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John Gillen

By John Gillen - Last Updated: 22 February 2024

Clinically Reviewed on 20/11/2023 2:00 pm by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Prescription Drug Rehab

Many people visit rehab to overcome a prescription drug addiction; it is not just for people with alcohol or illegal drug addictions.

At Asana Lodge, we specialise in the treatment of prescription drug addiction through our tailored rehabilitation services.

People who abuse prescription medication suffer from common side effects and will go through the same process of detoxification and therapy as a person visiting rehab regarding any other type of substance abuse.

In rehab, you will be afforded 24-hour supervision as you overcome withdrawal symptoms and engage with our staff and therapists to strengthen your long-term recovery prospects.

Do I need Prescription Drug Rehab?

Sadly, prescription drug addiction is becoming increasingly common, and it can develop gradually and without someone even realising that they are becoming dependent on the substance until it is too late.

If you are addicted to a prescription drug, you will need to seek treatment at the earliest opportunity.

I take a look below at some of the telling signs of prescription drug addiction for better clarity.

#1 Changes In Behaviour

If you’re addicted to prescription drugs, you may become increasingly secretive about your medication use and isolate yourself from friends and family.

#2 Frequent Prescription Refill Requests

Do you frequently ask your doctor for early refills, or claim that medication has been lost or stolen? This may indicate an emerging prescription drug addiction.

#3 Knowingly Taking Higher Than The Prescribed Dose

If you intentionally take larger amounts of medication to achieve a stronger effect, this may suggest a growing dependency and potential addiction. Your body will develop a tolerance to the drug, and you will have to take larger quantities to have the desired effect.

#4 Withdrawal Symptoms

Experiencing withdrawal symptoms is a clear indication of physical addiction. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include (but are not limited to) nausea, sweating, restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, or flu-like symptoms.

If you miss doses and feel these symptomsthis doesn’t necessarily mean you’re addicted. Some medications require you to wean off of them, and you should do this under a doctors’ supervision to avoid these extensive withdrawals. However, if you’re hiding these symptoms and they’re a result of overusing the prescription, then this is an indication of addiction.

#5 Preoccupation With Running Out

Do you feel worried and anxious about how you are going to continue to obtain prescription drugs? This may mean spending excessive time researching, visiting multiple doctors (known as doctor shopping), or engaging in illegal activities to maintain a steady supply of prescription medication.

#6 Using Medication Without Cause

If you find yourself taking medication to experience euphoria, relax, or escape from reality, this behaviour may be rooted in addiction since this is unlikely to be the intended use of your prescription.

If any of the above sounds familiar to you or you recognise this behaviour in family members or friends, they may need to visit a rehab centre or seek treatment in the community as they may have developed an addiction.

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How to Access Prescription Drug Rehab Services

If you have symptoms of prescription drug addiction you should try to access treatment as soon as possible before your addiction worsens. Two primary treatment options available for individuals seeking help are inpatient and outpatient programmes.

If you have a deep-rooted addiction, prescription drug rehabilitation as a live-in patient at a rehab centre would be the recommended option. If you are in the early stages of addiction, an outpatient program may be more suitable as these are less intensive and do not require you to leave home for a period of time.

If you wish to stay in a rehab to overcome your addiction in a registered rehab centre such as Asana lodge you can simply call our administration team to discuss available dates to start a treatment programme.

If you want to explore outpatient programmes, you can speak with your GP or also seek support through community groups such as Narcotics Anonymous.

We understand it can be challenging to speak with your GP if they have been prescribing you drugs and you feel you have now grown a dependency to them. You can also use services such as Frank to identify local resources that provide outpatient services in your local area.

Below, we will outline the difference between visiting a rehab as an inpatient and starting rehabilitation as an outpatient for prescription drug addictions.

In-Patient Treatment For Prescription Drug Addiction

Inpatient treatment, also known as residential treatment or Residential Rehab, involves staying at a specialised clinic that is dedicated to addiction recovery, which is what we offer here at Asana Lodge.

