It’s a problem that can all too easily be swept under the carpet, but an addiction to prescription drugs can often be just as devastating and serious as a dependence on illegal drugs. Talk to us about your options, including detox, counselling and drug rehab. In this article, we discuss some of the most addictive prescription drugs and hear from Samantha, a recovering addict who managed to quit her prescription drug habit with help from Port of Call.
It is not just alcohol and illegal drugs that can lead to complex addiction issues. Some prescription drugs can also be highly addictive and a dependence on these types of substances presents its own unique set of challenges.
Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:
Some over the counter medications, mainly Codeine based analgesics, such as the following can also be addictive:
If you feel like you cannot cope without a drug, and have a desperate need to obtain and consume that drug to soothe uncomfortable feelings, then you may be addicted to prescription drugs.
You may also observe one or more of the following:
Samantha, 20, from Cheadle Hume became addicted to the anti-anxiety benzodiazepine, Valium, at the age of 17. This is Samantha’s story.
“In the lead up to my A-Levels I began getting really severe panic attacks. I was lonely, under pressure, and stressed. My mum had a secret drawer full of Valium, for when she felt low occasionally, and in the middle of a particularly bad panic attack I raided her supply.
“I felt instantly better. It very quickly became my default coping mechanism. But I soon began needing bigger and bigger doses to calm myself down. I knew it was a bad idea, and that I was becoming dependent, but the thought of stopping made me more stressed than ever.
“Things came to a head when mum’s tablets ran out. I was frantic; there was no way I was going to go to the doctors for a prescription. In my panic I searched the internet for advice about prescription drug addiction and found Port of Call. After listening to my story, they suggested that I should go to a rehab clinic for a gradual detox programme and rehab counselling.
“They found a clinic close by within days. Obviously I had to tell my mum, which was really upsetting, but she was really supportive and understood how addictive the Valium could be. I had to miss my A-Level exams to go into rehab. But luckily my school were really supportive and let me resit once I’d recovered. With Port of Call’s help I managed to wean myself off the drugs and passed my exams the following year.”
There are many ways to get help and Port of Call are here to assist you. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you find the most appropriate course of treatment and support. We have access to rehabs nationwide, so can find the right one for you. Please call us today, we are ready, willing and able to help you through prescription drug addiction.
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