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Prescription Medication Addiction Treatment

At Addiction Specialist London we treat all types of addictions. This includes behavioural addictions such as gambling, sex, and food, but it can also include the use of illegal and legal drugs.


Unfortunately, people in the United Kingdom and around the world may find they start taking a particular prescription medication for a specific reason but continue using it long after, as they have become addicted to the medication. To make things more complicated, the prescribing doctor may not notify the individual at the beginning of a medical treatment about the addictive nature of the drug they are taking, or may continue to provide the prescription well outside of the treatment's scope and duration.

Another common way people become addicted to prescription medication is through sharing prescriptions. This can be a significant problem, with the person sharing the prescription not realising the risk of addiction the medication may pose to the other person.


Types of Prescription Medication

There are several types of prescription medication which are considered a high risk for addiction. These are also commonly prescribed, which creates the dual problem of availability and high prescription rates for legitimate medical issues. The drugs most often found at the centre of prescription medication addiction include:

  • Codeine: a pain management medication that is in the same class of drugs as heroin. There are low-dosage options available over the counter in the UK, but higher prescribed dosages are legally controlled and available only through a doctor.

  • Morphine: morphine has long been used as a painkiller across the globe. This drug is known for the deep relaxation and feelings of wellbeing that can be derived from even low-dosage use. It is considered a Class A drug in the UK and is highly regulated. Like many of the other drugs on this list, it is an opiate drug, where addiction can occur very rapidly from even extremely short-term use.

  • Oxycodone or Ocy-Contin: recognised as an 'abused' drug in many countries, Oxycodone is a pain management drug that's a synthetic version of morphine.

  • Hydrocodone: another Class A drug, this is often prescribed for both pain management as well as the suppression of coughs. It creates a subdued and relaxed feeling.

  • Valium: Diazepam or Valium is a sedative drug that creates a groggy, relaxed physical and emotional feeling. It is used for the treatment of anxiety, to reduce the physical symptoms of withdrawal, and to treat different types of seizures.

  • Xanax: Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that have a rapid impact on the brain. Originally prescribed in the early 1970s for the treatment of panic and anxiety disorders, it is estimated that 4 out of every 10 prescribed Benzodiazepine users will develop an addiction if it is used for six or more weeks.

  • Tramadol: another of the opioid pain relief medications available by prescription. It is not only addictive, but also has a list of significant side-effects that are often very serious and result in emergency medical treatment.


There are several other highly addictive prescription medications that are common in prescription drug addiction. The staff at Addiction Specialist London are experienced in working with patients with different types of prescription drug medication addictions, and we provide one-on-one confidential counselling and therapy.

If you have questions about the use of prescription medication or would like to speak to one of our specialists about help with an addiction to medication, contact us today for confidential, expert advice.





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