While it may seem counterintuitive to use prescription medication to treat drug addiction, medication therapy management is still a proven and important method when combating chemical dependency. Since drug addiction has many dimensions and disrupts many aspects of an individual’s body and brain, medication can be beneficial during different stages of addiction treatment.
At Tranquility Woods in Maryland, our team of medical professionals thoroughly assesses the history and current condition of a patient before any medication is used in treatment. While some medications can help with the effects of detox and others to reestablish normal brain function, others may be necessary to manage pain.
Yet these could potentially be addictive for the user. Medication therapy management helps administer, navigate and plan for the complexities of medication use during addiction recovery.
Medications for addiction recovery
Medication therapy management can contribute to addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery in many ways.
Medications for alcohol and drug withdrawal
In some cases, medications are used to comfort patients during detoxification or protracted withdrawal to assist with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dehydration, anxiety, restlessness, depression, and irritability. Detoxification from alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, and Valium) can be fatal, so not only do medications help manage these painful withdrawal symptoms, but can save the life of those going through detox.
Medications for co-occurring disorders
Once the detoxification process has ended, medications might also be necessary for long-term recovery. Often times, addiction is the result of self-medication where an addict uses alcohol or a drug to find relief from a mental health disorder they are struggling with.In this case, addicts require Dual Diagnosis treatment in order to address underlying or co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, PTSD, or personality disorders.It’s important that all individuals that enter rehab be screened by a professional in order to determine whether dual diagnosis is necessary. It’s imperative that any mental health disorders be treated alongside the addiction in order to reestablish normal brain function and prevent relapse.
When medications are necessary to treat other conditions
It is sometimes the case that an addict will require prescription medications to treat chronic pain issues. This can make it difficult for the addict to gain control over their addictive tendencies because they need to keep taking potentially addictive drugs and/or also cause them to seek out other forms of pain relief such as illicit drugs.In this case, ongoing medication therapy management can help by choosing medication that offers sufficient treatment for the pain condition, but will also monitor and control the usage. Other non-drug or holistic therapies may be beneficial to help manage their condition and help the person maintain recovery without relapsing or abusing treatment medications.
Comprehensive treatment for addiction
Addiction is a difficult and long recovery that must be made easier through the use of multiple treatment methods which together address all aspects of addiction and health. From medication therapy management and family counseling to meditation and massage therapy, addicts need the right environment to release their suffering and build up their ability to resist relapse.
Tranquility Woods in Maryland is a luxury rehab center that offers all this and more to ensure the successful addiction recovery. Call 410-885-6173 and speak with our helpful team today.