Prescription drug addiction has reached epidemic proportions globally in recent years. The types of medications most commonly abused are opioids (such as hydrocodone), benzodiazepines (such as Xanax) and stimulants (such as Adderall). This disturbing trend has led to a host of problems, including increased ER visits due to accidental overdoses.
Despite this growing concern, prescription medications are profusely over-prescribed. Because they’re given by a doctor, prescriptions are often seen as safe; many users don’t understand the seriousness of their side effects and addictive potential. And because they’re more socially acceptable, it’s possible to be a high-functioning prescription drug addict for a long period of time without even realising you have a problem. Those trying to get sober from prescription drugs also have a high incidence of relapse.
At The Dawn, we understand how challenging it can be to recover from prescription drug addiction. That’s why we’ve designed a comprehensive treatment programme that helps you safely detox and prepares you for long-term sobriety. And we’re here to support you through the entire process.
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The Dawn is Asia’s leading addiction rehab and mental health retreat that focuses on healing on all levels.
While the effects of each drug differ from one another, all prescription medications have a powerful effect on the brain. They produce their effects by working on your neurotransmitters, changing the way your brain works. This effect becomes more pronounced when you increase your dosage over time, which commonly happens as you begin to build tolerance.
Depressants like benzos can cause difficulty speaking or breathing, sleepiness at inappropriate times, confusion and impairment of motor skills. Opioids may cause you to feel extremely drowsy, nauseous, bloated and constipated. They also depress (and can even stop) your breathing, which is the main cause of overdose in opioid-related deaths. Stimulants like prescription amphetamines cause your heart to race and your body temperature to skyrocket. And the effects of all of these drugs become worse and more complicated when combined with other drugs or alcohol, which is often the case.
The Dawn stays on the cutting edge of addiction treatment, thanks to our highly qualified and experienced clinical team. Always up to date with the latest therapeutic developments, our team frequently attends international conferences on the most pressing mental health and addiction issues. We are fully licensed and constantly continue our education and training in order to provide you with the best treatment methods available.
In outpatient rehab (during which you remain at home while regularly attending counselling), you’re at greater risk for being exposed to negative influences and triggers. But in inpatient treatment, there are no distractions to deter you from your treatment pathway. The old habits and daily stresses that once drove your addiction are kept at a distance, while you have the space to work on yourself and lay the foundation for a life of sobriety.
Though different types of prescription drugs vary in their effects, your prescription drug addiction treatment plan will have the same basic components: detoxification, counselling and holistic wellness therapy.
A little change of scenery goes a long way when it comes to making new changes in your life. This is especially true when getting sober, as environment is a key factor in your addiction. Here at our residential rehab facility in beautiful Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, you’ll eat a nutritious, balanced diet that helps cleanse your system of toxins, meditate daily at our small temple overlooking the Ping River, and find the sense of calm that’s been evading you over the course of your addiction.
We believe in healing the whole person. You’ll receive intensive therapy, but meditation, relaxation, movement and recreational activities will all play an important role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: