Opiate Painkillers

Opiate-based over the counter medication is highly addictive and can become unsafe when misused. There are various opiate medicines including codeine, morphine, dihydrocodeine, methadone, buprenorphine and diamorphine (the medical term for heroin).

If you are experiencing dependency and are looking to make changeswe can work alongside your GP to prescribe you an opiate which can be medically reduced over a period of time. In some cases, it may be appropriate to prescribe a different opiate than the one you are currently using.

Get a Prescription

For information around opiates, we recommend Drug Wise and Know the Score, as places that can provide you with up-to-date, evidence-based and non-judgemental information.


Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are used for various medical reasons including treating insomnia or anxiety, and acting as a muscle relaxant. Benzos can be addictive. If they have not been prescribed to you they can cause harm.

If benzos are becoming a problem for you, we can provide 1-to-1 support. If you are buying them illicitly, we can work alongside your GP to get you a prescription which can be reduced over a period of time, helping you to reduce your use or stop using.

Access support

If you are after support to make your benzo use less harmful you can also attend POD Sessions. POD is our free, open-access and informal group workshop, where you can get practical advice to help you meet the goals you set.

Attend pod

The Bristol-based Battle Against Tranquilisers (BAT) can provide you with further support and information around benzos, 'Z' drugs, tranquilisers and sleeping pills. You can contact BAT on 0117 9663629 or [email protected].

For more information around benzos visit Drug Wise and Know the Score.


Mixing drugs and alcohol

Prescription drugs are very dangerous when mixing with alcohol and other drugs. Get in contact with us if you want to reduce the harm you could be causing yourself or want to find out how we can support you to take control of your use.

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Pain medication and clinics

If you are living with pain find out how your GP can support you by prescribing medication for pain relief or by referring you into a pain clinic in North Bristol or Central and South Bristol. Contact your GP for more information.

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