Personal stories – lived experiences

Personal stories

Prescription medication dependence is a medical condition which can happen to anyone. It is a common consequence of regular use of high-risk prescription medications such as opioid pain mediations or sedative medications (benzodiazepines).


If you are concerned about your medication use, you are not alone. There are effective treatments available and health professionals who can help you to get back to living the life you want. Visit our ‘Get Support’ page to find out more.

Rustie’s story

Rustie shares her story of recovery from over 32 years of dependence on opioid and benzodiazepine medications. 

Jessica’s story

Jessica shares her story of recovery from over-the-counter codeine dependence after wisdom tooth surgery.

Deniz’s story

Deniz shares her story of recovery from codeine dependence after the birth of her child.