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Residential treatment and rehab for medication addiction

If you are struggling with prescription drug addiction, we can help. In an exclusive and empathetic environment, we offer comprehensive treatment programmes for prescription drug addiction. We can provide you with the tools needed to manage the symptoms and overcome the underlying root causes. We treat dependency to all medication types.

One Client at a Time

Unparalleled staff to patient ratio of 15:1

How do we treat prescription drug addiction

Four-week residential treatment

Seven-day executive detox

A day at Paracelsus Recovery


Prescription drug addiction treatment

Prescription drug abuse occurs when an individual relies on prescription medication to an excessive degree. Prescription drug dependency has become one of the most prolific substance abuse issues worldwide, yet it is much harder to spot because we don’t typically associate drug abuse with a prescription or over the counter medicine. If you think you may have developed a prescription drug addiction, help is available. At Paracelsus Recovery, our prescription drug addiction treatment provides the most exclusive, multidisciplinary and comprehensive programme available. Our approach to treatment is completely non-judgmental and pragmatic. We design a treatment programme based on your situation, realistic possibilities, targets, motivation and expectations. The exact treatment will depend on the specific medication or drug and the dosage, as well as other aspects such as personal history and what events lead to prescription drug abuse. We identify and address the issues and reasons underlying the addiction, not just the symptoms. Such underlying issues can be physical, medical, biochemical, psychological, social or spiritual. We aim to help you find a healthier, happier way of coping with life’s stressors.
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Medical Check-ups
& Treatments
Eye Movement Desensitisation
and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Interval Hypoxic
Hyperoxic Treatment
Probiotic Therapies
& Psychonutrition
Lifestyle &
Nutritional Counselling
& Bioresonance
& Acupuncture
Personal Training

Symptoms of prescription drug addiction

Symptoms of prescription drug addiction include (but are not limited to)

  • Excessive mood swings or hostility.
  • Disrupted sleep (too much or too little).
  • Poor decision making.
  • Requesting early refills or continually losing prescriptions so that your doctor needs to write more.
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, anxiety, insomnia, vomiting or muscle pain when you go without the medication.


If you have any of these symptoms and are taking more prescription medication than recommended by your doctor, you may have developed a dependency. If you continue to abuse these substances, they can grow unmanageable and could wreak havoc on your health, lifestyle, career and relationships. However, decades of research shows that detoxification, therapy and short-term medication to treat withdrawal symptoms can effectively curb prescription drug addiction.

Prescription drug addiction

Regardless of the drug, people can become susceptible to dependency when they are suffering and in pain. Both heroin and ibuprofen can be used as painkillers. However, the stigma of addiction is much more attached to illegal substances than prescription drugs, so the latter can often go unnoticed. There is also the hard truth that certain substances, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, are far more addictive than others. These drugs create a strong physical reaction within our body which can quickly sow the seeds for dependency.

The danger is that when we rely on an external substance to numb ourselves from our feelings and/or physical pain, it weakens the part of our brain that controls self-regulation. In its place, we become dependent on a substance to regulate our emotions, impulses and pain tolerance. A destructive cycle of addiction can quickly emerge because we become more and more dependent on an external substance to feel physically and emotionally pain-free.

Often, the only way to overcome this pattern is to undergo a medical detox to manage the physical withdrawal symptoms and to work with mental health professionals to manage the psychological withdrawal.

We treat every kind of prescription medication addiction





Pregabalin (Lyrica)


Benzodiazepines (Xanax)

Soporifics and tranquillizers (sleeping pills)


Paracelsus Recovery can provide prescription drug addiction treatment in Zurich and London. In Zurich, we provide prescription drug addiction treatment in an apartment at our treatment centre. In London, you can undergo treatment from the comfort of your own home, a hotel or an apartment.

At Paracelsus Recovery, the treatment will vary depending on the type of drug being abused and each individual’s unique set of needs. Upon arrival, we provide an in-depth medical and psychiatric assessment which will help us to determine the ideal treatment plan for you. When necessary, we can assist you in a medically safe and carefully planned detox from the substance of choice. During treatment, our functional medicine specialist provides biochemical and neurochemical restoration to nurture your physical health. To support your emotional health, we provide one-to-one therapy sessions catered to your needs as well as emotional support provided by their live-in therapist.

Symptoms of prescription drug addiction vary depending on whether it’s an opioid, a sedative or a stimulant and include increased anxiety, an increasing dosage needed for pain relief and flu-like symptoms when a dose is missed.

We accept clients for inpatient treatment for prescription drug addiction for a minimum of four weeks. An ideal duration is 8-12 weeks though it always depends on individual circumstances. We can sometimes implement a safe withdrawal within 1-2 weeks in our Executive Detox programs. We also recommend an aftercare programme following residential treatment and the duration of this will depend on each specific situation. We understand that for most individuals, taking so much time off for treatment is simply not an option so we will facilitate work schedules wherever possible and strive to create a treatment programme that works for you.

We tailor-make each treatment programme to suit the needs of each client. This means that the therapies and complementary therapies included will be dependent on your unique needs and expectations. In general, the treatment programme includes extensive one-to-one work with a core psychotherapeutic team consisting of a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and live-in therapist who will work around the clock to ensure your treatment is as effective as possible. We also provide biochemical restoration, massage therapy, yoga and nutrition counselling. If necessary, we will provide a medically safe detox from prescription drugs.

Meet the team responsible for drug addiction treatment