Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction

A new study conducted, based on surveys of more than 20,000 people, revealed that UK adults are the most likely in Europe to abuse stimulant prescription drugs such as Ritalin and types of amphetamine, eventually leading to a prescription drug addiction.

An estimated one in 10 British people aged 18 or over admitted to having addiction or abuse problems with stimulants. Other commonly abused drugs are Codeine based medications, Tramadol, Sleeping tablets and Benzodiazepines. Whilst doctors are more aware of the growing problem in the UK today, and therefore more vigilant with prescriptions, prescription drugs can easily be purchased over the internet without a prescription. In reality the problem is likely to be far bigger than the statistical evidence suggests.

Many individuals that are addicted to prescription drugs do not see that they have a problem, the main reason being that they can justify the abuse of the drugs as they are prescribed by a qualified medical professional. This delays them in admitting that they have a problem and subsequently seeking help.

What Is Prescription Drug Addiction?

Prescription drug abuse or addiction is defined as self-medicating using a prescription medication that has not been prescribed for the individual for a genuine medical condition, purchased from the internet or black market and used for its euphoric effects.

Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn are able to facilitate full medical detoxes and rehabilitation for all manner of prescription drugs. Addiction to prescription drugs is just as dangerous as addiction to any other substance. The table below taken from (ONS) Office for National Statistics, shows exactly just how problematic prescription drug abuse and addiction has become over recent years


England and Wales
Substance 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
All drug poisoning deaths 2,747 2,652 2,597 2,955 3,346
Paracetamol4 199 207 182 226 200
Antidepressants 381 393 468 466 517
Tricyclic antidepressants 194 200 233 235 253
Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors 136 127 158 150 159
Other antidepressants 74 84 104 124 155
Antipsychotics 87 104 102 107 126
Zopiclone / Zolpidem 67 71 83 86 100
Barbiturates 19 37 32 32 50


Further statistics taken from ONS states that there were “372 drug-related deaths involving benzodiazepines in 2014. The mortality rate was 6.6 deaths per million population, an 8% increase from 2013 and the highest mortality rate since records began in 1993”

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a very serious problem, many deaths occur from accidental overdose or mixing prescription drugs with alcohol and other drugs for increased effect. If you think that you or a loved one may have a problem with prescription drug abuse it is important to seek the correct medical and professional help and treatment without delay.

The Signs

Prescription drug addiction tends to be easier to hide from loved one than other substance addictions. Many individuals become addicted from using prescription medications for an original health complaint. Many prescription painkillers and anxiety medications are extremely addictive, the individual may not even realise that they have a problem until they try to stop and experience the symptoms of withdrawal. Some, seeking a euphoric high without resorting to illicit drugs will abuse over the counter medicines or manipulate their doctor for a prescriptions, others will order their medications from the internet. This is especially risky as there are many generic forms available that can be dangerous.

It is helpful to know the signs and symptoms of prescription drug addiction, as it may help you or a loved one identify if professional help is required:

  • Taking more than the prescribed dose to achieve a more intense effect
  • Ordering medications from the internet without a prescription
  • Continuing to take prescription medications even when the original medical condition has been resolved
  • Buying over the counter medications when unable to obtain prescription strength
  • Feelings of panic and anxiety when a prescription is running out
  • Unable to control the amount consumed
  • Binging on prescription medications or mixing with alcohol or other drugs for greater effect
  • Going to different doctors in order to get more medication
  • Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when unable to obtain more of the medication
  • Lying to family, friends and Doctors about the amount of prescription medications being taken
  • Stealing prescription medications from others
  • Numerous empty packets of medications
  • Change in character and/or appearance
  • Hiding medications, being deceitful and secretive
  • Defensive when challenged
  • Excessively euphoric/hyperactive or drowsy

Depending on the prescription medication that is being abused, symptoms will vary, but any marked change in an individual’s appearance or behaviour should not be ignored.

Prescription Pill Dependency

Painkillers, benzodiazepines, sleeping medications and anti-anxiety medications are particularly addictive. An individual can build a tolerance to these drugs within less than a week. Many individuals that become addicted to painkillers, start off by taking prescribed medication for a genuine complaint that requires pain management. It is only when they try to stop, that withdrawals set in and they realize they are dependent. Stopping an addictive medication abruptly can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening; this should never be attempted without the assistance of a medical or addiction professional

Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn are able to facilitate a full medical detox for those that have a dependency to prescription pills. As with any drug, prescribed or illicit, over time the body builds tolerance to the original dose, the individual then find that they have to keep increasing the dose order in order to gain the desire effect. Our clinics addiction specialist Doctor will conduct a full assessment of the patient’s treatment needs on their arrival to our clinic, from there a detox regime will be adhered to by our staff who will continue to monitor the individual’s progress. In addition they will receive support and counselling from our qualified and highly experienced counsellors and therapists.

Our Treatment Programme for Prescription Drug Addiction

Any individual admitting to our clinic for a prescription pill dependency or abuse problem will undergo a full therapeutic programme of rehabilitation designed to tackle the root causes of their addiction and provide them with the tools of recovery to help them remain abstinent on leaving the treatment environment. By admitting to Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn, each individual will receive a personalised treatment plan developed to address their individual treatment needs. Here are some of the latests cutting edge therapies that they will benefit from:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • One to one counselling
  • 12 step or Strengths recovery programme
  • Holistic therapies including Art, Music, Meditation, Mindfulness
  • Fitness programme
  • Process and group therapy

How Long Do Detox and Rehabilitation Take?

The duration of programme recommended will be dependent on the medication that the individual is addicted to, the amount they are taking and the duration they have been dependent on it for. No two clients are the same, we recognise this and so therefore we take all of their treatment needs, medically, physically, emotionally and spiritually into account before we are able to give an accurate idea of the duration of programme required for their full recovery. Ideally, we recommend a minimum of 12 weeks treatment which will include a detox if required.

If you or a loved one have a prescription pill addiction, it is best to speak to us directly to discuss the individual circumstances so we can advise on the best treatment plan according to their individual needs. Please call us now for more information and discuss exactly how we can help you or your loved one to recover from prescription pill addiction for good!

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