Lack of government-funded services means growing numbers have nowhere else to turn.
Thousands of people dependent on prescription drugs are desperately turning to online help groups and calling up charity helplines because of a lack of government-funded services.
A growing number of people struggling with addiction to painkillers, benzodiazepines and antidepressants are guiding each other through the process of withdrawal on Facebook groups and websites. They say they have nowhere else to turn.
The Guardian has also heard that people are resorting to calling up the Samaritans helpline, set up for those needing emotional support.