Prescription Medication Rehabilitation Centre


Unlike illicit drugs, prescription drug addiction commonly stems from legitimately trying to treat a pre-existing medical condition, rather than for recreational use. This however, does not mean that addiction to drugs prescribed by your GP is any less serious than addictions to illegal substances and alcohol. Although used to treat an ailment, they are still psychoactive substances and can be highly addictive.  

There is also unfortunately, a black market for some prescription drugs, which are often stolen or purchased online for their psychoactive effects. 

Whatever the source of addiction may be, we can help you or a loved one overcome it and live a fulfilling life. 

Some of the most common prescription substances people become addicted to are the most readily available, including:


●     Painkillers

●     Sleeping aids

●     Weight control pills

●     Antidepressants

●     Anti-anxiety medicines


Addiction to prescribed medications is often harder to identify in a friend or family member. Unlike illicit substances, having a cupboard full of medication obtained from a GP is much less likely to raise concerns than illegal substances or empty bottles of alcohol. However, the following can often be warning signs that a person has an addiction: 

●     Shopping online for prescribed medication

●     Frequent visits to the doctors

●     Defensive attitude when questioned about prescription medicine intake

●     Allowing personal appearance and hygiene to slip

●     Justifying use with complaints of different ailments


Detox and rehabilitation 

We can help you to overcome an addiction to prescribed medication through our rehabilitation programme. We will start with an initial, free consultation to assess your individual needs. We do this one a case-by-case basis, to identify the cause and triggers of the addiction, giving you the best chances of recovery. 

We will then help you to safely remove the substances from your system through our detoxification programme, our specialist team know the dangers and withdrawal symptoms of different prescription drugs and can help you to manage them effectively. 

Once the substance(s) have been safely removed, we will help you to rebuild your life through our rehabilitation programme, using the latest and most effective therapy techniques. This will help you to handle difficult emotional triggers, reducing the likelihood of relapsing.


About our treatment centre 

Our treatment centre in Bolton, Lancashire offers luxury, private accommodation with guaranteed discretion. We use an urban recovery model; rather than offering a large house in the countryside, our urban setting makes the transition from rehab back into everyday life much smoother, giving you the best chances of a full recovery.


If you or a loved one is ready to live their life addiction free, get in touch with our friendly team today and book your free initial consultation.


How does prescription medication cause addiction?

Many prescription medications can be addictive and act in a similar way to illicit substances, for example the street drug heroin is classed as an opiate - there are many opiate based medications such as Tramadol, Oxycontin, Xanax etc. Addiction to prescription medication can be formed in exactly the same ways as any other substance.

What does prescription medication addiction do to the body?

The type of prescription medication you are taking will determine the effects it has on the body. Different medications will give different effects and it depends whether the medication type is a depressant, stimulant, analgesic etc.

What does prescription medication addiction do to the brain?

Any substance that enters the body is mind and mood altering, this includes prescription medications.  

What are the symptoms of prescription medication addiction?

Signs and symptoms of prescription medication addiction can vary for each individual and can be both physical and/or psychological. Some common symptoms include - using more than prescribed, buying prescription medication illicitly, worrying about where your next lot of prescription medication is coming from, planning social, family and work events around prescription medication, using prescription medication when alone, finding you have a compulsive need to use prescription medication and finding it hard to stop once you start, taking prescription medication despite the known negative consequences, suffering from physical withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, shaking and nausea, which stop once you take prescription medication.

Can prescription medication addiction be treated?

Yes. Treatment  for prescription medication addiction at Acquiesce begins with a free  confidential consultation with a Recovery Practitioner in order to establish the individual needs and suitability for safe treatment with the service, this can be done either by phone call or by booking an appointment at the centre. Once the correct treatment pathway has been established all arrangements for a smooth and hassle free admission, including transportation would be made and agreed. In some cases a detox may be required in order to safely and comfortably remove the prescription medication from the body. Acquiesce  then provides a safe and therapeutic environment which is conducive to the recovery from prescription medication addiction. A combination programme of evidence based therapies are then delivered by a team of experienced professionals. The therapies address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of cocaine addiction. The programme also utilises holistic therapies, social activities and regular gym and exercise. Individuals will learn to understand their addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery. Upon completion of rehab treatment individuals will have a personal and comprehensive relapse prevention plan and on-going support and aftercare that is provided as standard.