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John Gillen

By John Gillen - Last Updated: 12 December 2022

Clinically Reviewed on 30/09/2022 2:00 pm by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Prescription Drug Rehab

Prescription drug addictions are continually rising. As accessibility continues to ease, as free or cost-effective drugs increase in attractiveness, and as illegal drugs continue to carry high price points, more and more people are turning to painkillers and anti-depressants.

Scarily, even those who are physically well and don’t require a prescription are relying on medications to get by, to experience those highs. Down to the increase in demand, there’s also an increase in the need for prescription drug rehab programmes.

In addition, a significant link is associated between prescription drug misuse and mental health issues, staggering the figures of dual diagnosis cases which require rehabilitation.

Currently, you may feel like misusing prescription drugs is fine, that their harmless exterior will not materialise into an addiction. Yet, as we’ve witnessed here at Asana lodge, the reality is that prescription drugs are just as dangerous and just as addictive as the likes of cocaine. These drugs will also cause harm in the long-term if you continue to misuse prescription drugs.

Disable the connection you or a loved one has to medication by seriously considering prescription drug rehab via our treatment centre.


The Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

As we’ve touched on above, using prescription drugs as advised by a doctor is mostly harmless. This is commonly down to the trust we place in medical recommendations and professionals. Yet, it’s important to remember that all drugs, whether they are prescribed or illegal, can carry side effects.

Prescription drugs are safe when consumed correctly, following dosage recommendations and for the length of time advised. Prescription drugs are mostly dangerous if they are misused and consumed above the dosage recommendation or by somebody who doesn’t need them.

Although the exterior of medications may seem safe, prescription drugs can cause dangers if abused. Unfortunately, some prescription drugs such as opioids are naturally addictive, which is why you should not consume medication long-term. Other prescribed drugs which are less addictive can also influence addictive tendencies, especially once a tolerance develops.

The dangers of prescription drug abuse are that misuse of any drug can result in physical health problems, cognitive impairment, mental health issues, and further behavioural habits. Yet, the biggest concern is that most users will downplay consumption levels.

Users of prescription drugs will lack awareness of safe and unsafe doses. Through this, experiencing an overdose linked to prescription drug misuse is sadly common in today’s society; for both patients and for those purchasing prescriptions.

With this in mind, if you are misusing a personal prescription, or if you’re abusing someone else’s, it’s time to think about the risks of drug addiction. Completing a prescription drug rehab programme should be your next step, available here at Asana Lodge.


Common Prescription Drugs

A common problem with prescription drugs such as opiate painkillers is that a person will continue taking the drug, long after the benefit or need for them has worn off. Your brain associates the drug with relief, and a cycle of addiction can easily begin.

Prescription drugs that people become addicted to in general tend to be painkillers and sedatives often prescribed for depression and stress. Whilst these are commonly used medications; be aware a range of different drugs can also cause addiction.

Painkiller Addictions

  • Co-Codamol
  • Paracetamol
  • Tramadol
  • Fentanyl
  • Codeine
  • Vicodin

Sedative Addictions

  • Valium
  • Prozac
  • Seroxat
  • Brintellix
  • Sertraline

Although prescription drugs are commonly used, addiction can easily form. If you feel like you need treatment or are worried about a loved one, call our helpline on 01908489421 for advice and support.


The Necessity of a Prescription Drug Rehab Programme

No matter how minimal your consumption may be, if you are experiencing a physical and psychological addiction, completing a prescription drug rehab programme is a necessity. Unfortunately, some individuals struggle to overcome drug addiction, which eventually leads to a number of health problems and negative associations with addiction such as relationship breakdowns and behavioural changes.

Yet, if you’re hoping to disable your connection to prescription drugs, it’s time to act. Getting treatment at a rehab clinic which specialises in prescription drug recovery is the best way to overcome addiction. Private rehab clinics understand the complexities of addiction and the strain of prescription misuse on yourself, friends and family.

Many users will consume prescriptions correctly. Yet this can change easily if use is prolonged. Whether that’s down to a mental health issue or the fact that pain symptoms are subsidising, it is very important that the underlying reason behind the addiction is identified and worked through.

By attempting to withdraw from prescription drugs alone, your addictive tendencies will remain. Rehab is a necessity to activate both physical and psychological recovery, and the physical withdrawal during the initial detox process is a standard procedure to kickstart your recovery.

Yet, to ensure that psychological associations are suppressed, that mental health issues are worked on, and coping strategies are formed, a comprehensive rehab programme is the best way to overcome prescription drug addiction.


Residential Rehab Here at Asana Lodge

At Asana Lodge, you can actively complete a prescription drug rehab programme which aims to help you achieve long-term recovery. At our residential rehab clinic, we offer a unique approach to addiction recovery, no matter the severity or history of your addiction.

As outlined above, drug rehab is required to work on the underlying reasons behind drug addiction and the abuse of prescription drugs. We work on this through clinical assessments, where our addiction recovery team assess your addiction history, your substance abuse, and your mental health. From here, we can activate a personal rehab treatment programme for you, at our residential rehab.

Private rehab is best for addiction recovery due to the intense and structured approach we can follow. This is mandatory when looking to break down an unhealthy habit and restoring physical and psychological health.

At rehab, you will have the opportunity to overcome your prescription drug reliance by finding new coping strategies and new ways to live your life through relapse prevention therapy.

Addiction Treatment and Care

Through your own personal treatment programme here at Asana Lodge, you will have access to a range of our evidence-based addiction treatments. If you select to withdraw and rehabilitate from addiction, you will likely require a detoxification process once you arrive, followed by a range of therapy treatments which will help you withdraw from prescription drugs.

The detox will take around 5-10 days to overcome painkillers or other prescription drug addictions, during which you will be supported thoroughly.

You will also require psychological restoration and treatments through therapy and support groups. We also implement contemporary addiction treatment options such as art therapy and Satori chair therapy to help you heal both your body and mind.


Sustainable Recovery from Prescription Drug Addiction

If you feel ashamed, you’re worried about rehab, or you’re struggling to get your head around your prescription drug addiction, please be reassured that we are a compassionate team. We want to help you experience freedom from addiction, helping you to live a life free from drugs and sober.

By completing a prescription drug rehab programme, sustainable recovery can be a goal for you. To achieve this our expert medical team and recovery workers will help you along the way.

Treating a prescription drug addiction can be complex, especially due to the underlying reasons that the addiction may have developed. Yet, through specialist rehab, it is possible to help you disconnect from all drug types, including prescriptions.

Contact us today to start your recovery journey with Asana Lodge. You can also call us on 01908489421 or email a member of our admissions team on

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John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 24 August 2020

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 30/09/2022 2:00 pm

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures

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