Psychosocial therapy for prescription drug addiction involves group and individual counseling sessions where the root causes of the addiction are addressed. Working with an integrated treatment team of psychiatrists, psychologists, addiction counselors and social workers, the client forms a treatment plan for the future. For many people, individual and group counseling sessions represent the first time they have ever spoken openly about their addiction. Having the opportunity to talk to a trusted, caring professional or to share their concerns with peers moves them forward in previously unimaginable ways.
As a general rule, over-the-counter drugs (OTC) are used to treat a condition that does not need care from a healthcare professional if have been proven to meet higher safety standards for self-medication by patients. Often, a lower strength of a drug will be approved for OTC use, but higher strengths require a prescription to be obtained; a notable case is ibuprofen , which has been widely available as an OTC pain killer since the mid-1980s, but it is available by prescription in doses up to four times the OTC dose for severe pain that is not adequately controlled by the OTC strength.