Mind-altering substances interfere with normal brain function and eventually lead to changes in structure and chemistry of the brain, as well as dependence. Opioids bind to receptors in the brain, blocking pain sensations while boosting levels of neurotransmitters that are responsible for feelings of pleasure, motivation, and movement. Eventually, the brain stops producing the natural chemical messengers the way it used to and physical dependence begins. The person will now suffer from withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings when the drug processes out of the body. This is where a medication management program is necessary. If you need medication management in Baltimore, the Bergand Group offers two medication management treatment options.
How You Can Safely Wean off Addictive Substances
When a person is dependent on alcohol, benzodiazepines, or opioids, it’s never recommended to suddenly stop taking the substance or go “cold turkey.” Instead, a medical detox program is the best way to safely rid the brain and body of the substance. During the medical detox, medications are administered to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms and minimize cravings. Medication management is also used with other programs such as group, individual, and family therapy. It’s a great way to achieve sustained recovery. First, the person will be assessed by trained individuals to determine the severity of their addiction. Then the patient, physician, and therapists will decide which combinations of treatment methods will work best. FDA approved medication such as Vivitrol or Suboxone will be dispensed by trained providers and evaluated regularly. Each individual is different so the amount of time spent in this program will differ according to physical, environmental, and emotional factors.
Looking for Medication Management in Baltimore?
The Bergand Group is the most experienced and trusted alcohol and drug treatment center in Maryland. Our goal is to treat clients in the most humane and ethical way while helping them achieve a level of personal development through both 12 step and clinical programs. Aside from medication management, our services include outpatient detox, individual therapy, DUI and DWI educational and aftercare programs, group therapy, general and addiction psychiatry, and psychoeducational programs. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment today, contact us.