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Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab Treatment

Written By Brian Davis
Reviewed By Tiffany Green
Medically Reviewed By Dr David Barker
Updated January 12, 2023

Prescription drug abuse is a medical condition characterised by the unhealthy consumption of prescription drugs due to the inability to control or cease usage, despite being aware of the negative effects on one’s health and life. While there is a near-limitless number of prescription drugs open to abuse, some of the most common include opioid analgesics, stimulants, and depressants. Worldwide, with the UK included, prescription drugs are among the most abused substances and represent a significant proportion of the leading risk factors for early death and poor health, particularly in certain age groups. With such a wide variety of prescription drugs open to abuse and a rife black market, prescription drug abuse poses a significant societal challenge. 

After two decades of helping people overcome all types of substance abuse, Gladstones Clinic is the ideal partner to help you reclaim your life from the clutches of prescription drugs. Our integrative and holistic prescription drug rehab programmes have helped countless people understand their addiction, break the cycle of abuse, and rejoin society clean, sober, happy, and healthy.

Ongoing prescription drug addiction can be devastating to both mind and body. Getting professional help in overcoming addiction sooner than later can significantly reduce the chances of early death and/or irreversible mental health damage.

Need help in battling prescription drug addiction?

Gladstones Clinic has a proven track record and more than 20 years’ experience in helping people recover from prescription drug addiction.

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Why do people abuse prescription drugs?

There are a number of interplaying factors that affect prescription drug abuse. One of the primary factors, from our experience as rehab service providers, is that individuals initially take prescription drugs to relieve either physical pain or emotional distress. Prescription drugs, especially opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants, are often prescribed for legitimate medical reasons; however, their powerful and sometimes euphoric effects easily lead to them being abused after the original symptoms have disappeared.

In cases where legitimate medical use isn’t the primary driving force, social or peer pressure to take prescription medications recreationally often leads to dependency. The misconceptions among many, especially teenagers and younger individuals, that prescription drugs are less harmful than illicit narcotics contribute to a willingness to experiment with them. 

Other factors that also contribute to prescription drug abuse include living in an environment where they are readily available, co-existing mental health disorders, and a history of drug misuse in the family.

When to seek help for prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse can have varying and devastating effects on your physical, mental, and emotional health if left untreated. While each drug has its own set of effects, no substance that induces euphoria, brings relief from physical or emotional pain, or takes the edge off daily life is safe for long-term consumption. 

Please consider seeking professional help in treating prescription drug abuse if any of these statements apply to you or a loved one.

What happens in prescription drug addiction therapy?

Prescription drug abuse is a complex phenomenon with many contributing factors. With years of experience treating this condition, our expert addiction specialists understand their interplay and have created and perfected time-tested and evidence-backed treatment programmes that help our patients understand their addiction and devise long-term strategies to maintain sobriety.

1. Addiction Assessment & Consultation

Gladstones believes in individualised and tailored treatment for our patients. With so many variables affecting prescription drug addiction, a thorough addiction assessment allows us to deliver treatments and therapies that work for you, taking your unique situation and set of circumstances into consideration. Factors such as your abuse profile, general health, and co-occurring mental health disorders are all taken into account when designing your treatment schedule.

2. Detoxification (Detox)

The first medical step in any prescription drug addiction programme is detox. Once again, there are a number of factors that affect how each patient will experience detox, but typically, it’s considered uncomfortable. Gladstones Clinic provides medically supervised detox with licenced physicians who may prescribe medication to ease the discomfort of detox, especially for severe opioid addictions. During this time, your physical and mental health will be monitored constantly by experienced and compassionate addiction specialists who will guide you through to primary care.

3. Primary Care

Primary care forms the core of the Gladstones Clinic prescription drug addiction rehab programme and involves all the therapies and treatments focused on understanding your addiction and creating strategies to recognise and manage triggers and cravings. Our integrative and non-12-step methods utilise a range of clinically approved therapies, including CBT, DBT, group sessions, and holistic treatments for comprehensive healing. We also offer family therapy to help repair damaged relationships with your partner or children, as needed.

4. Secondary Care, Tertiary Care, and Aftercare

Upon finishing the 28-day primary treatment programme, you’ll have the opportunity to join our extended and continued care programmes. These offer continued access to our resources and therapy as you transition back to everyday life while living independently. While our secondary and tertiary care programmes are available as needed based on your needs, all Gladstones patients enjoy lifelong access to our aftercare services. These include regularly scheduled in-person and online therapy sessions.

Get professional help in dealing with prescription drug addiction

Prescription drug addiction can very quickly spiral out of control and lead to devastating long-term effects.

Contact Gladstones Clinic for an obligation-free discussion of our clinic, treatments, and options available to you.

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