Drug addiction has become increasingly common in recent years. Unfortunately, this dependence is often noticed relatively late. After all, medicines are prescribed for a specific reason and dependence can only develop over time.
In many countries worldwide, the use of medicines has increased significantly in recent years. As a result, we increasingly see that people have to deal with drug addiction. Painkillers, antidepressants, tranquilizers (such as benzodiazepines), opiates such as Tramadol and other medications are regularly prescribed by the GP. Some of these potentially addictive medications are even available from a pharmacy without a prescription.
Treatment of drug addiction
In case of drug addiction, it is important to seek professional help. Stopping suddenly can be dangerous. With help, you can ease any withdrawal symptoms and reduce the chance of a relapse. During a intake we will tell you more about which treatment programs there are (ambulant or clinical) what a treatment means and how we can help you.
Medicines can be addictive. These drugs are often not illegal, true, for example cocaine en heroin that are. But by exceeding the prescribed dosage of these drugs or by combining the drugs with alcohol and / or drugs they often have the same effects on the body and can therefore lead to abuse and dependence.
Drug addiction in the Netherlands
The magnitude and problem of drug addictions is often underestimated in the Netherlands. This is surprising, given that the number of people who take sleeping pills or sedatives every day is estimated at half a million.
The most commonly used drugs for sleep and mood disorders are the so-called benzodiazepines. These drugs are addictive to humans when used for long periods of time. It is therefore strongly recommended not to use these agents for longer than 6 weeks. Unfortunately, this advice is often ignored.