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Prescription Drug Addiction & Treatment

Prescription drugs like sleeping pills, tranquillisers, painkillers, and antidepressants are frequently prescribed for temporary relief from physical or mental discomfort.

These medications contain active ingredients that lower the activity in the brain and central nervous system, essentially making one less prone to external stimuli. However, prolonged use of these drugs, particularly benzos like Xanax and Oxazepam, as well as diazepam, may result in dependency issues.

Overcoming drug addiction with our personalised approach

Prolonged use increases tolerance which leads users needing more medication each time just to achieve their desired effects – potentially leading down an unfortunate path towards drug addiction without warning or preparation.

At Connection Mental Healthcare, our experienced and dedicated team is here to help individuals overcome their drug addiction.

We offer a personal approach that has proven successful in helping patients stop taking drugs safely and responsibly – so they can go on to lead full lives again! With the right support structure, it’s possible for anyone affected by this challenging issue to make positive progress towards an improved wellbeing.

Effects, symptoms and risks of prescription drug addiction

Prescription drug addiction can have a dangerous impact on one’s overall health, leading to an unresponsive calm and restful state.

Those affected may experience drowsiness with slack muscles, rendering normal stimuli no longer able to penetrate their consciousness for extended periods of time – making it difficult both falling asleep and staying there.

The physical and psychological effects of prescription drug addiction

An addiction to prescription drugs can cause a host of physical and psychological changes.

Those affected may experience extreme fatigue, an inability to function without the medication, diminished focus and concentration levels, numbed emotional states with no highs or lows felt; they also tend be left feeling irritable in the mornings along with withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop taking it which could include weight gain as well as difficulty enjoying sexual activity.

Short and long-term effects to watch out for

Prescription drug addiction poses risks that can manifest in a range of ways, from short-term effects like confusion and balance issues to long-term consequences such as depression.

Additionally, there may be changes in personality or physical dependency on the drug along with sleep disturbances and consistently restless behaviour. Prolonged use could even lead to accidents due to impaired concentration levels.

Are you struggling with prescription drug addiction?

If so, it’s important to understand that the severity of a dependency is determined by factors such as frequency and amount used. We know first-hand how difficult overcoming an addiction can be – which is why we are here for people who need help taking those crucial initial steps into recovery.

Without judgement or prejudice, our team at Connection Mental Healthcare offers empathy and experience in treating anyone affected by substance abuse issues.

Frequently asked questions about prescription drug addiction

Common medicines

Sleeping pills and tranquillisers, painkillers and antidepressants are common medications. In most cases, these drugs are prescribed by a doctor to temporarily relieve pain, stress, anxiety or sleep problems.

Medications cause reduced activity in the brain and central nervous system. This makes someone less sensitive to external stimuli. Due to the relaxing effect, a significant proportion of people who are prescribed medication use it longer than necessary.

There are many medicines that contain substances that are highly addictive. Tolerance can be built up in a very short time, making stopping independently impossible or hardly possible. Often more and more medication is needed for the same effect.


At Connection we regularly receive clients who are overly dependent on medicines, for example they are addicted to painkillers or sedatives. If you are taking more and more medication and you find yourself becoming dependent on it, seek help. We help our clients to stop drug addiction in a medically responsible and personal way.

We offer a wide range of treatments and have a team of specialists ready to help.

Common Addictions

Drug addiction is one of the most common addictions. If there is a period in which medicines have been used on a structural basis, then there is a good chance that someone has become mentally, and possibly also physically, dependent on medicines. A drug addiction can destroy a lot and it can have serious psychological and physical consequences.

Time to seek help

When there is structural use, you can no longer stop independently and the use leads to problems, it is time to seek help. The professional team of Connection is ready for you: 021 541 0643.

Stopping use

At Connection we offer professional help to get rid of a drug addiction. We help our clients to stop using in a medically responsible and committed way.

Short waiting times

We do not work with long waiting lists and are happy to make an appointment for an intake at short notice. Call 021 541 0643 now for help to kick the habit.

