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Prescription Drug Rehabilitation

Drugs are prescribed at GP surgeries and hospitals across the UK on a daily basis. Many of these drugs are necessary to keep us alive and the advancement in medicine enables us to live healthier and longer than ever before.

However, there are certain prescribed drugs and medications that can lead to addiction – opiates & benzodiazepines. Very often, these are taken innocently by an individual looking for a solution to either a pain related issue or a mental health issue. In the short term, these medications can be effective in helping to manage pain or anxiety. But in the long term, they can stop working as tolerance increases and lead to addiction.

If you are looking for help with a prescription drug addiction, please contact The Providence Projects right away. Below you will find information about the treatment and rehab process at our treatment facility in Bournemouth. This will help you understand the problem and the help that is available to overcome the problem.

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Getting Help

Prescription drugs which include opiates and benzodiazepines have been shown to be highly addictive. The most common prescription medications that are abused are the opioid pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine. In addition, benzodiazepine medications like Xanax or Valium have been linked to many preventable deaths here in the UK.

Undergoing a detox from prescription medication is rarely sufficient, on its own, for a person to recover. Addiction is a complex and multi-faceted illness, which usually requires therapy and a comprehensive rehab programme to get better. By engaging in an intensive and structured rehab programme, clients learn the skills necessary to recovery and remain in recovery for good.

Our range of drug rehab programmes are designed to help individuals explore the underlying psychological and emotional issues which motivated addiction, and to ensure clients have the best chance of maintaining a successful, long-term recovery when leaving treatment.

We have a team of highly experienced drug and alcohol counsellors who can help you or a loved one understand the root causes of addiction, and help identify the patterns of addictive behaviours or triggers that could lead to potential relapse in future. Click on the link below to learn more about the admissions process for yourself or a loved one.

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Treatment Stages

Treatment for prescription drug addiction s available at The Providence Projects as part of our comprehensive treatment programme. The most common prescription drugs treated within the facility are opioids and benzodiazepines. We understand how addictive these medications are; how difficult it can be to stop and the difficult withdrawals which often perpetuate the addiction.

During the prescription drug rehab process, you will be supported through an individualised medication regime. Depending on the length and severity of your dependence, a tailored regime to slowly and safely reduce the dependence until you are either completely drug free or find an alternative, non-addictive medication. The team of doctors are experts in the field of addiction and ensure that you are detoxed with maximum comfort.

During the medication reduction our fantastic team of therapists are on hand to give you emotional and psychological support to ensure you receive first class treatment. The team of rehab professionals at The Providence Projects are kind, experienced and highly skilled. As part of the prescription drug rehab therapy you will explore the issues that led to the prescription drug use, how your use escalated and how you came to rehab.

Prescription drug rehab at The Providence Projects can vary in length depending on your dependency and requirements. Programmes mostly range from 4 weeks up to 12 weeks. Our counsellors are always available to discuss your individual requirements and we offer a free telephone assessment and consultation service.






Drug Detox (if required)


Rehabilitation & Aftercare


On the day of arrival at our rehab facility, you will be welcomed by our incredible team of addiction counsellors and medical specialists who will undergo an assessment of your condition and use of prescription medication. Our in-house GP may require you to undergo a medical detox.

Detox is the first step in your recovery journey. It is the beginning of the rest of your life free from dependence. Throughout the prescription drug detox and treatment process here, your safety and comfort are our main priority. We offer a medically managed, fully supervised detox, in a safe and supportive environment, away from the chaos and environmental triggers associated with your prescription drug addiction.

Rehabilitation Programme

Our rehab programmes are designed to help you explore the underlying psychological and emotional issues which motivated your addiction, and to ensure you stand the best chance of maintaining a successful, long-term recovery when you leave treatment. We have a team of highly experienced counsellors to help you get to the root causes of your illness, identify the patterns in your addictive behaviours, and to understand the triggers that could lead to potential relapse in future.

Benefits of our residential programme also include:

  • Safe and supported environment
  • Medical detox with 24/7 medical supervision
  • Explore the root causes of your addiction
  • Supervision by an experienced team of medical doctors and therapists
  • Aftercare provisions
  • Relapse prevention
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counselling.

Rehab Programme

Why Choose Us?

The Providence Projects, established in 1996, is the leading affordable private rehab in the UK. The multi disciplinary team including doctors, addiction therapists, counsellors, recovery workers, alternative therapists, fitness instructors and support workers combine to ensure you have fantastic and life changing experience.

Here are just a few reasons why you should trust us:

  • Experienced addiction specialists
  • We have a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • We have hundreds of positive Google reviews from real clients
  • We can collect you from your home and bring you to our drug treatment centre safely
  • You can recover from prescription drug addiction in a safe, secure environment by the sea
  • Personalised treatment plans built around you as an individual
  • Aftercare & family support
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment (To treat both addiction & mental health problems)
  • Optional extras including extended rehab programmes and sober coaching services

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This content has been verified by Paul Spanjar, a leading addiction expert and CEO of the Providence Projects

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Prescription Drug Rehab FAQ

How Long does a Prescription Drug Detox Last?

The tapering process may take 7-14 days depending on the severity of your dependence. During this process you will be monitored by our in-house GP.

Which Prescription Drug Addictions do you treat?

Typically we see admissions for benzodiazepine and opiate addictions. However we can treat other forms of dependence such as sleeping pills and stimulants (ADHD medication).

How long should I attend rehab for prescription drug dependence?

We offer a minimum 28-day treatment programme for substance dependence. You can choose to stay longer for a fixed cost per week. Some clients choose to stay longer to work on their recovery before returning to normal day-to-day life.

Is a prescription drug detox dangerous?

Under the care of our in-house doctors, a prescription drug detox is relatively safe. If they believe you may be at risk from severe withdrawal symptoms, they will provide medication to help alleviate some of those symptoms.

What causes prescription drug addiction?

There are many causes of prescription drug addiction and this is a particularly complex issue.

Opioid addiction can start as a result of an injury, accident or chronic pain issue. The medication is initially used to help manage the pain before addiction can develop. Once in addiction, the individual will take more for the same effect, more than they require or become dependent on the medication.

Anxiety is now one of the most common reasons in the UK that people visit their GP. Benzodiazepines including diazepam are often used to help manage anxiety. Unfortunately, over time, the individual’s tolerance increases, and the medication does not address the underlying issues. Therefore, more medication is required for the same effect. This often leads to addiction.

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