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Prescription Drug Treatment

One of the dirty little secrets of drug addiction is the fact that addiction to prescription drugs is on the rise. This is something we generally do not like to talk about, given the nature of such medications and our dependence on them. However, the truth cannot be ignored if we are to solve the problem.

Prescription drug addiction may start out innocently enough when a doctor prescribes a specific medication for a legitimate purpose. The person taking the medication may find him or herself addicted if their condition persists over a long period. However, there are other ways prescription drug addiction develops.

For example, there may be a situation where a legitimate prescription is not consumed in its entirety because the individual being treated has overcome his or her condition. A family member might get a hold of the leftover drugs only to take them for recreational purposes. Before too long, he or she might be hooked.

There are several classes of prescription drugs people can be addicted to:

  • opiates - pain killers like morphine and codeine
  • stimulants - drugs like dexamphetamine and Ritalin
  • depressants - medications used to treat anxiety and sleep problems
  • antidepressants - medications to treat clinical depression and similar conditions
  • antihistamines - drugs like chlorphenamine used to treat allergies and other conditions.

If you are using prescription medications and find that you constantly need to increase your consumption in order to be satisfied, you may already be an addict. If not, you have at least developed a condition known as tolerance. This is a condition in which the brain becomes desensitised to the effects of the drug in question, requiring larger amounts in order to stimulate the same response.

Why You Need Treatment

You may be living under the assumption that an addiction to prescription drugs is not as serious as an addiction to illicit drugs. But don’t believe it; it’s not true. Any addiction is damaging at multiple levels, including physical, emotional, mental, and financial. Consider the following possibilities of long-term prescription drug use:

  • Physical Health - That drug originally prescribed to help you may come back to destroy your health due to addiction. The physical damage can affect just about every part of your body, including your heart, lungs, brain, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and stomach. Things like heart attack, stroke, and mental illness are certainly not out of the question.
  • Mental Health - Many types of prescription drugs can lead to mental issues with prolonged use. For example, long-term use of depressants can lead to clinical depression and suicidal tendencies. Some of these conditions may be nearly impossible to overcome without extensive professional help.
  • Relationships - Long-term prescription drug abuse usually leads to broken relationships. Drug addicts from all walks of life routinely talk about destroyed marriages, estranged children and lost friends. No one wants to be around a drug addict, regardless of his or her substance of choice.
  • Financial Ruin - Even prescription drugs can lead to financial ruin if you are addicted. You will spend everything you have to acquire your drugs, followed by stealing from others once all your money is gone. You may end up losing everything you own.

Breaking Free from Prescription Drugs

You can break free from addiction to prescription drugs if you are willing to seek treatment. UK-Rehab can assist you in arranging treatment through the network of private clinics we work with. If private treatment is inappropriate, we can also help you locate services provided by the NHS, community-based organisations, support groups, professional counsellors, and so on.

We recommend most addicts seriously consider residential treatment at a private clinic. Why? Because private treatment is much more thorough and offers greater chances of long-term success. Private clinics are completely devoted to addiction recovery because that is all they do, and they do it very well. By comparison, the NHS is less than adequate because they are so overburdened by a broad mission and very high demand.

When you enrol in a residential programme at one of our clinics, you can expect the following:

  • Detox - In order for you to completely overcome your addiction you will need to undergo a detox programme that can be completed in about seven days. The clinics we work with prefer medicated detox to make it as comfortable as possible. Detox is supervised by medical professionals with plenty of experience in this area.
  • Rehab - The word ’rehab’ is often used to designate the entire treatment process. We use it to distinguish between detox and the psychotherapeutic treatments received in the weeks following. The clinics we work with use a variety of therapies in rehab programmes that can last from 4 to 12 weeks.
  • Aftercare - The most successful rehab programmes conclude with several months of aftercare following release from a residential facility. Some recovering addicts choose to utilise aftercare services for up to a year. Aftercare includes things like individual counselling, group support and 12-step work.

We want you to know that we do not believe in the ’one size fits all’ approach. We understand that every addict is unique in his or her circumstances; this is especially true when it comes to prescription drugs and the reasons they were prescribed to begin with. In order to effectively treat every addict we work with, our clinics utilise bespoke treatment plans.

When you first arrived at the residential treatment facility, you will undergo a comprehensive assessment conducted by trained professionals. They will use this assessment to determine your current health, the severity of your addiction and the best way to treat you. Rest assured that your treatment plan would be continuously adjusted to coincide with the progress you are making.

If you are ready to break free from prescription drug addiction, call our addiction recovery helpline today. The help you need is waiting for you.

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