Prescription Drugs Addiction and Recovery

What are Prescription Drugs?

There are a whole assortment of frequently abused prescription drugs and these are often called by different brand names from country to country. Prescription drugs which tend to be linked to addiction fall into four main categories.

  • Opioids used to treat pain such as codeine, morphine, OxyContin/Oxycodone and Tramadol.
  • Central nervous system depressants, such as benzodiazepines -Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, Normison, Temazepam used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.
  • Stimulants, such as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine – Adderall or methylphenidate – Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy.
  • Antipsychotics and mood stabilisers. Seroquel is the most prescribed antipsychotic medication and is used as a psychiatric medication to treat psychosis and/or stabilise moods in conditions such as bipolar disorder.

It is also important not to discount the addictive nature of some over the counter medications that are sold as study aids or for weight loss. These are also commonly abused and just because you can buy them over the counter or from suppliers on the internet does not mean that they are safe.

What are the Effects of Addiction to Prescription Drugs?

There are countless reasons why people become addicted to prescription medication and many people make the mistake of thinking that these mind and mood altering substances are safer than illegal drugs.

These substances are highly addictive and potentially dangerous. If you have a predisposition to addiction it does not matter if they are prescribed by the doctor, self-prescribed with the help of the internet or bought from a street corner.

Every addict’s path into addiction varies. This is a complex disease with many underlying layers which coupled together with trauma, abuse, depression and anxiety make it difficult to diagnose and treat without effective residential care. CLICK Dual Diagnosis

Physical

  • Changes in the brain chemistry – short term
  • Changes in the structure and function of the brain – long term
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Cravings

Psychological

  • Triggers
  • Compulsion
  • Obsession
  • Lying to yourself/denial

Emotional

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Paranoia
  • Fear
  • Psychosis
  • Loneliness

Social

  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Lack of interest in work/school
  • Lack of interest and ability in maintain relationships/friendships
  • Damaged relationships with family members
  • Financial problems
  • Isolation
  • Lying to others

Spiritual

  • Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Lack of interest in life
  • Inability to function without the drug
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

Prescription Drug Withdrawal

Prescription medications are some of the most difficult substances to withdraw from because of their long half-lives and the way they are stored in the body.

Withdrawal can last for weeks or months depending on the severity and duration of the addiction. Prescription drug abuse and addiction are serious issues which require specialist treatment and reducing these mediations without medical supervision and direction should not be attempted.

Our team are highly experienced in providing safe and effective prescription drug detox programs. They aim to keep clients as comfortable and supported as possible so they can participate in the program.

At every stage of the process, clients are monitored, evaluated and their successes acknowledged. This really helps our staff to respond to what is going on for the clients and helps to instill an ever-growing sense of self-esteem and a new found confidence.