There is a common misconception that prescription drugs are not addictive and that only illegal drugs that can cause an addiction. This isn't the case, and many people who have been prescribed medication by a GP can become addicted to it by taking too much and in a different way to that prescribed by their doctor because of the psychoactive effects the drug has on their body. The most common types of prescription drugs that users can become addicted to include sleeping tablets, painkillers, weight loss tablets, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs.
Drug addiction can steal a lot from an individual and their family – including their personality, job and finance. It is common for those who are addicted to prescription drugs to buy impure substitutions on the street or buy them online on the black market. Drugs can have dangerous physical and psychological effects on a user, resulting in behavioural changes such as paranoia, secrecy, over-confidence, irritability, mood swings and depression. Taking prescription drugs in the long term can also have long-lasting physical effects on the body (such as painkillers having damaging effects on the liver). These effects can even be permanent if prescription drugs are taken over many years.
It can be more difficult to notice signs that you or someone you love may be addicted to prescription drugs and require rehabilitation, as it is a lot easier to disguise an addiction to medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor. Behaviours to watch out for include:
If think that you or someone you love might have a prescription drug addiction, we can help at our rehab centre at Step 1 Recovery, and encourage you to give us a call. We have a compassionate approach to every kind of drug addiction, and offer treatment that involves mindfulness and holistic therapies. Working together, we can help you or a family member to rehabilitate and live a life that no longer involves drugs.
When we first begin to work with you we will discuss your prescription drug addiction in detail to determine its severity. You’ll need to mention the conditions you are supposed to be taking your medication for, and give us some details of your medical history. We’ll also talk about symptoms you may be experiencing, for instance, if you have an addiction to sleeping medication, you may be feeling continuously drowsy and confused. You will be assigned a therapist who can give you 24/7 support and talk you through your bespoke treatment plan, which will cover the detoxification process and how it will affect you, as well as any anxiety or other mental health symptoms you may be experiencing.
We treat prescription drug addiction through detox over a two week period, although this can be extended depending on the severity of the addiction. As part of your rehab with us you will take part in the following therapies:
Cognitive behavioural therapy: This is an intensive therapy session in which we re-wire the brain to gradually change your attitudes towards prescription drugs until you feel you no longer need them, or can take them in only the precribed amounts as prescribed to you. You will receive constant support throughout any difficult periods you have that cause you worry. This is a behavioural technique that you can use post-treatment time in our clinic, helping you cope more easily with your cravings as you move forward.
Family/group therapy: This is where we get you together with your loved ones and/or other people who are currently staying at the centre with us and talk about your prescription addiction together as a group, covering your triggers and feelings.
We offer our clients in-client treatment at our centre, so we can focus on your rehab programme properly by having you stay with us in luxurious and comfortable accommodation. How long you stay is up to you, but we will happily advise how long we think you need based on your initial consultation with us. Every person is different, but we always advise that you stay for long enough for us to focus on the mental side of your prescription drug addiction to prevent relapse and to give you a different way of thinking about drug use. When it comes to treating the physical effects on your body, your symptoms should generally improve within two weeks, although this again will vary depending on the degree of your psychological addiction to prescription drugs.
When you stay with us at our retreat in Alicante, we will be understanding and sympathetic and will ensure that you receive the best treatment, whether you are staying for a short time or a good few weeks. Our staff will make sure that you always feel safe, secure and healthy. We will discuss detox therapies and psychotherapy, so that you can change your attitude towards prescription drugs and kick the habit for good.
We want your rehabilitation to be as comfortable and enriching as possible. Our professional team are very experienced in planning detoxes that help and support those that want to emancipate themselves from any kind of drug addiction. We can give you effective guidance through a bespoke programme that focuses on healing your body, mind and soul with holistic practices, helping you to walk away from drug abuse for good and live a healthy life. Our stunning retreat at the La Paz centre has been designed to give you the very best in luxurious comfort while you recover in the Spanish sunshine. We encourage mindfulness activities such as meditation, counselling and yoga to re-adjust your mindset and help you focus on relaxation and recuperation. Our retreat has a gym, health and beauty services and a pool, so you will have lots of calming activities to keep your mind occupied.
All of our staff members are deeply passionate and committed in supporting their clients at all times. We select our team for their experience and dedication to addiction therapy, as well as their sympathetic and positive approach to getting you back to being yourself. All of our staff exercise the utmost discretion at all times, as well as understanding. Reach out to us today to find out how we can help you or someone you love with a determined or suspected prescription drug addiction that requires rehab.