Over The Counter Medication Addiction

Over the counter medication addiction (OTC) recovery from over the cough medicine, slimming tablets, motion sickness tablets and general diuretics. Specialised treatment programme built on long standing success in treating a broad variety of addiction cases related to over the counter drug abuse.

Facing & dealing with addiction is not an easy undertaking, however it is vital to your loved ones / your future wellbeing. Talk to a Recovery Direct counsellor today about OTC Addiction rehabilitation.



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Over the counter medications are as widely abused as they are available. Recovery Direct’s specialist multidisciplinary councillors are here to help you.

Understanding OTC Addiction
Buying over-the-counter (OTC) medication with no restrictions, doesn’t mean that these drugs can’t be deadly, when abused. While these drugs can be purchased in virtually any convenience store or shop without prescription, there is a common misconception that they are “safe” to use.
The most commonly abused OTC drug is DXM or “dextromethorphan” found in most cough, cold and flu medications. Other OTC medications include weight loss drugs such as laxatives, diuretics and diet pills. All of which can ultimately be fatal if abused.
Frequently Abused OTC Medications
Any inappropriate use outside of what is recommended is considered OTC drug abuse.

  • Motion sickness tablets (Dimenhydrinate)
  • Pain medication (Acetaminophen)
  • Cold medicine (Pseudoephedrine)
  • Cough medicine (DXM, or Dextromethorphan)

If someone you know is struggling with an over-the-counter drug problem, call us now for assistance today.

OTC Drug Addiction
Over-the-counter (OTC) drug addiction can also alter the patients brain chemistry over long periods of abuse. Users begin to build tolerance to the medications and require more to achieve the same or similar effects.

Withdrawal symptoms emerge when addicts stop using these medications. These symptoms differ from person to person but may include confusion, hostility, anxiety and mood changes.


Long-term recovery means, breaking the cycle, developing life skills to handle cravings, avoiding relapses and using the tools to a constructive path forward.


OTC Medication Abuse Treatment
People afflicted by OTC medication addictions have a number of treatments available to them. One on one counselling, group therapy, psychiatric counseling and other psychotherapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can all be effective in the treatment of over-the-counter medication addictions.

Treatment Methodology
Over the counter medication addiction treatment requires the assessment and management of all physical, emotional and psychological factors related to the addiction. Rooting out underlying causes and establishing the best ways to counter these for each patient. Read more abut the Recovery Direct treatment protocol here.
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