Prescription Drug Addiction: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

If you have been prescribed a medication by your doctor for a legitimate medical condition, you would be forgiven for assuming that these pills are completely safe to take; most people do. However, the reality is that prescription medication can actually be harmful, particularly when abused or when taken over a prolonged period.

Although prescription drug addiction is a growing problem in this country, you should know that Banbury Lodge can effectively treat and help you manage this illness.

What Is Prescription Drug Addiction?

It is difficult for most people to understand how prescription drug addiction is even a real illness when it is medical professionals who prescribe this type of medication. Most assume that the term ‘drug addiction’ refers only to the excessive use of illegal substances such as heroin, crystal meth, or ecstasy.

In reality, though, all mood-altering substances, including prescription medication, can cause harm. They can interfere with everyday life and can result in disastrous consequences for anyone who allows their use to get out of control.

Some prescription drugs are actually as dangerous, if not more so than many illegal drugs. While they are considered safe and necessary in certain circumstances and when used for a short period, they remain highly addictive and can cause serious harm to health if abused or used for recreational purposes.

Do I Have a Prescription Drug Addiction?

If you have been taking prescription medication, the idea of developing an addiction might be something that has never occurred to you before now. If you have never tried to quit or cut back on your medication, you would probably not even be aware that you had an issue.

What often happens though is that family members and friends start to notice that something is not quite right. They may have perceived changes in your behaviour and have consequently expressed concerns by informing you that you might have a problem.

Addiction to prescription medication is becoming quite common in the United Kingdom, so you are not alone with your problem. It is so easy to build up a tolerance to these pills; one way this might have happened, for example, is that you may have started taking more medication than advised to by your doctor without even realising.

Maybe you are still taking your medication exactly as directed by your doctor; this does not mean you are not capable of developing a dependence. Prescription medication should only be taken over a short period of time in most instances. However, there may be times when a doctor will weigh up the benefits and risks and deem the medication necessary for ongoing use.

If you are worried that your use of prescription medication might in danger of spiralling out of control, you may need professional help to get your life back on track. If you are exhibiting the following symptoms, then you should consider seeking help as soon as possible:

  • Drowsiness
  • Anxiety
  • Preoccupation with your medication
  • Slow reactions and movements
  • Poor memory
  • Lack of concentration
  • Slow breathing
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Lack of interest in people or activities that you once enjoyed
  • Mood swings.

As mentioned, the above can all be signs that your use of prescription medication is a cause for concern.

How Will Prescription Drug Addiction Affect Me?

If you have been experiencing any of the above symptoms, you will be aware that your dependence on prescription medication is already having a negative impact on your day-to-day life. What you should know is that the longer your illness remains untreated, the more likely it is that long-term problems could develop.

Prescription drugs can have a serious impact on your mental and physical health with continued use, and if your addiction is allowed to progress, your need for pills will become stronger and stronger. This could result in you taking more medication than is safe to do so; prescription drug overdose is possible, and this could obviously result in fatal consequences as well.

It is not just health that suffers from addiction, though. Regardless of the substance being abused, addiction can take its toll on other areas of life, namely with relationships with loved ones and on finances. In terms of relationships, it can be extremely difficult to keep things on track when you are consumed by a need for chemical substances that are affecting your mood and your ability to think clearly.

You may not be able to see the harm that your abuse of prescription drugs is causing to yourself or others, but your loved ones and friends will be painfully aware. They will notice the changes in you and will eventually become concerned. If they then raise these concerns with you, you might become defensive or angry with them, especially if you have not even considered the possibility that you may have a problem. This is a common reaction among affected individuals.

It could be the case that you do not even know what the problem is? To your mind, everything is the same as it always has been. You may not be aware of how your moods change suddenly or that you have no interest in doing anything with your loved ones anymore. Most addicts cannot see the changes in themselves until they are forced to take a long hard look at themselves.

