory hospital and see how we can help you.

If you think that you have developed a problem with prescription drug addiction, it is essential that you seek expert support in a timely manner. Below are some additional tips that you can use to help you to cope with the initial stages of prescription drug addiction:

  • Admit that you have a problem with prescription drug misuse
  • Be honest with your friends and family about your problem with prescription drugs - support from family and friends is very important in the rehabilitation and recovery process
  • Try to avoid temptations and negative influences
  • Accept that the process of achieving abstinence from prescription drugs will be challenging, and prepare yourself to make some notable changes in your life

Crisis care at Priory

Priory’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that those in crisis gain access to the best possible support, as quickly as possible.

The specialist teams at our residential facilities can help to stabilise those in need of immediate assistance, including providing access to medically assisted withdrawal detoxification for alcohol and drug addictions, where required.

You can also use these crisis helplines for immediate support. 

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For details of how Priory can provide you with assistance regarding drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation, please call 0330 056 6023 or click here to book a FREE ADDICTION ASSESSMENT. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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