Prescription Drug Addiction


High-Quality Rehab Help for those with Prescription Drug Addiction in England


Prescription drug addiction is one of the worst addictions in the UK. It can be challenging to see a loved one become addicted to prescription drugs. Although prescription drugs are there to help you, many individuals become reliant on them. Substance abuse isn’t uncommon; finding the right help to tackle your addiction is key.

Prescription drug abuse should be dealt with accordingly. Rehabilitation is the most effective way to overcome an addiction, whether it’s related to prescription drugs or not. When you start to take prescription drugs more than you need to, you become dependent; this is what starts an addiction.

Despite being aware of the negative effects that come with prescription drug addiction, those addicted will continue to take them, whether that be orally, and even snorting or injecting in some cases. Prescription drug misuse is an increasing problem; noticing the signs and symptoms early on gives you a chance to get ahold of your addiction and get the best prescription drug addiction treatment to help you in the most effective way possible.

High rates of medication use increase the complexity and cost of healthcare in the UK. Prescription drugs are a central component of healthcare, not just in the UK, but worldwide. Addiction can affect anyone; prescription drugs often misused include anti-anxiety medicines, opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, oxycontin, percocet and then stimulants to name a few. There are many types of prescription drugs. Prescription painkillers are often given out for medical conditions and pain relief, but they are commonly abused.

Tedious withdrawal symptoms shouldn’t be dealt with alone; seeking the right rehab for yourself or a loved one means they’re able to deal with their addiction in the correct way around people who can help during their more challenging times.

At Verve Healthcare, we deal with individuals who are looking for the most suitable rehab centre to attend. It’s our job to deal with each individual accordingly and make sure we keep their needs and requirements in mind whilst looking at treatment options. You can trust us to help get the help that you need.


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Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

There’s an array of signs and symptoms to look out for if you detect prescription drug addiction. It can be hard to see addiction in yourself, and many remain in denial. Symptoms of prescription drug addiction vary and depend on the specific drug that’s being taken.

A variety of tedious symptoms, both mental and physical, come with being addicted to prescription drugs. Although a healthcare professional often prescribes the drugs, they aren’t there to be taken long-term.

Due to their mind-altering properties, prescription drug addiction symptoms show differently. As mentioned, opioids, anti-anxiety medicines and stimulants are most commonly misused prescription medications. Opioids are used to treat pain, anti-anxiety medicines are often prescribed for mental health sufferers and stimulants treat disorders such as ADHD. Prescription drugs such as alprazolam (xanax) are also used for anxiety and panic disorders.

Opioid addiction displays symptoms including nausea, constipation, drowsiness, confusion, poor coordination, slow breathing and sensitivity to pain. Anti-anxiety medicines cause similar effects, such as drowsiness, confusion, unsteady walking, memory issues and slurred speech.

Stimulants come with challenging symptoms. Irregular heartbeat, sleep disorders, paranoia, anxiety, reduced appetite, high body temperature and increased alertness. Other various signs of prescription drug addiction as a whole include poor decisions, taking part in illegal activity involving the exchange of prescription drugs and requesting early refills.

Mixing prescription drugs can be dangerous. There is a greater risk of overdose and death if you are mixing prescription drugs such as opiate painkillers with other substances that suppress breathing such as alcohol, benzodiazepines (like diazepam or valium), and other opiate drugs.


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Prescription Drug Withdrawal

Drug withdrawal in general is incredibly challenging. When you abruptly stop taking prescription drugs, an array of tedious withdrawal symptoms occur. Physical dependence, also known as drug tolerance, is the body’s response to long-term prescription drug addiction.

When you’re physically dependent on prescription drugs, your body requires a higher dosage to reach the same effects. It’s possible to experience withdrawal symptoms just from cutting back on drugs. If you go cold turkey, your body could react negatively; it’s best to complete the detox process around trained healthcare professionals in a safe and secure setting.

Essentially, prescription drug withdrawal symptoms are caused by the brain reacting to a reduction in drug intake. Commonly abused prescription drugs have the potential to cause tolerance quickly. If you’ve been abusing prescription drugs for a long period of time, usually two to four weeks it’s likely that you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms.

Physical withdrawal symptoms include aches, pains, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, muscle cramps, flu-like symptoms, sweating, diarrhoea and nausea. In severe cases, some extreme physical symptoms can cause death if they aren’t treated accordingly.

Psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts can also be expected. Similar to the physical withdrawal symptoms caused by prescription drug addiction, psychological symptoms can also be fatal; especially if someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

When withdrawal symptoms are managed efficiently during rehab, there’s a better chance of you overcoming your addiction fully. If you attempt to undergo the process of withdrawal independently, not only will you be dealing with harsh symptoms alone, but you’ll also be at a higher risk of relapsing.


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