Long-term use

When there is a long period in which a lot of medicines have been used on a structural basis, there is a good chance that someone has become mentally dependent. Dependence can cause serious complaints.

Professional help

At Connection we offer professional help with drug addiction. We help our clients to stop taking their medicines in a medically responsible and committed manner. Thanks to our personal approach, our clients can return to life in a full way after the treatment.

Connection Mental Healthcare is a private rehab. Our rates vary depending on the length of treatment and on what kind of accommodation you prefer.

We offer shared room accommodation, and private room accommodation depending on availability. The minimum length of treatment is 28 days; however, 42 days is advised. Please contact us for more information and we will make sure that we respond to you within 24 hours.


If you register with Connection for help with a drug addiction, you have already taken the most important step. Because we understand addiction very well and have a lot of experience in treating it, we work with respect and without prejudice. Recovering from a drug addiction is indeed possible through treatment in our clinic.

Much experience

Depending on the addiction problem, we focus on getting the use under control, rehab and learning how to prevent a relapse. Our specialists have a lot of experience with addiction and understand what you need like no other. During the intake we map out your needs and degree of addiction. A tailor-made treatment plan is drawn up that you can use under the guidance of our professional staff.

Professional guidance

Drug addiction is a serious problem that requires professional guidance. You have to start your life again, but now without the substance you were addicted to. We can help you with this: call 021 541 0643 to arrange an intake.

How does it work?

The active substance contained in medicines is absorbed into the blood very quickly. This makes you sleepy, inhibits your fears or provides more energy.


Your body builds up a tolerance at a disastrous pace, so you will want to increase the dose within a short time. Within a few weeks you can already be dealing with a dependence and addiction to your medicines.

  • Drug Addiction Symptoms:
    Often extremely tired and lazy.
  • There is no energy left for daily activities.
  • They no longer think they can live or sleep without medication.
  • Lack of concentration and may come across as confused.
  • Emotions are flattened. There is no more sadness or pleasure.
  • Tolerance building; more and more drugs are needed for the same effect.
  • Often wake up irritable and with a hangover.
  • Weight gain.
  • Not in the mood for sex anymore.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you stop.

Drug addiction risks:

  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Balance disorders and loss of concentration
  • Gloom and depression
  • Sleeping problems
  • Nervous and irritable
  • Physical dependence
  • Accidents
  • Change in personality


Talk to the drug addict at a well-chosen time, so not when he or she has used. Bring up the drug use in a non-accusatory way. Ask how the addict prefers to be supported and make agreements for the future on the basis of this. Express your appreciation for what is going well.


Being close to someone who is addicted to drugs causes stress. You may feel guilty, angry, or very lonely. It is best to admit that it is no longer possible, that you are at the end of your strength. It is not easy to come to the conclusion that outside help is needed. Do you want a listening ear and are you curious about what Connection can do for you? Please contact us by telephone during working days on 021 541 0643.

Origin of addiction

Scientific research has shown that parts of the brain are involved in the development and further development of addiction, such as the reward centre, memory and the neocortex. Stopping a substance to which you are addicted is therefore not at all easy because your own brain cells are bothering you.


Moreover, long-term use of medication leads to a definitive change: there are fewer dopamine receptors and powerful memories are created. These changes make a person even more susceptible to addiction. With this knowledge you could call drug addiction a (mental) illness.

Hereditary or not?

According to studies, drug use in general appears to be hereditary. However, it does not necessarily mean that you will also become a user if one of your parents is or was an addict. Environmental conditions can reduce the effect of increased susceptibility.

Family disease

Addiction can be labelled as a ‘family disease’. An addiction does not only have effects on the addict himself, but also on the environment. That is why Connection also likes to have contact with the client’s social system during treatment. In this way we help family and friends to learn how to deal with the effects.

Family program

Find out more about our family program? Please contact us by telephone during working days on 021 541 0643. uses cookies to give you the best experience on our website. These first-party and third-party cookies enable important functionality to operate, help us monitor and improve how the website works and for marketing purposes. By clicking 'Accept All' you accept all cookies from this website.