PRESCRIPTION / OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG ADDICTION
Prescription drug addiction can take on two forms.
The first is when an individual may combine the prescription drugs with other types of drugs, for example, tranquilizers with cocaine or other illicit drugs, or combining prescription drugs with alcohol.
The other kind of addiction is when the prescription drug is the primary addiction and no other drugs/alcohol are involved. The individual can often be on sleeping tablets, anti-depressants etc. for many, many years.
Over the counter drugs can also become an addiction, particularly the opiates, which can be found in codeine based drugs.
These types of addictions can be very difficult to withdraw from and must always be supervised by a GP. The detoxification process can take some months and doses need to be reduced very gradually, however, like all addiction, it is the psychological and emotional withdrawal that is so complex. The individual may start to experience strong emotions and mood swings. This is all part of the withdrawal process, and will progressively get easier.
Life is about feeling, if there were no feelings or emotions or sensations, if there were no mood swings, if there was no elation or deflation then the individual is not living. What is life without the joys, as well as the catastrophes? The individual has to learn to cope with the very powerful feelings that are part of the human condition; these feelings may have been suppressed for many years due to prescription or over-the-counter drug addiction.
Recovery is about waking up and smelling the roses!! In recovery it is possible to learn how to deal with all the emotions that creates a human being. In the group there will be support and understanding from others, no matter what the addiction is. There will always be identification with other group members because the common bond that links all addictions is the desperate need to alter moods and take away feelings. Recovery is about freedom and living as a whole person.