Prescription Drug Withdrawal at Seasons Bali

Withdrawal from prescription drugs is very specific for each drug. The withdrawal symptoms may vary in severity and duration depending on the client and the substance used. Usually these are both psychologically uncomfortable and physically unpleasant.

Accurate assessment by our capable medical team determines if our clients require a medicated period of detoxification. This will depend on the individual’s circumstances and symptoms are always closely monitored by our skilled clinical and medical staff and treated accordingly.

Our team are highly experienced in providing safe and effective prescription drug detox programs. They aim to keep clients as comfortable and supported as possible so they can participate in the program

Evidence Based Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment at Seasons Bali

The Seasons Bali program is internationally acclaimed and our staff are experienced in treating people addicted to prescription drugs. We recommend that clients, especially those with a long withdrawal period, stay in residential treatment for the full 90 days. However, we also run the program for 28 days and 60 days.

At every stage of the process, clients are monitored, evaluated and their successes acknowledged. This really helps our staff to respond to what is going on for the clients and helps to instil an ever growing sense of self-esteem and a new found confidence.

The Primary Program is fully supervised 24 hours a day by a team of professional staff who want nothing more than to assist clients in their treatment goals. All of our case managers are in recovery creating a nurturing environment where real transformation is not only possible but tangible. They are great examples to clients entering our program who have given up hope that things can ever change.

Seasons Bali provides the ideal environment to work through a program of recovery from prescription drug addiction. This is further supported by our beautiful facility which provides a high level of comfort. All your housekeeping needs are taken care of by our domestic team and delicious healthy meals are served daily by our chef.

Our location in Chiang Mai offers both tranquillity and endless opportunities for exciting weekend excursions. Seasons Bali is the best place in the world to start a new way of life, free from prescription drug addiction.

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What are Prescription Drugs?

There are a whole assortment of frequently abused prescription drugs and these are often called by different brand names from country to country. Prescription drugs which tend to be linked to addiction fall into four main categories.

  • Opioids used to treat pain such as codeine, morphine, OxyContin/Oxycodone and Tramadol.
  • Central nervous system depressants, such as benzodiazepines -Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, Normison, Temazepam used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.
  • Stimulants, such as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine – Adderall or methylphenidate – Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy.
  • Antipsychotics and mood stabilisers. Seroquel is the most prescribed antipsychotic medication and is used as a psychiatric medication to treat psychosis and/or stabilise moods in conditions such as bipolar disorder.

It is also important not to discount the addictive nature of some over the counter medications that are sold as study aids or for weight loss. These are also commonly abused and just because you can buy them over the counter or from suppliers on the internet does not mean that they are safe.

What are the Effects of Addiction to Prescription Drugs?

There are countless reasons why people become addicted to prescription medication and many people make the mistake of thinking that these mind and mood altering substances are safer than illegal drugs.

These substances are highly addictive and potentially dangerous. If you have a predisposition to addiction it does not matter if they are prescribed by the doctor, self-prescribed with the help of the internet or bought from a street corner.

Every addict’s path into addiction varies. This is a complex disease with many underlying layers which coupled together with trauma, abuse, depression and anxiety make it difficult to diagnose and treat without effective residential care.

Physical

  • Changes in the brain chemistry – short term
  • Changes in the structure and function of the brain – long term
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Cravings

Psychological

  • Triggers
  • Compulsion
  • Obsession
  • Lying to yourself/denial

Emotional

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Paranoia
  • Fear
  • Psychosis
  • Loneliness

Social

  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Lack of interest in work/school
  • Lack of interest and ability in maintain relationships/friendships
  • Damaged relationships with family members
  • Financial problems
  • Isolation
  • Lying to others

Spiritual

  • Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Lack of interest in life
  • Inability to function without the drug
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

Prescription Drug Withdrawal

Prescription medications are some of the most difficult substances to withdraw from because of their long half-lives and the way they are stored in the body.

Withdrawal can last for weeks or months depending on the severity and duration of the addiction. Prescription drug abuse and addiction are serious issues which require specialist treatment and reducing these mediations without medical supervision and direction should not be attempted.

The Two Stages of Withdrawal – Acute and Post-Acute

There are often two stages of withdrawal from prescription drug addiction. The first stage has immediate acute symptoms and these are usually both physical and psychological. During stage two, former users experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms or PAWS.

These refer to a number of psychological symptoms which can last for weeks or months after the user has stopped taking the drug. This is one of many reasons why residential treatment is the most effective way to treat prescription drug addiction.

Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Cravings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of motivation
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Anger or emotional outbursts