Prescription medication dependence is a common consequence of being prescribed highly addictive medication for a long time.
Prescription medication dependence is a medical condition which can happen to anyone.
It is possible to become dependent on opioid or benzodiazepine medications without realising it. This is a common consequence of using these medications for longer periods of time and doesn’t say anything negative about a person’s character or moral fibre.
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 call DirectLine on 1800 888 236 if you are concerned about your medication use.
Further information and support is available on the following websites/hotlines:
+ SafeScript Pharmaceutical Helpline (24/7): 1800 737 233
Free and confidential advice, support and referral for people concerned about their use of medicines.
+ Reconnexion (9-5pm): 1300 273 266
Support for people experiencing anxiety disorders, depression and benzodiazepine dependency.
+ Family Drug Support (24/7): 1300 368 186
Family Drug Support provides non-judgmental, non-directive support and information for families and friends of drug and/or alcohol users across Australia.
Counselling Online is online text-based counselling for people concerned about alcohol and other drug use. The service is also available to people concerned about a family member, relative or friend.