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The terms prescription drugs covers a range of drugs including stimulants, opioids and benzodiazepines. Most of us take them when prescribed and stop taking them when we feel better, but when a person begins to repeatedly take these medications for non-medical usage – perhaps simply to enjoy the feelings of euphoria that they can deliver – then there is a danger that the user can become dependent upon them. Serious addiction problems can result, affecting all areas of life and relationships, which is why at Delamere we have developed specific treatment pathways designed around individual needs. Just as no two people’s addictive habits follow the same pattern, so no two of our treatment programmes are exactly the same.
Painkillers are opiates, which include chemicals derived from opium. Often clinically prescribed for treating mild to severe pain after some form of accident or injury, they produce a strong sense of calm. There is often no deliberate intention from the patient to misuse their painkillers, but if over time a tolerance builds, they may begin to take increased dosages than recommended. The danger is that from this point onwards, a physical dependency can be formed.
Codeine is a painkiller that is widely prescribed for the treatment of moderate pain, diarrhoea and long-standing pain where painkillers such as aspirin haven’t had the desired effect. Available over the counter in the UK, Codeine is converted in morphine via the digestion process and as such can be highly addictive. Protracted low doses can lead to dependency as they build up a tolerance to the drug in the user.
Valium is prescribed by doctors to treat issues such as anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms and alcohol withdrawal. It is the brand name version of diazepam, and acts as a sedative, slowing down brain function. Due to the pleasant and calming sensations it can induce, Valium increasingly features in recreational abuse. However, users should be aware that misuse of Valium can cause unpleasant and even dangerous side effects such as suicidal moods, hallucinations, panic attacks and shallow breathing.
Ketamine is a class III scheduled drug approved for use in hospitals and other medical settings such a veterinary surgeries. It produces relaxation and relives pain, but due to its hallucinogenic and calming effects is being increasingly employed as a recreational drug. Users can suffer from abdominal ‘K’ cramps and a range of other unpleasant side effects such as liver damage and feelings of paralysis. Find out more about ketamine addiction today.
At Delamere we have a track record of delivering positive outcomes in the treatment of prescription drug addiction. Our leading team of clinicians, therapists and experts by experience will ensure that they take the time to become fully acquainted with your personal addiction story before putting in place plans and protocols to ensure your comfort and safety. In helping patients to move beyond their current difficulties we realise that a lot of hard work, honesty and humility is called for on the patient’s part, which is why we do our utmost to make the journey as enjoyable as possible through enhancing our treatment programmes with activities such as movie nights, art therapy, music and dance.
If you are worried that prescription drug addiction has become a problem in your life, or in the life of someone you care about we’re here to help.