Here at Ocean Recovery, we can provide you with the treatment to recover from any prescription drug addiction.

Whether it is to fight off an infection or alleviate a mental health disorder, many individuals in the UK are prescribed prescription drugs by medical professionals at some point in their lives.

Unfortunately, some people fall into a cycle of prescription drug abuse as they become dependent on the medication.

According to NHS England, 1 in 4 people in England currently take prescription drugs on a daily basis. NHS England has further noted that at least 50% of individuals currently taking prescription drugs are believed to have been taking them for a .

Regrettably, the longer prescription drugs are prescribed, the greater the chance that an individual will develop an addiction.

What Are The Different Types Of Prescription Drug?

There are many different types of prescription drugs, and they are used to treat a variety of conditions and illnesses. Some prescription drugs can be very addictive, while others may not be physically addictive and can develop behavioural addictions.

Common prescription medications:

  1. Antibiotics: These drugs are used to treat bacterial infections by either killing the bacteria or inhibiting their growth. Examples include penicillin, amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, and azithromycin.
  2. Antidepressants: Prescribed to treat various forms of depression, these drugs work by altering neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Examples include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like fluoxetine (Prozac), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) like amitriptyline, and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like venlafaxine (Effexor).
  3. Antipsychotics: These medications are used to manage psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They help alleviate symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and agitation. Examples include haloperidol, risperidone, and olanzapine.
  4. Analgesics: Also known as painkillers, analgesics are prescribed to alleviate pain. They can be classified into two main categories: non-opioid analgesics like acetaminophen and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, and opioid analgesics like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine.
  5. Antihypertensives: These drugs are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular complications. Examples include ACE inhibitors (e.g., lisinopril), beta-blockers (e.g., metoprolol), calcium channel blockers (e.g., amlodipine), and diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide).
  6. Antidiabetic drugs: Prescribed to manage diabetes mellitus, these medications help control blood sugar levels. They include insulin, metformin, sulfonylureas (e.g., glyburide), and DPP-4 inhibitors (e.g., sitagliptin).
  7. Anticoagulants: Also known as blood thinners, these drugs reduce the blood’s ability to clot, thereby preventing blood clots that can lead to conditions like stroke or pulmonary embolism. Examples include warfarin, heparin, and newer oral anticoagulants like rivaroxaban and apixaban.
  8. Hormonal drugs: These medications regulate hormone levels in the body and are used to treat various conditions such as hormonal imbalances, contraception, and hormone-sensitive cancers. Examples include thyroid hormones (e.g., levothyroxine), oral contraceptives, and hormone therapy for menopause.
  9. Immunosuppressants: Prescribed to suppress the immune system, these drugs are used in conditions like organ transplantation to prevent rejection and in autoimmune diseases to reduce inflammation and immune responses. Examples include cyclosporine, tacrolimus, and corticosteroids like prednisone.
  10. Anti-inflammatory drugs: These medications reduce inflammation and are used to treat conditions like arthritis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease. Examples include corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and biologic drugs like infliximab and adalimumab.
  11. Prescription stimulants: These drugs are used to treat conditions like ADHD and narcolepsy. They can be addictive and potentially damaging when misused. Examples include Adderall and Ritalin.

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What Are The Signs and Symptoms Associated With Prescription Drug Addiction?

If you are unsure if you have developed an addiction through your prescription drug use, it is worth considering the signs and symptoms that people experience once they have become addicted.

If you have a prescription drug addiction, you will encounter various physical, psychological and behavioural side effects.  These signs and symptoms are common among people who suffer from drug abuse, such as;

  • Feeling sick
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Decreased coordination levels
  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Feeling somewhat irritable and agitated
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Paranoia
  • Increased levels of anxiety
  • Becoming increasingly secretive
  • Isolating yourself from others

You may also notice behavioural changes in yourself or a family member who is suffering from an addiction to prescription drugs. Prescription drug misuse can lead to long-term effects and consequences, causing a wide range of problems and having a devastating impact on various aspects of life.

You may develop a preoccupation as to how you can access a prescription drug. You may try to get prescribed the drug under false pretences, ask a family member to try and acquire the drug, try to purchase the drug on the black market or pretend to your GP you have lost prescription drugs and need more.

If you are experiencing these physical or behavioural symptoms, they should act as a warning sign that you need help. Getting prescription drug addiction treatment in a registered CQC rehab such as Ocean can help to put this substance abuse behind you.

How we Treat Prescription Drug Addiction at Rehab?

Treatment for prescription drug addiction at Ocean Recovery typically involves a combination of medical intervention, therapy, and support services tailored to your specific needs. Our prescription drug addiction treatment includes comprehensive assessment, tailored treatment packages, and convenient rehab options to ensure effective recovery.

As a CQC-registered rehabilitation centre, we deploy proven methods to help people overcome addiction and have a fully qualified team of health specialists who will work with you on a daily basis. Our rehabilitation services are tailored to each person, and you will receive a range of holistic treatments.

Medical Detoxification

Each of our clients will undertake a medical detoxification to end physical dependence on drugs. When a person stops taking a drug they have become addicted to, they often experience withdrawal symptoms. Medical detoxification allows us to manage your withdrawal symptoms under supervision in our rehab centre. Prescription drug detox is a crucial step to ensure safety and comfort during the withdrawal process.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Certain medications may be used to help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with prescription drug treatment. For example, methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are commonly used in the treatment of opioid addiction, while medications like acamprosate and disulfiram may be used for alcohol addiction.