This intensive and highly structured approach offers round-the-clock care, guidance and support, providing a controlled and therapeutic environment for people who require professional help for addiction to prescription drugs and want to focus solely on their recovery.

Along with the support and guidance from medical professionals, our inpatient rehab for prescription drugs offers a supportive community, with people who are also on their recovery journey.

We believe that this sense of togetherness and shared experiences can significantly enhance motivation, accountability, and a sense of belonging when in recovery, which is why we also offer comprehensive aftercare programmes for our patients once their programmes come to an end, free of charge.

You can view our facilities below to see what it looks like inside a luxury rehab centre.

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Out-Patient Treatment For Prescription Drug Addiction

On the other hand, there is out-patient rehab, this level of treatment allows individuals to live at home while attending scheduled treatment sessions.

This option provides a level of flexibility, allowing those with an addiction to prescription drugs to continue managing their daily responsibilities such as work, school, or caring for their families.

However, the efficacy of outpatient treatment is heavily reliant on how severe the addiction is. This is due to the fact that relapse is much more probable when you stay in the same environment that your addiction was able to thrive in.

We understand that the inpatient route isn’t always an option for everybody and it isn’t always the completely necessary option either, it is therefore important to understand what your options are as an outpatient.

If you have an addiction that isn’t severe enough that you feel that inpatient rehab is for you, outpatient rehab could be the answer. This would include you going to get treatment on a schedule agreed by you and your rehab provider.

This might include going through an outpatient detox, and then receiving therapy. However it is important that you have a good support system in place to ensure you attend these outpatient therapy sessions that are scheduled.

It is subjective to each and every individual to what rehab is going to be most effective for them, you can talk to us today and we can help you understand what is the best fit for you and how you can get started with getting the help you need and deserve.


Residential Rehab Process

At Asana Lodge, we understand that seeking help for prescription drug misuse is a significant step towards achieving long-term recovery, and the prospect can seem intimidating so here is what you can expect during your time at prescription drug rehab with us here at Asana Lodge.

Regulated by the CQC, our residential prescription drug rehab programme provides a compassionate, peaceful and supportive environment where we tailor the treatment to your individual needs, regardless of the severity or history of your addiction.

Our primary focus is addressing the underlying reasons behind drug addiction and prescription drug abuse so that once you’re recovered, you can stay that way.

To accomplish this, our experienced addiction recovery team conducts thorough clinical assessments to understand your addiction history, substance abuse patterns, and mental health prior, during and post rehab.

With this comprehensive understanding, we create a personalised rehab treatment programme specifically designed for you within our residential facility which adheres to this following structure.

Step 1: Admission & Assessment

The first step of recovery when you’re addicted to prescription drugs is the admissions process.

This typically begins with you or somebody else conducting a referral, either a self-referral or a peer referral, which will help you get in touch with us here at Asana. During this time, you’ll be able to talk to us about your addiction and this is when we will get to understand the best treatment route for you.

We’ll talk about the severity of the addiction to prescription drugs and talk to you about how long you may stay, where you may stay and the level of treatment you’ll require for long-term recovery.

Once you are happy with all the details, we will go ahead and set an admission date, and you will visit our prescription drug rehab for a set period of time.

Step 2: Detoxification

Once you’re set for prescription drug addiction treatment, where necessary, you will need to undergo a medically assisted detox

For some prescription drugs, this can be intense and is best treated under safe medical supervision. You’ll also receive medication for addiction withdrawals to better manage the intensity of the symptoms.

A detox clinic is the safest place to undergo a detox, it can be extremely challenging so this stage will be where the physical and mental withdrawals will be and we will help you get through them.

Our prescription drug rehab has a range of specialists available through he detox period who will help you through the process, including:

  • Onsite GPS
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Addiction Nurses
  • Mental Health Support Workers

Step 3: Therapy And Rehabilitation

Once you’ve completed your detox, you’re physically free from prescription drugs, meaning you’re able to get the help you need on the psychological side of your addiction.

So what does this look like?

