Prescription medications such as pain-killers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants can provide highly beneficial treatments for a variety of health conditions. Pain relievers enable individuals with chronic pain to lead productive lives while tranquilizers can reduce anxiety and help patients with sleep problems. Most people who take prescription medications use them properly but when prescription drugs are misused or abused they can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction.
Misuse or abuse of prescription drugs occurs when they are taken in a manner or a dosage other than prescribed or taking them without medical prescription. The first step to a successful prescription drug detox is a thorough assessment of the type and level of abuse along with an evaluation of the physical and mental health of the patient. This will enable our medical staff to devise a detoxification programme individually tailored to the needs of each patient.
The abuse of Opiods which are most commonly prescribed as painkillers has become a great problem over the last few years. Properly medically managed analgesic or pain relieving medication can manage pain effectively and rarely causes addiction. Repeated exposure to opiods can cause severe withdrawal symptoms when there is a sudden cessation of their use. The U.S. Department of Health guidelines published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse advise that individuals taking prescribed opiod medication “should be medically supervised when stopping use in order to reduce or avoid withdrawal symptoms.”
The medical options for treating withdrawal from prescription painkillers are drawn from research in treating heroin addiction. Our detox centres have successfully been using Buprenorphine manufactured under the name Subutex for some time as a reliable form of prescription drug medication when painkillers have been abused. Further details about the development and use of Subutex can be found on our heroin detox page.
Central Nervous System (CAS) depressants including barbiturates and benzodiazepines are prescribed for conditions ranging from sleep disorders to anxiety or acute stress reactions. Discontinuing abuse or prolonged use of high doses of CNS depressants can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms. Medical advice and treatment is strongly recommended for any attempt to stop or significantly reduce using. Our medical staff ensure that each patient has the safest and most appropriate medication prescribed and dispensed with their full support throughout the detox.
For more information on our prescription drug detox or an informal chat call our professional team 24 hours a day. An assessment of your needs will enable us to give you further information about the optimum detox method that will become the first step to a successful and lasting recovery.