Effective Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction at The Cabin Dubai

Clients who suffer from an addiction to prescription drugs are often hesitant to seek help because of the stigma of being labelled a drug addict. While some people abuse prescription drugs for recreational purposes, eventually becoming addicted, many begin by taking the drugs as prescribed medications and over time find they are unable to stop.

The most commonly abused medications are opioid (narcotic) based, used for pain, and benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.) prescribed for anxiety, stress and sleep disorders.  While it’s fairly common for a person with a prior history of substance abuse to become addicted to prescription medicines (partly due to their predisposition), many people with no history of drug or alcohol abuse can find themselves addicted to medications that they received from their physician.

Because medications are prescribed by your doctor, it may be difficult to determine if you are really abusing them or not.  The following are signs that your use of medications may be excessive:

  • You take more than advised.
  • You take the medication even when you don’t really need it.
  • You look forward to the next time you can take a dose.
  • You’re overly concerned about running out.
  • You hoard medicine and perhaps use different clinics or pharmacies to maintain your supply.
  • You hide or lie about how much or how often you take the medicine.
  • You find ways to get your doctor to continue or increase your prescription.

While a person who has become addicted to medications may have a different history than someone addicted to recreational drugs, the basic treatment is generally the same.  In fact, group counselling sessions do not differentiate based on the type of chemical each client is addicted to.  We find that no matter how someone becomes addicted, once they are, the similarities are more significant than the differences.

Why The Cabin is Dubai’s Top Choice for Rx Drug Rehabilitation

When clients seek treatment for prescription drug addiction with The Cabin Dubai, we may first require a medical screening and evaluation to determine if it’s safe to discontinue use, and if so, how rapidly the client can stop using.  Our staff psychiatrist can design a customised withdrawal plan that may be aggressive, but medically sound.   The Cabin uses a customised therapy programme based on abstinence goals and cognitive-behavioural techniques in the treatment of drug addiction.  Both individual and group counselling is recommended and treatment on an outpatient basis generally takes six to eight weeks.

Please note: if you prefer, we offer Telehealth services, allowing you to receive treatment from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

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