Almost one in ten Americans are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Over time, their dependence has an effect on the brain’s structure and function, making recovery without professional supervision both unpleasant and potentially dangerous. But why does this happen, and how can medication management in Baltimore help those with substance addictions best recover and rehabilitate?
Chemical Imbalance: Balanced by Medication Management in Baltimore
Alcohol and drugs adversely affect chemicals produced in the brain, known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are produced naturally and act as chemical messengers within the body. Over time, however, constant stimulation of these from substances causes the brain’s natural production of neurotransmitters to reduce and even stop completely.
This leads to the phenomenon of cold turkey when an addicted person attempts to stop without a managed medication detox. Without drugs, and with a lower level than normal of their own produced neurotransmitters, they now find themselves with a host of worrying symptoms.
The Perils of Going “Cold Turkey”
“Cold Turkey” is the sudden cessation of drugs or alcohol without any medical intervention. As its name suggests, it can cause a range of unpleasant, even life-threatening symptoms. These include:
- Physical – Shivering, nausea, high heart rate, flu-like symptoms, lack of appetite, excessive sweating, fitting.
- Emotional – Anxiety, depression, cravings, paranoia, feelings of despair.
Fortunately, there are safe, effective, supervised ways of treating substance addiction without the unpleasant symptoms of “cold turkey.”
Ease the Pain of Recovery
Managed medication therapy is the optimal method for the safe weaning off dependence on alcohol or drugs. During a manged detox, a range of medications can be used to minimize unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and allow the safe processing of drugs. This leaves the recovering patient in the best possible position to embark on continued therapy to beat their addiction and return to a fulfilling life.
Medication Management in Baltimore
While a medication management program greatly helps to foster recovery, it works best as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling, therapies and ongoing support. The Bergand Group has decades of experience providing this combined approach as well as medication management in Baltimore. Get in touch today for more information on how to start a journey to recovery.
About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.