Your financial situation may also deteriorate. As long as you are dependent on mood-altering chemicals, you are going to need cash to fund your addiction. Moreover, the longer your addiction continues, the worse it will become, which can then affect your ability to earn an income too.

Many addicts find themselves struggling with financial difficulties. It has been the case that some take desperate measures after finding themselves in a situation where they have no access to cash to feed their habit. If the situation gets severe, some even resort to crime in a bid to find money to fund the addiction.

Where Can I Get Help for My Prescription Drug Addiction?

If you have recently become concerned that you may have an issue due to your dependence on prescription drugs, it is important to seek advice from an expert. You can call us here at Banbury Lodge to speak with one of our fully trained advisors or professional counsellors. He or she will then assess your situation and then recommend a treatment programme for you.

It is important that you establish the level of substance misuse you are dealing with so that you can access a treatment programme that will meet your needs. Accepting that you need help for a prescription drug addiction will be tough, but rest assured that you will be treated with the utmost respect from all of us here at Banbury Lodge.

We are not here to judge you or berate you; we want you to know that you are not alone when it comes to facing this illness. You should also know that you are not to blame and that you have nothing to be ashamed of. We work hard to break down the stigma that remains attached to all types of addiction. We want you to know that if you are concerned that you have a problem with prescription medication, you can reach out to us any time of the day or night.

Help Me Overcome a Prescription Drug Addiction!

As prescription drugs are mood-altering chemicals, it is possible to develop both a physical and a psychological dependence on them. This means that you are likely to suffer withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, and mood swings when the effects of the medication wear off.

It also means that, in the first instance, you will probably need a detox to help you overcome the physical aspect of the illness. A detox begins when you stop taking the medication to which you are addicted and your body starts the healing process by eliminating any chemicals that remain.

Detoxing from prescription medication can be complicated and how the process progresses will depend on the type of medication you have been using and how long you have been using it for. It will also depend on other factors such as your age and whether you have any type of underlying medical health issues.

Here at Banbury Lodge, our detox programmes are designed to help you withdraw from prescription medication in comfort and safety. You can expect your programme to last between one and two weeks, depending on your situation and the severity of your illness.

Once your detox has been completed, you can begin working on tackling your psychological addiction. This part of the process takes place with rehabilitation, and the aim of these programmes is to help you get to the root cause of your addiction.

Once you know what caused the addiction, you can work on developing alternative coping strategies that will help you avoid a return to addictive behaviour in the future. When it comes to our rehabilitation programmes here at Banbury Lodge, we offer residential programmes that give you the opportunity to achieve permanent recovery in the shortest amount of time.

Our clinic is staffed by a team of fully qualified counsellors, therapists, doctors, and support staff who are available around-the-clock to ensure that your needs are met. In terms of treatment schedules, you can expect to spend most of your day in treatment.

When you arrive at the clinic, you will be given a treatment plan, which we will create based on your individual requirements and circumstances. Your treatment plan will include elements of:

  • one-to-one counselling
  • group therapy
  • motivational enhancement therapy
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • dialectical behavioural therapy
  • contingency management
  • family therapy
  • 12-step work.

We also provide various workshops and seminars that are designed to help you with the return to independent sober living when your rehab programme ends. In addition to the above treatments, you can expect your plan of care to contain some elements of holistic therapies as well.

Holistic Therapies for Addiction

The use of holistic therapies helps to improve the mind, body, and spirit. This whole-person approach to recovery is one that works and that has proven to increase the chances of permanent recovery. Holistic therapies include:

  • yoga
  • mindfulness
  • art therapy
  • acupuncture
  • massage
  • meditation
  • music therapy
  • sports therapy
  • nutrition
  • equine therapy.

Your treatment plan will contain various elements of the above and that is expected to work for you and your personal situation. You should be aware that all patients get their own treatment plan, so yours will not necessarily be the same as another patient with the same issue as you.

We know that the best way to help you to achieve success is a plan of care that is created with you, and only you, in mind.

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