The number of people seeking help for prescription drug addiction is continuing to grow. This worrying trend, which we have seen at our residential drug rehab, The Providence Projects, has recently been highlighted by a range of high profile celebrities including Ant McPartlin and Tiger Woods.
Their journey into addiction has unfortunately become a common pathway. We have seen so many clients over recent years, who, as a result of either an accident or chronic pain have been prescribed opiate based painkillers. These painkillers, which can in the short term be effective in the management of pain, often result in dependency in the longer term. As with all opiates, the individual often requires more medication for the same effect as their tolerance to the medication increases. It is at this point that the opiate addiction strengthens.
Coping with a painkiller addiction
The individual often becomes aware of their dependency but does not want to tell family or friends. Their dependency increases and they may often only realise the severity of the problem when they try to cut down or stop. At this point, many find the withdrawal symptoms, and the cravings too difficult to manage and continue on the path of addiction. This is the point they may require drug rehab.
In many recent cases, people have resorted to buying more drugs online to feed their prescription drug addiction and so are often taking much more than their doctor, family or friends are aware of. Buying any drugs online also presents other huge risks.
Long term effects of being addicted to painkillers
The long-term effects of these medications can include insomnia, depression, anxiety, loss of motivation and so much more. Do not be fooled by the fact that these drugs are legal. Addiction to prescription medication is still addiction. It is no less damaging than any other drug addiction.
The most effective intervention in most cases is to get professional in-patient support. At the Providence Projects, a drug and alcohol rehab clinic, we offer drug addiction treatments. During these drug detox programmes, you can be safely weaned off the medication in a controlled and supportive manner. Importantly, during this time, you will also be able to get psychological and emotional support to help deal with underlying and related issues. You will also develop the skills to cope without drugs or medication giving you a great opportunity for long term recovery and a life which is not dependent on any medication.
If you would like more information about our private alcohol and drug rehab centre and how you go about arranging rehab admission, please call and speak to one of our drug addiction treatment specialists on 0800 955 09 45.