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Prescription Drug Addiction

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Prescription Drug Addiction

If you are struggling with prescription drug addiction, help is at hand. Here at The London Psychiatry Centre we offer prescription drug addiction treatment to help you take back control.

The number of people coping with ‘legal’ drug addiction is beginning to overtake illicit drug addiction figures in rehab facilities across the UK.

Prescription drug use can creep up over time, and because these drugs are prescribed legally, it is easy to underestimate their effect or over usage.

Here at The London Psychiatry Centre we understand your need for a personalised treatment plan to address your issues and symptoms. Our addiction expert, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Christos Kouimtsidis is one of the foremost experts on substance misuse in the UK, and can help you get back on track.

+ - What is prescription drug addiction?

Any dependence is classified as the feeling of not being able to ‘do without’ something. In the case of prescription drug addiction, it is not being able to do without prescribed drugs. It can lead to feelings of anxiety (fear of what will happen if you don’t take the drugs) and of desperation (the need to take the drug to alleviate symptoms and to have a good supply).

Any drug can become addictive, but some of the most common examples are:

  • Opiates (codeine) – for pain
  • Antihistamines – for allergies
  • Antidepressants (citalopram, mirtazapine) – for depression
  • Central nervous system drugs (diazepam, temazepam) – for sleep and anxiety
+ - What are the signs of prescription drug addiction?

Although the exact symptoms experienced vary from person to person, we have highlighted some of the most common symptoms of prescription drug addiction below:

  • Taking more to get the desired effect
  • Asking for early prescriptions
  • Feelings of guilt regarding how much you are taking
  • Inability to cut down
  • Issues at work or with personal relationships
  • Being secretive about usage
  • Continuing drug use even when there are negative consequences
+ - What are the effects of prescription drug addiction?

Addiction in general will bring, inevitably, negative consequences. Some of these will be lifestyle related: for example, your relationships with loved ones may suffer and your ability to work and function properly in society will be impacted to a lesser or greater degree.

The physical impact of drug addiction brings many varied symptoms, which can affect your day to day life. These could include:

  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty with coordination
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Changes in blood pressure and appetite
  • Sedation and feelings of altered consciousness
  • Higher probability of contact with other drugs, including alcohol
+ - What treatments are available for prescription drug addiction?

Treatment at The London Psychiatry Centre starts with an assessment of your case and your individual needs by award-winning Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Christos Kouimtsidis.

We will develop a personalised treatment plan for you on the basis of this assessment, together with the necessary help and support for you and your family members.

Here at The London Psychiatry Centre we recognise that everyone is unique. If you are truly going to overcome addiction, a quick-fix, one-size-fits-all solution is not enough. That’s why all our care is tailored specifically to fit you.

A life free of prescription drug addiction and its associated problems is possible. We are here, waiting to help.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Christos Kouimtsidis, call us now on 020 7580 4224.