Each day you will take part in a range of therapies that are proven to treat addiction effectively. We have top of the range facilities that include treatments that include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Group therapy sessions
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Satori therapy
  • Reflections & hope group therapy
  • Stress management
  • Relapse prevention sessions
  • Family therapy
  • Mediation therapy for disputes
  • NLP
  • Trauma and abuse counselling
  • Meditation and mindfulness sessions
  • Art therapy workshops
  • Relaxation and sleep management

These are all combined in a tailor-made treatment plan to ensure you can beat your prescription drug addiction for the long haul. At Asana Lodge, we also prioritise equipping you with effective coping strategies and relapse prevention techniques to prepare our patients for life after treatment.

Our relapse prevention therapy will empower you to overcome your reliance on prescription drugs and discover new ways to maintain your progress.

Step 4: Aftercare

The final step is aftercare. This is something that we offer to all of our in-patients that have completed a stay with us in order to ensure the potential of relapse is down to a minimum.

Our aftercare programme runs for a whole year after you leave rehab, you’ll be asked to join our sessions once a week, while also being encouraged to attend other outside rehabilitation resources like AA or NA.

These comprehensive aftercare programmes will provide you with ongoing support from our team, and access to guidance and resources to help you maintain your sobriety and prevent relapse. You will also be able to continue attending support group meetings held at our facility whenever you wish.

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Our aftercare programme runs for a whole year after you leave rehab, you’ll be asked to join our sessions once a week, while also being encouraged to attend other outside rehabilitation resources like AA or NA.

These comprehensive aftercare programmes will provide you with ongoing support from our team, and access to guidance and resources to help you maintain your sobriety and prevent relapse. You will also be able to continue attending support group meetings held at our facility whenever you wish.

Recover at Prescription Drugs Rehab Today

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.

Treating a prescription drug addiction can be complex, yet, through specialist prescription drug rehab here at Asana Lodge, you can recover just like all of our past in-patients too.

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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You’ll be able to explore our lobby, common areas, bedrooms, therapy rooms and much more from the comfort of your own home.

We hope that this tour will give you a better sense of what Asana Lodge is all about and help you to make the decision to stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you in person soon – start your recovery today!

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How Much Does Private Prescription Drugs Rehab Cost?

Prescription drug rehab prices vary depending on location, facilities and length of stay however the biggest factor is length of stay. The length of stay can vary from a 7-night stay to 28-night stay or more, and you can expect to pay from £4,000 - £6,000+ for a 7-night stay in a high end residential facility.

Is Prescription Drug Addiction Common?

In short yes, prescription drug addictions are sadly, incredibly common so there is no need to feel alone in the fight. Prescription drugs like opiates, opioids and benzodiazepines are commonly used and are easy to get hooked on pretty fast, these prescription drugs in particular can overproduce pleasure-enhancing chemicals such as GABA and dopamine making the high incredibly intense.

What types of prescription drugs are commonly abused and may require rehabilitation?

Commonly abused prescription drugs include opioids (like oxycodone and fentanyl), benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and Valium), and stimulants (like Adderall and Ritalin).

What are some signs that someone may need prescription drug rehab?

Signs indicating the need for prescription drug rehab may include escalating doses of medication beyond prescribed amounts, preoccupation with obtaining and using drugs, neglecting responsibilities, experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug, and unsuccessful attempts to quit on their own.


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. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 20/11/2023 2:00 pm

Dr. Otulana is a highly skilled General Practitioner and Addiction Specialist. He possesses extensive expertise in the field of Substance Misuse Management and boasts a diverse background in evaluating, overseeing (including detox procedures), and overseeing the residential recovery of individuals grappling with various drug and substance addiction issues. His primary goal is to conduct thorough assessments of patients dealing with addiction issues and determine their medical detoxification and psychological treatment requirements. Dr. Otulana is well-versed in caring for patients who need dual drug and alcohol detoxification therapies.

In addition to his medical qualifications, Dr. Otulana is a proficient healthcare professional who holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the prestigious Cambridge University Judge Business School.

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