There are support services available for you – and the people you care about – if you are concerned about your prescription medication use. Prescription medication dependence is a medical condition, and like other health conditions such as diabetes or asthma, it does not discriminate. Here are some helplines to assist you:
For Victorians who have been affected by a friend or family member’s drug use, there is also information on finding support and treatment services in Victoria at The First Stop.
If you, a friend or family member live in the East and North East regions of Melbourne, you can also contact the Medication Support Service on 1800 931 101. The Medication Support Service is free and offers confidential counselling, family support, peer support groups and withdrawal services for people in the area.
Find a health professional
If you are concerned about your use of prescription medications, speak to your GP. While this may be an intimidating process, it is important to speak honestly with your doctor, pharmacist or health professional if you feel that you may be at risk of or experiencing prescription medication dependence.
A doctor will be able to assess if you may be dependent and what treatment options are available.
Treatment for prescription medication dependence must take into account the type of medication being used and each persons’ needs.
There are effective treatments for dependence, including reducing the medication with assistance and/or accessing counselling or medication-assisted treatment. Talk with your GP or health professional if you are concerned about your medication use.