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Prescription Sedative Addiction Treatment

Sedatives are drugs that are prescribed to help people with anxiety and insomnia as a treatment; these powerful drugs are designed to reduce feelings of stress and allow patients to return to a state of calm.

Prescription sedatives and tranquillisers are central nervous system depressants and should not be taken without the guidance of a medical doctor. These drugs are extremely powerful, and depending on the sedative, some carry a higher potential risk of overdose and addiction.

Popular forms of prescribed sedatives include:

  • Alprazolam
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Diazepam
  • Lorazepam
  • Triazolam
  • Eszopiclone
  • Zaleplon
  • Zolpidem

Prescribed sedatives are not meant to put you in a transient state, but they can if taken in higher dosages. If a patient uses a sedative and tranquilliser over the prescribed limit, you will see physical signs of the misuse, which may include:

  • Disorientation
  • Depression
  • Slurred speech
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dizziness or Lightheadedness
  • Slurred speech
  • Concentration issues
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Abnormal coordination
  • Memory impairment
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Slowed breathing
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Disturbing dreams
  • Paranoia
  • Mild euphoria

Due to the nature of these drugs, and their addictive qualities, those who misuse prescription sedatives or tranquillisers for a long time or in large amounts are more likely to experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These uncomfortable feelings encourage dependence on the drug, which can lead to daily use and abuse.

Seek out help for Prescription Sedatives

Once a person has become dependent upon sedatives, they will experience painful withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop using them. Depending on the individual, the timeline may vary from a few hours to up to ten days before withdrawal symptoms kick in and can drive a person back into a pattern of sedative abuse.

This is why it is crucial for a person to receive treatment to successfully break the cycle of addiction, which could involve several steps, including:

  • Supervised withdrawal
  • Medical supervision
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

If you’re beginning to feel that your use of sedatives is starting to take a toll on your mental and physical well-being, or you have begun to spiral into a cycle of addiction.

It may be time to seek professional help.

Addiction Treatment

Treating your prescription sedative addiction

When an individual misuses prescription sedatives or tranquillisers, they are very likely to become physically dependent, it becomes a lifestyle, a habit, and they feel they cannot function without the drug to attain any feeling of normalcy or pleasure.

Addiction to prescription sedatives can be a serious and complex issue to treat, but it is not a position from which an addict cannot recover. It’s important to remember that treatment for addiction to prescription sedatives is a process that takes time and commitment.

It begins by accepting you have a problem and require help, then taking positive steps to address it.

Medical supervision is an option as part of in-patient rehab and is the first step for most addicts. If the addict’s sedative withdrawal symptoms are intense, it can encourage relapse, which is why they need supervision and support.

The withdrawal process can be uncomfortable, but once the habit is broken, addicts are left feeling better as cravings begin to subside.

The reduction in craving intensity, along with a comprehensive 12 Step rehabilitation programme, forms the base of recovery. In addition, our team of counsellors will care for your overall mental health and identify the root cause of your addiction, and tackle it.

During rehabilitation, you will also be provided with various tools to help you achieve long-term sobriety so that once you’re back home, you have the mental clarity and recovery information to avoid relapsing.

Post-treatment for prescription sedative addiction

Once you are discharged from our facility, if you wish, you can continue treatment. We are open to providing additional post-treatment support. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who take advantage of aftercare stand a better chance of avoiding a relapse.

So reach out to us after your stay should you require additional support.

Don’t let your addiction to sedatives rule your life. Take control today by getting in touch with us for professional help.

The pros and cons of prescription sedative rehab

Treatment options or rehabilitation programs for sedative addiction are similar to treatment programs and protocols for addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Depending on your mental dependence on sedatives, a recovery program will be tailored to you.

The advantages of seeking addiction treatment in a private rehab like ours are numerous. We are equipped with some of the top addiction counsellors in South Africa, with years of experience in helping those battling sedative addiction to achieve a full recovery in a safe environment.

Other benefits of getting your addiction treated in our facility include the following:

  • Quick admission
  • Medical supervision
  • Personalised treatment
  • Private care
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Safe and peaceful environments
  • High-quality facilities
  • Aftercare services

These benefits, along with tailored solutions for your specific case, are available to anyone seeking out private rehab treatment with The Cedars in South Africa.

Reach out to us today and start your journey towards recovery.

chemical addictions

  • CAT
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroine
  • Inhalants
  • Ketamine
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA/Ecstasy
  • Prescription Medication
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Prescription Stimulants
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Synthetic Cathinones

behavioural addictions

  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Gambling Disorder 
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction
  • Social Media Addiction

treatment phases & length

Primary Phase

This initial treatment phase forms the foundation of our highly effective addiction treatment program. Our primary treatment programme covered by medical aids is 21 days. The recommended treatment term at The Cedars is 90 days for the best possible outcome. True behavioural change takes time and practice, and it is our fervent belief that adhering to the recommended treatment term offers the client the best chance at sustained recovery. However, we have no rules about length of stay and our program is customized per individual. After abusing substances over a period of years, it can take the brain at least a month to return to the best possible cognitive functioning, where treatment efforts can be of maximum benefit.
After a physical health assessment, a customised medication assisted stabilization plan will be drawn up by our medical doctor and nurse to help clients abstain from substances safely and as comfortably as possible. The client begins one-on-one counselling, 12-Step treatment, group therapy and benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Clients will usually complete the first three steps of the 12-Step program in primary care.


  • Medication assisted stabilization and withdrawal management
  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion
    and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Introduction to 12-Step program and written Step work
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun sober recreational activities
  • Healthy meals prepared by our in-house chef, regular aerobic exercise and yoga classes offered by a personal trainer, excursions

Secondary Phase

In the secondary phase, clients undergo a deeper exploration into the root cause of the substance abuse and other compulsive, self-defeating behaviour. They work hand-in-hand with our expert team to work through the balance of the 12-Steps, using the steps to process the damage and unmanageability their behaviour and substance abuse have caused in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. They rely on their counsellors and the therapeutic community to identify their self-defeating behaviour and work towards change.
Clients are gradually given more responsibility in the community and given the opportunity to become role models and help the newer clients in their early process. Focus is put on discipline and routine, growth and responsibility, all to develop connection and self-worth. At the end of this phase, discharge planning and relapse prevention tools are explored, and short and long term goals are determined for when the client leaves treatment.


  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun, sober recreational activities

Tertiary Phase

During this final phase, our clients learn how to maintain their life in recovery, prevent relapse and reintegrate into society. Counsellors help the client prepare for a return to employment and family life. Important choices may need to be made that are most beneficial to sustaining long-term recovery. It’s also an opportunity for the client to take up a senior role in the therapeutic community, explore employment options and resolve any persisting behavioural addiction issues in the safest possible environment. Clients are given more freedom and responsibility and are able to work during the day and return in the afternoon.


  • Accommodation and meals
  • Weekly check-in groups
  • Check-in sessions with their counsellor, by appointment
  • Weekly 12 Step meetings

Addiction Treatment

post treatment support

When a client completes treatment, we are very sensitive to the fact that life in recovery is filled with challenges. At The Cedars, we have a number of structures in place to ensure the safest possible transition for clients from treatment and back into life.
We offer family workshops to educate families about the realities of addiction, and how to help their loved ones on their journey. We offer the client deep insight into the 12-Step fellowships, meetings and sponsorship – all vital to an ongoing recovery.
Our multi-disciplinary professionals are available to you when your loved one is ready to move into the next chapter. We are here to help you learn and grow throughout the process.

If you require post-treatment counselling, please click here