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When prescriptions turn into addictions

Meet Gary, 28, from Essex. Gary was experiencing migraines on a regular basis when he got home from work. After a visit to his doctor, Gary was prescribed codeine. Here, he shares his story about his journey in and out of prescription drug addiction and how he accessed drug rehab.

Prescription drug addiction symptoms

My prescription drug addiction symptoms

Looking back to the first day I took codeine, I wish I would have thought it through or spoken to someone. I had just been given a promotion in work. Me and my wife had moved into our new house. Everything was going well, or so it would appear. On the inside I had this gnawing anxiety that something could go wrong at any moment. That’s when I turned to the codeine, which had previously been prescribed to me for my migraines, to numb those feelings.

I knew that codeine had the power to make me relax and forget about my worries. I wouldn’t be thinking about my new responsibilities in work. Or about paying off our hefty new mortgage. For me, codeine not only got rid of my headaches, but it also helped me to de-stress. I began to take them regularly if I felt that I needed to unwind.

The more codeine I took, the more I craved. At this point I knew I was in trouble. I had heard of people becoming addicted to codeine but I never imagined it happening to me. I just wanted to be able to chill out after work and get a good night’s sleep. Not for one second did I think that what was once just a quick fix for clearing my head would turn into me depending on it to get through the week. I kept going back to my doctor for more but it was becoming too risky. I had two options: find more supplies or admit that I needed help and tell my wife. Telling my wife was the option that I wanted to avoid the most. However, I knew that was the right thing to do. I just wasn’t ready. She was already very suspicious of my behaviour as it was, I didn’t want to give her any more reason to worry.

Finding prescription drug addiction treatment

After assessing my options, and concluding that finding more codeine was not that simple, I had a look online for help. That’s when I came across Port of Call and found out that they help people find alcohol rehab and drug rehab. I read the information about prescription drug abuse, including all the prescription drug addiction symptoms, which confirmed what I already knew inside – I was addicted.

I was apprehensive about taking the next step but, after sleeping on it, I plucked up the courage to ring Port of Call and get some prescription drug addiction help. The adviser on the other end of the phone was really helpful. He listened to my story and we talked through my options. He asked me what my personal preferences were in terms of a drug rehab and matched this with my medical needs. I went to bed that night feeling relieved and optimistic but also knowing it was time to tell my wife that I’d be checking in to a prescription drug addiction treatment centre.

The next day I told her. Much to my relief, she was incredibly supportive. “I just want you to get better Gary,” she said. My first few days in rehab were strange but I soon got used to it and met some people that I had a lot in common with. When my rehab came to an end some weeks later, and it was time to move back with my wife, I realised how lucky I am. I’m glad that this difficult stage in my life is over. I couldn’t have done it without all the help I received from Port of Call.

If you or a loved one think you could have a prescription drug addiction issue, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced advisers here at Port of Call. Speak to us for free on 08000029010 or email

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