If you have a drug or alcohol addiction, you may consider quitting “cold turkey.” There are a few reasons why this is dangerous and there are better alternatives that address the physical, mental and emotional roots of your substance abuse addiction. The Bergand Group offers medication management Baltimore County residents trust.

Why Quitting Cold Turkey Is Dangerous?

When you stop using a substance your body has become dependent on, the withdrawal symptoms can be severe, even life-threatening. You are also far more likely to relapse to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

For example, opioids bind to opioid receptors in your brain. When you habitually use opioids, the brain stops producing natural chemical messengers. If you stop using the drug, cravings set in. You will likely also become nauseous and suffer other symptoms of withdrawal — some of which may threaten your life.

Often, a medically assisted detox program helps wean your body slowly off the drugs. This minimizes cravings so that you can concentrate on your recovery plan.

Medication Management for Substance Abuse Treatment

Medication management Baltimore County clients rely on plays a crucial role in overcoming a substance abuse addiction.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) states that medication management can improve treatment outcomes. However, this is just one component of a robust recovery program, such as the one at Bergand, which includes counseling, therapies, and support.

Learn about the different medications used to treat alcohol and drug abuse.

Medications Used to Wean People off Drugs and Alcohol

Medical professionals use methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone to help wean clients off opiates. For example, methadone is a long-acting opioid used to replace shorter-acting, more intense opioids like heroin. Over time, the amount dispensed dwindles to wean your body off opioids entirely. This decreases the cravings and withdrawal sickness that jeopardize your recovery.

Medications used for alcohol detox include disulfiram (Antabuse), acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone. Although the medications work inside the body in different ways, they serve the same purpose as medication used to treat opioid addiction — relapse prevention and health preservation. For example, naltrexone blocks the pleasant feeling of getting drunk, which reduces the cravings that can cause you to relapse.

Contact the Bergand Group regarding medication management Baltimore County residents can take advantage of for a successful outcome. We offer drug and alcohol addiction treatment, including family, individual and group therapy. Contact us today for more information.

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.