Addiction to prescription medication, Crawley West Sussex

Eleos counselling has had many years helping clients overcome addictions  in Crawley west Sussex . This may be prescribed painkillers or street drugs.

Exactly what is painkiller addiction/abuse?

Painkillers are prescribed treatment, often used as relief from symptoms of physical pain; these usually contain paracetamol, opiates or mixture of both. Although a good majority of painkillers, in the UK, are purchased over the counter this may be prescribed by GP. Although this medication is legal, it can, however, be abused, and in time, become addictive as any street drug such as cocaine, heroin, etc.

A person may take this medication either orally by swallowing, or by injecting into the muscle or vein; this is often dependent on the type of painkiller being used.

The way the painkillers is administrated had a marked effect on its effectivity, with intravenous injections being the quickest. There is a vast difference in the effect and speed in which various painkillers work. Painkillers containing opiates are usually short-acting but have more immediate effect on the person taking.

Someone who is abusing painkillers rapidly builds up a tolerance for the drugs they are taking, therefore more the drug is needed to get the same effect. Effectively, this reinforces a psychological dependency on taking painkillers.

Can I become addicted to painkillers?

when a person becomes addicted to anything either psychological or physiological, the addictive process is reinforced when more drugs are taken. Unfortunately, painkillers have a physiological effect on the user and thus dependency can occur. A person who is trying to withdraw from using painkillers may suffer muscle cramps, sweating, irritability a sense of confusion, when they withdraw from, the drug.

Warning signs of painkiller addiction.

  • Craving: an overpowering urge to use painkillers.
  • Increased tolerance-finding yourself needing more and more painkillers to achieve the desired effect.
  • Trying to stop taking painkillers but unable to do so.
  • Hiding your use of painkillers from family, or partner.
  • Having time off work, due to feeling unable to cope.
  • Like to GPs regarding your usage in order to get more painkillers prescribed.
  • Sexual problems: lack of libido, a disinterest in sex or physical affection




I started taking painkillers after I hurt my back in an accident at work. At first, they were just for the pain; then I started using them for the buzz they give me; it was like they would give me more energy. I would store up painkillers by going to GP and lying about the pain in my back. It was then I knew that I had to do something about it, that’s when I came to counselling

Tracey age 45

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