The Growing Problem of Prescribed Drug Addiction

Is it possible that you or someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs.Most of us take prescription drugs only for the reason the doctor intended. Nevertheless, an estimated 48 million people (aged 12 and older), according to the National Institute on drug abuse have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime. That figure represents approximately 20% of the Uk population.

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in prescription drug misuse or abuse. This increase has led to a corresponding increase in A & E visits because of accidental overdoses as well as admissions to drug treatment programs for drug addictions.Medication abuse is not always some thing people expect after a long period on medication.

Here at Villa Paradiso we will look at the medication and reason for long term prescription and find a none addictive medication to treat the medical problem.

Our team will do a full medical review as well as therapy looking at the affects of the medication and any underline addiction issues.

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease It causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the addicted person as well as the people around that person. The abuse of drugs — even prescription drugs — leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain.

For most people, the initial decision to take prescription drugs is voluntary. Over a period of time, however, changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse affect a person’s self control and ability to make sound decisions. While this is going on, the person continues to experience intense impulses to take more drugs.

Here at Villa Paradiso we focus on the person and not the addiction,looking at there coping skills and new ways to manage pain safely.we will do full medication reviews and assess pain management drugs.

Supporting people to not abuse any prescribed medication and feel confident to challenge long term prescribing.

Mathew Idle
Lead Therapist
Villa Paradiso

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