Since an addiction nearly always requires one prescription or another to ease the experience of the patient, the individual often needs aid in medication management. Having a professional to help balance the drugs that are taken, even if they are for the person’s own good, can make a big difference in the transition from detox to sobriety.
Behavioral Therapy with Medication Management Makes a Difference
“Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.” That is why medication management is such a crucial piece of the recovery process, one that should be aided and monitored by professionals. A person who is in the early stages of recovery will be working through detoxification, which can be dangerous if left unobserved. That is, this part of the process should not be undertaken on one’s own out of the reach of doctors and counselors who can help if there are any issues.
Part of the difficulty of helping someone from substance abuse to sobriety is that everyone has a different experience, and therefore different difficulties. Doctors and other professionals have seen instances of most cases in their previous work, but that doesn’t lessen the significance of each patient that walks through their doors. Additionally, treatment typically has to happen quickly to minimize additional damage done, which means that specialists have to come up with a plan for the individual that is both functional and timely.
Depending on the substance to which the person was addicted, medication management will play a larger or smaller role; there are a number of things that prescriptions can be given for within the process of recovering from an addiction. Since withdrawal can be overwhelming to many and can even prove to be fatal if left to run its course, doctors are likely to prescribe something to lessen its impacts and to allow for a safer transition.
Another piece of this endeavor is to prevent instances of relapse in the future. Particularly medicines can actually reduce the influential effects of cravings and can aid in reestablishing the normal functioning of the person’s brain. Again, what they are given depends on the type of substance that they were dependent on, so professionals really need to have as much information as possible before making any choices on pills that could possibly worsen the condition of the patient.
More often than not, the person will require more than just medication to make it successfully through the treatment period into sobriety. Medication management is said to go hand in hand with behavioral therapy, so this is a logical step for someone in this situation. This type of therapy can “modify attitudes and behaviors related to drug use” and “increase healthy life skills,” both of which are benefits when working toward a more stable lifestyle after substance abuse.
There is no single solution to “easily” help a person to bounce back from a period of addiction. It is absolutely a process, and one which is made easier by the aid of professionals and the support of friends and family. To help figure out which type of treatment is right for you or your loved one, contact The Bergand Group if you or someone you care about is suffering from an addiction. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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