PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION

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  • Get exceptional professional support to help you detox and recover from prescription drug addiction. We specialise in medically supervised detox from drugs and alcohol.
  • Sydney Detox and Rehab has a luxury, home-like atmosphere. Your comfort and privacy are our priority so we only take up to four clients at a time
  • Medical and holistic therapies are offered concurrently to maximise your recovery and help you take charge of your life

It takes courage to take the first step in addressing addiction concerns. Reaching out for support can feel daunting, but getting appropriate professional support can be a key factor in an addict’s recovery journey.

Prescription drug abuse continues to be a worrying trend throughout Australia and affects individuals and families from all walks of life. Sydney Detox and Rehab is here to help you at every stage of your recovery process.

What is prescription drug addiction?

There are numerous prescription drugs that are addictive, especially. These include prescribed pain medications such as opioids or opiates (like Oxycodone or Codeine), sedatives & anxiolytics such as barbiturates or benzodiazepines (like Valium) and prescribed stimulants such dexamphetamine. These prescription drugs can be beneficial when taken as directed and under the strict supervision of a doctor, however dependence and tolerance can quickly develop, especially when these prescription drugs are used incorrectly.

Prescription drug addiction can affect anyone. Most people begin using these drugs as a result of valid medical issues, such as an injury, chronic pain or a mental health concern.

Over time, people build up tolerance to the prescription drug- more and more of the drug is needed to get the same effect and dependency can develop. People may increase their dose against doctors advice. With some of these drugs, such as barbiturates and opiates, the increasingly higher doses can easily lead to overdose and even death.

Some of the most common signs of prescription drug addiction are:

  • Secrecy, lying and attempting to hide increasing drug use
  • Doctor shopping- going to several different doctors to get the same medication
  • Obtaining the prescription drug through illegal means
  • Risky and unsafe behaviours, such as driving under the influence
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability and noticeable changes in mood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating and impaired decision making
  • Isolating from partners, family and friends
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Problems with coordination and balance

Once tolerance and addiction has set in, stopping the prescription drug can result in withdrawal symptoms, making quitting difficult and sometimes even dangerous.

What is prescription drug withdrawal?

Withdrawal symptoms can occur when you stop using any type of substance because your body has developed a tolerance to the substance. It is common to experience a wide range of physical and mental withdrawal symptoms while your body is detoxing from a drug.
The withdrawal process can be uncomfortable, but it is a necessary first step. The sudden discontinuance of a drug your body is used to can lead to extreme or dangerous symptoms or relapse. Medical supervision of withdrawal is important due to these risks.

Symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Hallucinations
  • tremors
  • insomnia
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Cold and hot flushes
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy sweating
  • Lack of concentration and impaired memory
  • Pain, muscle pain and cramping
  • Seizures

Getting Treatment

Getting the right professional support for your addiction helps increase your chances of recovery and living a fuller life free from the burdens of addiction.
It is inadvisable to attempt to detox from prescription drugs on your own due to risks such as seizures and accidental overdose. Residential medically supervised detox and rehab is an important first step in recovery and reclaiming your life from addiction.

Medically Supervised detox

Medically supervised detox helps individuals to safely withdraw from the prescription drug(s) they are addicted to, under the guidance of an experienced doctor and nursing staff.  Trained medical professionals assess, monitor and treat your addiction & withdrawal symptoms and provide medical support with alleviating the discomfort and severity of withdrawal.

The number of days a person experiences withdrawal symptoms will depend on factors such the prescription drug abused, the duration & severity of the addiction and whether other substances were used.

Detoxing in a comfortable and supportive environment is highly recommended due to the difficulties and dangers involved in attempted withdrawal on one’s own.

What is medically supervised detox like at Sydney Detox and Rehab?

Sydney Detox and Rehab offers residential medically supervised detox and rehab for 7-28 days. The detox program is overseen by an experienced medical doctor and nursing staff.

All individuals are assessed by our doctor and a detox program is tailor made to your needs. The doctor may prescribe medication that could help in alleviating your withdrawal symptoms for the first few days. Nursing staff are present 24/7 during the withdrawal phase and monitor your health throughout the day. Specially trained staff are available to oversee the comfort and safety of your detox.

During your stay you will be supported with daily holistic therapies such as massage and counselling, nutritious chef-prepared meals and enjoyable activities such as golf.

Rehabilitation is recommended after the detox phase, so that you can understand your addiction and develop healthier habits & resources that can support you in living your best life.

A Holistic treatment approach to prescription drug addiction treatment:

Here at Sydney Detox and Rehab we offer a detoxification and rehabilitation program that addresses the whole person.

Your nutrition is taken care of by an in-house chef and personalized food plan.

Massage, acupuncture and a personal training supports you to relax, detox your body and build physical resilience.

Counselling, coaching and psychoeducational sessions help you understand your addiction and rebuild a life based in healthy habits and coping strategies.

Your detox and rehab program is tailor made, so depending on your needs & interests we can offer additions like equine assisted learning, recreational activities such as golf & kayaking, African drumming sessions and sound meditation.

We want you to experience the possibilities that are available to you in life beyond addiction.

 

Get in touch with us for a confidential discussion with one of our friendly staff.