One of the problems in treating drug addiction is that it is a hidden disorder.Addicts will often not admit to themselves that anything is amiss, so the first step in treating prescription drugs addiction is to persuade the individual to face the fact that he or she has a problem.Once this has been done the individual should consult their own GP to discuss obtaining treatment.
Treatment for prescription drug addiction involves a detoxification programme and counselling, both in groups and on a one to one basis.Treatment may take place in a specialist rehabilitation centre or in a secondary treatment or halfway house.Secondary care is usually provided after the individual has completed a period of primary care in a residential facility.
Prescription addiction can also be treated on an outpatient basis or by counselling services, which may be provided by the NHS or by private organisations.Generally, the first step for an addict is to visit his or her GP, however, many drug treatment centres do accept self-referrals, so for those who feel unable to speak to their doctor, services can be accessed directly.
The local drug treatment service will assess if the individual is suitable for treatment and if so, he or she will be assigned a key-worker who might be a doctor, a drugs worker or a nurse.The key-worker will arrange the treatment that the individual requires and will hold regular one-to-one sessions during the treatment programme.
There are also voluntary and private services, which offer outreach and harm reduction programmes, counselling services, structured day programmes and aftercare and housing support services.