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At one time, drugs prescribed by doctors were considered to be an aid to cure illness or at least to help a person get over pain or anxiety they were experiencing; prescription drugs were considered medicine (treatment or prevention of disease). Slowly, over the last sixty to seventy years, over-prescribing of prescription drugs such as painkillers and anti-anxiety formulas has exploded like an ocean flood into the hands of the general public. Patients were and are obtaining more tablets of various kinds than they need, and often share them with friends and other members of their family. Pills and tablets being passed from one person to another, with little or no restriction, has created uncontrolled use and subsequently it is not only the person originally prescribed the drug who develops addiction, but additionally the illicit users too. Help them get there life back on track.

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How to get get of prescription drugs

Types of prescribed drug addictions

Prescription drug statistics

Pain Relievers: Opiates and Opioids

Central Nervous System Depressants


Prescription drugs physical withdrawal symptoms

How do you start a recovery from prescription drug dependence?

Doctors willingness to prescribe painkillers such as: Tramadol and tranquillisers without due discretion, led to vulnerable people unwittingly becoming addicts. Even those patients who used them properly, and did no more than follow the directions on the bottle, wound up being addicted. Those looking for a buzz would try them, found that they satisfied some need, and carried on using them, until they too became addicted.

With easy access via the Internet, what started 60-70 years ago, has now reached epidemic proportions with many health experts believing that there are more people in the UK addicted to prescribed drugs, than all of the illegal street drugs put together.

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Types of prescribed drug addictions

There are three classes of prescription drugs that are frequently abused by all ages, including young people.

These are:

1. Opium based and pain killers or very similar synthesised opium in chemical composition

2. Anxiety or sleep assisting depressants that act on the body’s Central nervous system, prescribed to reduce symptoms of hyper-alertness, irritability, sleep troubles (often an imbalance between Calcium and Magnesium which have nothing to do with drugs!)

3. Stimulants prescribed by a GP or a psychiatrist for young people having trouble paying attention in school

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Prescription drug statistics

Getting accurate statistics in the UK, of how many people are dependent on prescribed drugs, is difficult. This is partly due to the fact that prescription drug addiction has not been officially recognised as a problem by the UK government, but secondly, prescription drug addicts appear to be far more secretive about their problems than street drug users.

However, in the USA , prescription drug dependence has been recognised, and according to the USA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 170,000 people needed rehabilitation facilities for painkiller addiction in 2010, and another 23,000 needed help with addiction to tranquillisers, sedatives or stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin or even drugs available over the counter like cough medicine. These figures only include those whose rehabilitation was from a publicly funded facility; the numbers of people who attended private rehabilitation centres are not available, but would obviously add to this figure and maybe significantly.

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Pain Relievers: Opiates and Opioids

Opium has had a long history of being an effective pain killer. Opium comes from a poppy, Papaver somniferum, which is grown mostly in Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico and Southeast Asia. The resin extracted from the seed pod of the poppy is collected, resulting in balls of opium which can be smoked. Most of the resin extracted from poppies is processed into morphine, some of which is refined into heroin by various chemical processes.

Some prescription painkillers are directly derived from opium. There are some that are completely or partly synthetic. Semi-synthetics and fully synthetic painkillers are called opioids.



This is not a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of formulations of opiates and opioids. This list are the ones that most of the general public are aware of.

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Central Nervous System Depressants

This category of drugs are intended to calm a person down or enable him to sleep.

This class of drug consists of: Benzodiazepines like:

Just to name a few.

It also includes barbiturates or sleeping pills like:

Although it is not technically part of the same category, these drugs are often mixed with carisoprodol, brand named Soma, a popular muscle relaxant. Benzodiazepines and barbiturates both suppress the breathing, which is the reason why people die following an overdose. A person’s breathing slows down to such a degree that they simply die.

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There are several prescription stimulants that may be passed around from one young person to another, on a high school or college campus in particular. These are the drugs that may be prescribed when a young person has been said to suffer with ADHD:

You will notice that some of these drugs have a similar chemical composition to a dangerous, addictive illicit drug - methamphetamine.

Whether a young person ever needs these drugs or not can be debated. But needed or not, they all have the potential for abuse and addiction.

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Prescription drugs Physical withdrawal symptoms

Physical withdrawal symptoms from prescribed drugs  differ significantly, depending on the type of prescription medication that is used, how much is taken daily, the length of time used, and the degree to which an individual is dependant. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms may include anyone or a combination of the following symptoms:

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How do you start a recovery from prescription drug dependence?

First the person must realise that the dependency on a prescribed drug has in fact become an addiction, and have a desire to stop.

Next they should seek help from a reputable drug rehabilitation programme that has experience in treating prescription drug addiction, working on the logical theory that it is almost impossible to treat prescription drug addiction by the use of further prescribed drugs.  The rehabilitation centre should have the capabilities to address this kind of addiction without compounding it with more drugs.

Coming off prescribed drugs can have it’s complications, the withdrawals can be extreme and there may be detrimental health implications, especially if the withdrawal is not assisted by a withdrawal specialist with expertise in this particular field.  

A prescription drug rehab facility will be able to accurately asses the situation, to determine whether a medically supervised detox, or a gradient wean-off schedule is needed, before a complete rehabilitation can be undertaken.

Once a person has passed through the withdrawal stage, they should complete a full detoxification programme where they can fully eliminate any drug residuals that may remain in their system after which the Narconon Objective exercises will help them regain their mental and emotional abilities, to rebuild their life and future.

The Narconon program has helped thousand of people with prescription drug addiction problems by providing an effective method of recovery.

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