The growing problem of tranquilliser addiction
Tranquillisers are used to treat several health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, seizures and panic attacks. There are two types of tranquillisers. The first group is major tranquillisers – these are antipsychotic medications which are not addictive. The second group is made up of minor tranquillisers. These medications are sedatives that relax muscles, calm nerves and induce sleep and it’s these properties that make them open to abuse.
Minor tranquillisers are only usually available when prescribed by a doctor. There are lots of different types but the most common are the group of drugs called benzodiazepines. These include rohypnol, diazepam and temazepam.
Tranquillisers are usually only prescribed for a short amount of time as there are considerable concerns about their addictiveness. They are usually used for severe problems relating to anxiety and insomnia but can also be prescribed for epileptic fits and alcohol withdrawal.
In addition to their addictive nature, there are several other risks associated with tranquillisers. They can cause short-term memory loss and difficulties concentrating. Long-term use can cause side effects including nausea, headaches, dizziness, irritability, depression, anxiety and agoraphobia.
Tranquilliser addiction signs and symptoms
Tranquillisers are prescribed every day throughout the UK including London. Although their use is usually carefully restricted, addiction to tranquillisers can develop quickly. It’s important to seek help and begin to consider going into a rehab centre if you’re experiencing any of the following addiction symptoms:
• Strong cravings to take tranquillisers that you can’t control
• You can’t cut down. Tranquillisers are highly addictive and withdrawal carries risk. Do not stop taking tranquillisers without cutting down gradually first
• A desire to hide your tranquilliser use from family and friends
• Attempts to persuade your GP or other medical professionals that you should be prescribed more tranquillisers
• Buying tranquillisers online
How rehab can help you through tranquilliser withdrawal
As tranquillisers are so addictive, dependence can build quickly and take over a person’s life. Withdrawal is usually a tough process with withdrawal symptoms including tremors, nausea, vomiting, headaches, anxiety, panics and depression. It’s also possible to have fits which are potentially fatal.
It’s clear that it’s extremely important to approach withdrawal with due care and proper medical supervision. One of the safest ways to manage tranquilliser addiction is to go into a rehab centre. The Step One Recovery centre is located on a private estate in Spain, but most of our clients are from London and the rest of the UK. Our highly-skilled team of psychotherapists, doctors, counsellors and medical staff is hugely experienced in treating prescription medicine addiction (including tranquillisers).
From your initial contact through to admission into our rehab centre, we’ll take care of all of the details so you can focus on getting better. When you first arrive at our rehab centre, we’ll develop a treatment programme that’s individual to you. We do everything we can to make detox as comfortable as possible before moving on to your recovery. All treatment is on a one-to-one basis and includes therapy, activities and appointments with your treatment team.
Discretion and dignity
We understand how difficult it is to take the first step and get help for tranquilliser addiction. We’re committed to making the rest of your recovery journey as stress free and positive as possible. Our rehab centre is tucked away and very discreet. That means you can take in the beautiful scenery and stunning ocean views without worrying about intrusion. All therapy and counselling takes place in private rooms so you can be certain of complete confidentiality.
In fact, confidentiality is of the upmost importance at our rehab centre. All of our people from doctors to nurses and cleaners to chefs are committed to keeping every last detail of your contact and stay as classified information. It’s something we take extremely seriously to protect our clients.