When a medical prescription turns into a pharmaceutical addiction, the results can be devastating. Having a compulsive need to obtain and ingest a drug can have a ruinous effect, causing social, physical and psychological damage. It can be all the more difficult to break the cycle with pharmaceutical addiction as the medication is readily available, while the people surrounding you may not appreciate just how addictive these substances can be.
Every day, people will take over-the-counter medication without developing a dependency. But some will begin a course of prescription drugs, only to become addicted. This commonly occurs with sleeping tablets, analgesics, valium, diazepam, clonazepam, tamazepam, phenibut, rohypnol, codeine, dihydrocodeine, morphine, methoxetamine, fentanyl, ativan, librium, zopiclone and zolpidem.
Pharmaceutical Addiction: The Risks
Addiction to pharmaceutical medication can happen to absolutely anyone, although factors such as your personality, your genetic makeup and the medication you are taking will influence the possibility. Some prescription drugs will ease not only physical pain, but also psychological pain such as depression, anxiety and loneliness. This is particularly true of opioids which produce a feeling of euphoria. This can be very addictive, as the drug becomes an effective means of escape, providing a welcome relief from the strains of everyday life.
The Signs of Pharmaceutical Addiction
To some extent, alleviating such symptoms is the purpose of prescription drugs. But the problem comes when you find you are reliant upon your medication. You may feel unable to cope without it and begin to take desperate measures to guarantee a steady supply.
This may include asking your doctor for more, asking a different doctor for a prescription and buying the drugs online. You may also start to increase your dose, and suffer unpleasant physical symptoms if you stop taking it.
These are all classic signs of pharmaceutical addiction, a harmful condition that can damage your body, your personal relationships and your job.
Although you are not doing anything illegal, it is something that must be addressed, or the dependency will have a negative impact upon the lives of you and your loved ones.
How Can We Help?
At Gladstones we specialise in treatment for pharmaceutical addiction. We understand that everyone is different, which is why our programmes are designed on an individual basis. This will ensure your specific needs are taken care of, providing you with the help and support you need to combat your addiction. If necessary, this will involve a medically supervised detox, along with medical care, intensive counselling and complementary therapies, all of which will restore your health in the shortest possible time.
Call today to find out how a highly specific pharmaceutical addiction rehab programme can be created for you.