Addiction to prescription drugs

Addiction to prescription drugs is just as widespread and damaging as addiction to illegal drugs and has a serious impact on the lives of those addicted.

Some prescription drugs that are commonly abused are:

  • Painkiller Drugs such as opioids
  • Benzodiazepines and Xanax
  • Sleeping medication and anti-anxiety medication
  • Stimulants
  • Smart Drugs & Nootropics

Prescription drug addiction can be successfully treated through a comprehensive rehab plan which includes consultant psychiatrist care, detox, medical treatment, psychotherapy and complementary therapies. As with all addictions, the sooner the problem is treated, the better to ensure that the person suffering can get help at the earliest possible stage and increase the chances of a successful recovery.

Misusing Prescription Drugs? Questions to Ask

  • Have other people criticised your prescription drug use?
  • Has your prescription drug use led to arguments or disagreements with significant others?
  • Have you ever felt annoyed when someone has questioned your prescription drug use?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your prescription drug consumption?
  • Have family commented on your mood-swings or hostility?
  • Do you find yourself being secretive about your prescription drug use?
  • Has your prescription drug habit led to problems with work, finances or legal issues?
  • Going to great lengths to obtain the drugs:
  • Have you ever taken more prescription drugs that have been prescribed by a doctor?
  • Have you attempted to get prescriptions from more than one doctor?
  • Have you pretended to lose prescriptions in order to request additional prescriptions?
  • Do you ask for repeat prescriptions early?
  • Have you engaged in stealing, selling, or forging prescriptions in order to obtain prescription drugs?
  • Have you bought or attempted to buy prescription medicines online from dubious sellers?
  • Side-effects and tolerance to prescription drugs abuse:
  • Have you found it difficult to cut down or stop your prescription drug use?
  • Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms when stopping/reducing the drug or between doses?
  • Do you find yourself taking other medications to alleviate side effects of prescription drugs?
  • Do you need to keep increasing doses to give you the same effect?
  • Are you continuing to take the drug despite actual or likely negative consequences?
  • Have you continued to take prescription drugs even though you knew it was making you feel depressed or anxious?
  • Do you take prescription drugs in order to feel their mood-altering effects, rather than for their intended use?
  • Do you mix prescription drugs with other substances e.g. alcohol, in order to feel stronger mood-altering effects?

Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab

Talk to your doctor if you think you have a problem with prescription drug use, or visit one of the free self-help groups available, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Many people who are addicted to prescription drugs require treatment in a residential rehab clinic where there is access to 24-hour medical care, supervised prescription drug detox and a daily routine of individual counselling and group therapy sessions

Detoxification from Prescription Drugs

Detox from prescription drugs can be complicated and often requires a period of detoxification under close medical supervision.

At Castle Craig residential rehab clinic our expert medical team have years of experience in managing complex detoxification from prescription drugs in safety and with minimal discomfort. Because our treatment is residential and located on the same site, patients are able to detox while simultaneously engaging in the rest of our treatment programme.

Every patient who enters treatment for prescription drug addiction is given a personalised treatment plan by one of our Consultant Psychiatrists. This plan follows the Castle Craig treatment model which is based on a combination of the following:

  • 12 Step facilitation
  • Medical treatment
  • Psychiatric care
  • Specialised therapies
    • cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)
    • individual therapy
    • group therapy
    • trauma therapy
    • family counselling
    • complementary therapies

More Detailed Information on Specific Prescription Drug Addictions:

  • Painkillers: Opioids such as methadone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), Codeine, Fentanyl and Suboxone. Pregabalin and Gabapentin. 
  • Sedative Hypnotics (‘Depressants’/’Sedatives’): Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) and temazepam (Restoril).
  • Non-Benzodiazepine Sedative Hypnotics: “Z-drugs” – Zopiclone, eszopiclone, zaleplon and zolpidem (Ambien).
  • Antidepressants: fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Seroxat), citalopram (Cipramil).
  • Stimulants: levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta).
  • Eugeroic Nootropics “Smart Drugs”: modafinil (Alertec, Modavigil, Provigil), armodafinil (Nuvigil).
  • Anabolic Steroids.