Painkiller Addiction

Most of us take prescription painkillers as prescribed and stop taking them when we feel better. However, long-term use or abuse of addictive painkilling drugs can result in drug dependence and painkiller addiction, a chronic and often life-threatening condition.

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Painkiller Addiction
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Help for painkiller addiction at Delamere

If you are concerned about your or perhaps a loved one’s relationship with painkillers, it is time to seek painkiller addiction treatment. At Delamere, our 4-phase treatment plan has been designed with the help of industry professionals to help you get to the root cause of your addiction, allowing you to heal from it.

At Delamere, we believe that with the right tools and support anyone can overcome a painkiller addiction. At Delamere private rehab in Cheshire, we have developed specific treatment pathways designed around our patients’ individual needs. 

Just as no two people’s addictive habits follow the exact same pattern, no two of our treatment programmes are exactly the same.

During your stay with us, you will be supported and cared for by our dedicated multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and recovery mentors who are united by the common goal of seeing our guests get better. An invaluable asset to our guests, many of our team members are able to call upon their own lived experiences of addiction and recovery, enabling them to fully comprehend exactly what our guests are going through.

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“I really quite quickly settled in, the staff were amazing, and I just felt safe and that I could just kind of put a stop to my life and start working out what I really wanted going forward.”
Simon, Former Delamere guest

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When to seek painkiller addiction treatment

Through repeated exposure to an addictive painkiller, drug dependence can develop, which can lead to addiction. Repeated abuse of a painkiller puts you at high risk of addiction, a life-threatening chronic condition that requires specialist treatment in order to manage.

Painkiller rehab at Delamere can provide a life-saving intervention for those suffering from painkiller addiction. Through a supported painkiller detox and a process of intensive therapies and healing, our guests are provided with the tools necessary to take back control of their lives over painkiller addiction.

If you are concerned about your own relationship with painkillers or think a loved one might have a painkiller addiction, you may observe some of the following signs:

  • Weight and appearance changes
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Decline in work or school performance
  • Seeking painkillers from multiple sources
  • Emotional unavailability and indifference
  • Experience of panic attacks
  • Anxiety and depression

“At Delamere, we provide a caring, compassionate, soothing environment to help people change the directions of their lives.”

Dr Catherine Carney

The Delamere approach to painkiller addiction treatment

An inpatient stay at Delamere is a deliberately intensive 4-phase painkiller addiction treatment, one which we have crafted over time and has helped many participants recover. Our emphasis is on holistic care to treat addiction and associated issues. This means that we treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms they present with. We believe that successful treatment runs far deeper than simply stopping the addictive substance or behaviour.

Our approach at Delamere comprises 4 core phases: Stop, Start, Grow, & Bloom. Everything we offer at Delamere aims at effective and lasting outcomes in addiction treatment:

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    Stage 1: Stop

    This phase addresses any physical aspects of your addiction. Our medical team is on hand 24/7 to ensure a safe and effective withdrawal.

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    Stage 2: Start

    During ‘Start’ we help identify the psychological underpinnings of your dependency as you participate in a variety of addiction treatment therapies.

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    Stage 3: Grow

    Our ‘Grow’ phase is the process of integrating the Delamere learning experience into life after treatment.

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    Stage 4: Bloom

    Our ‘Bloom’ phase offers intensive support on a weekly basis for the first three months of recovery once guests return home.

How to encourage a loved one to get painkiller addiction help

A painkiller addiction can have severe consequences for both the individual and those around them. If your loved one is suffering from an addiction and refusing help from a painkiller addiction centre it is important to send them a clear message that you will support them when they accept help. At Delamere, we offer family support services and intervention services to help your family member, friend or colleague accept their problem and enter into painkiller addiction treatment with us.

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Frequently asked questions about painkiller addiction

Are painkillers dangerous?

Painkiller opiate-based drugs are particularly problematic. Those with chronic long-term pain conditions can find themselves taking more and more painkillers just to feel any relief from their pain. If they take any less than their body has become accustomed to, they develop extremely unpleasant opiate withdrawal symptoms.

Just because a drug is prescribed or purchased over the counter does not necessarily mean it is safe. Painkillers have a valid place in the medical world but sadly are also commonly abused for their effects. Painkillers containing codeine can be purchased over the counter, so a doctor doesn’t even need to be part of the equation. Codeine addiction is a very common problem due to ease of availability, analgesic effectiveness and its addictive properties. Codeine addiction and dependence can develop within as little as 3 to 5 days of continuous use.

Are painkillers gateway drugs?

Painkiller addiction can, in some cases, lead to a heroin addiction. Approximately 80% of all heroin addicts started out abusing opiate painkillers. Heroin has similar effects to that of strong opioid painkillers and in many parts of the world is a cheaper alternative.

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