Effective counselling for prescription drug addiction & abuse at The Cabin Bangkok
Clients who suffer from an addiction to prescription drugs often are hesitant to seek help because of the stigma of being labeled 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 opiate (narcotic) based, used for pain, and benzodiazepines (such as valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc) prescribed for anxiety, stress and sleep disorders. While it is fairly common for a person with a prior history of substance abuse, to become addicted to 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, in good faith.
Because medications are prescribed by your physician, 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 and you are abusing them.
- You take more than advised.
- You take the medications, even when you do not really need them.
- You look forward to the next time you can take a dose.
- You are 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 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 and background than someone addicted to recreational drugs, the basic treatment is generally the same. In fact, group counselling sessions do not differentiate based on type of chemical addicted to. We find that no matter how one becomes addicted, once they are, the similarities are more significant than the differences.
Prescription Drug Addiction Counselling at The Cabin Bangkok
When clients seek counselling for prescription medication addiction with The Cabin, we may first require a medical screening and evaluation to determine if it is safe, and how rapidly the client can discontinue the drugs. 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 counselling of prescription drug addiction. Both individual and group counselling is recommended and is offered on an outpatient basis generally taking 6-8 weeks. Clients who may find the temptation to use too strong whilst receiving therapy in an outpatient setting, and require a secure environment, are recommended to consider The Cabin’s residential programme located in Chiang Mai.
Residential Rehab Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction at The Cabin Chiang Mai
The facilities at The Cabin Chiang Mai are set in a serene mountainside location surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Our rehabilitation centre combines clinical care from the West and friendly hospitality from the East to create a unique inpatient addiction rehab centre. The programme boasts a 96% programme completion rate. While we do focus on the physical and medical wellbeing of our clients, it is not our sole focus, and we also offer holistic exercises that will help get both the mind and the body of our clients healthy. The Cabin Chiang Mai offers a safe and discreet facility for Bangkok residents to start their new lives in recovery.