Behavioral Therapies

We provide various forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), contingency management, and motivational interviewing; we can help individuals address the underlying psychological and behavioural factors contributing to their addiction. Our therapies identify and modify maladaptive thought patterns and behaviours, help to develop coping skills and promote motivation for change. Inpatient prescription drug rehab offers an immersive recovery environment with a supportive community and experienced staff to aid in this process.

Support Groups and Peer Counseling

We encourage participation in support groups like Narcotics Anonymous, which provide individuals with a sense of community, encouragement, and accountability during their recovery journey. We also provide peer counselling and mentorship from individuals who have successfully overcome addiction.

Individual and Family Counseling

Regular counselling sessions with our therapist will help to identify underlying issues contributing to your addiction. We will improve your communication and relationship skills, and involve family members in the recovery process for support and education if of benefit to the individual.

Lifestyle Changes and Holistic Approaches

We promote lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, healthy eating habits, stress management techniques, and mindfulness practices. We will support overall well-being and aid in recovery by identifying any physical issues that have led to dependence on prescription drugs and work with your GP and any other related healthcare professionals to develop a long-term plan.

Aftercare Planning and Relapse Prevention

We will develop a comprehensive aftercare plan to assist your long term prescription drug recovery. This may include ongoing therapy, participation in support groups, regular medical monitoring, and strategies for coping with triggers and cravings. Relapse prevention techniques will help identify early warning signs of relapse and implement coping strategies to prevent recurrence.

Continued Monitoring and Support

Long-term recovery from prescription drug addiction often requires ongoing monitoring and support. We will bring together healthcare providers, counsellors, and support networks and draw up a detailed recovery plan once you leave our rehab facility.

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Codeine Addiction

Codeine is an opiate painkiller which is used to treat mild-moderate pain such as backache. Prescription opioids such as Codeine can become extremely addictive if consumed for a longer period of time than is recommended.

It can be difficult to distinguish if you have an opioid addiction as a tolerance forms to the drug, which may feel like it is no longer working to manage pain. It is important to seek treatment options if you feel like you have formed a codeine addiction.

Please click the below link for more information on the codeine addiction treatment we offer.

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Sleeping Pill Addiction

Sleeping pills are often not thought to be dangerous, but addiction can occur if tolerance is built over a long period of use. Doctors typically prescribe sleeping pills to treat insomnia in the short term, which is why long use can lead to problems.

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Painkiller Addiction

Prescription painkillers are one of the leading causes of the huge opioid crisis that is currently occurring in the US and UK. Over long-term use, painkillers can become incredibly addictive and ruin the quality of life of people suffering from addiction.

Although opiate painkillers are often prescribed, such as Codeine, Fentanyl and Tramadol, it has now become commonplace for these painkillers to be sold illegally to those suffering from addiction. If you feel like you are suffering from painkiller dependence, it is important that you seek addiction recovery and start a treatment plan.

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Panadol Addiction

Panadol or Paracetamol is a very common drug people become dependent on.

Although in general a safe substance to use when taken within the required dosage.

The problem is with overuse, people can become physically and psychologically dependent on the drug.

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Diazepam Addiction 

This drug is mainly prescribed for those suffering from anxiety and panic disorders.

It is extremely addictive due to its sedative nature and can often lead to fatalities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right rehab treatment provider can be a life-changing decision; here are some of the most common questions we are asked pre-admission.

What types of prescription drugs are commonly treated in rehab?

Prescription drug rehab programmes commonly treat addiction to opioids (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone), benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam, diazepam), stimulants (such as Adderall, Ritalin), and sedatives/hypnotics (such as zolpidem, temazepam).

How long does prescription drug rehab typically last?

The duration of prescription drug rehab varies depending on factors such as the severity of addiction and your progress in treatment. We offer short-term options lasting a few weeks, and longer-term residential treatment lasting several months.

What treatment approaches are used in prescription drug rehab?

We employ a combination of medical detoxification (if necessary), behavioural therapies (such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, and contingency management), medication-assisted treatment (if applicable), support groups, individual counselling, and holistic therapies to address physical, psychological, and social aspects of your addiction.

Will I have access to medication-assisted treatment during rehab?

Depending on the type of prescription drug addiction and your personal needs, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) may be offered as part of the rehab programme. MAT involves the use of medications like methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone to help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid or alcohol addiction.

What happens after completing prescription drug rehab?

After completing prescription drug rehab, we will transition you to an aftercare plan designed to support ongoing recovery. This may include continued therapy, participation in support groups, regular medical monitoring, lifestyle changes, and relapse prevention strategies to help maintain sobriety and promote long-term wellness.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: June 6, 2024

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr Robert Lutaaya - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: December 22, 2023

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Dr Robert Lutaaya qualified in 1995 from Worclaw Medical University as MBChB, and obtained a MSc Psych from the University of Manchester in 2014. Dr Lutaaya has previously worked for the CGL Substance Misuse Service and as an on-call doctor substance misuse Doctor for 17 years before joining Ocean Recovery. Dr Robert Lutaaya is committed to helping those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions.