Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are widespread problems, with millions of Americans suffering from the devastating effects of these behavioral diseases. Unfortunately, very few people seek professional help. In 2013, less than 1 percent of those impacted by addiction received medical treatment for their substance abuse. Equally alarming, is that some individuals attempt to handle the problem on their own, abruptly stopping the drinking or drug use. But this cold turkey approach can be deadly. Instead, for residents in the area dealing with addiction and substance abuse, medication management in Baltimore may be the best path to recovery.

The Dangers of Going “Cold Turkey”

A person’s dependence on alcohol, opioids, and many other drugs is both mental and physical. With repeated use, the brain’s behavior changes over time. This impacts the body’s chemical messages, called neurotransmitters. These changes can have a detrimental effect on things like sleep habits, motivation, pleasure sensations, and the central nervous system. When the body is abruptly deprived of the drug it has become dependent upon for these feelings and functions, there may be dire consequences.

Some potential health hazards include the following.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Seizures
  • Pain
  • Tremors
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Death

Dealing with these serious symptoms without medical supervision can be dangerous. For the least severe cases, the individual may simply give in and turn back to the addictive substance. In more extreme instances, injury or death may occur. These dangers spotlight the need for medical intervention and supervision.

How Medication Management in Baltimore can Help

There are established prescription medications that help people with their recovery from alcohol, opioids, and other drugs. These medications can lessen cravings for the addictive substance while helping the brain return to its normal functioning. This approach is called medication management. This supports the efforts of a person with an addiction who is trying to stop using drugs or alcohol.

Medications can help minimize the severe effects of withdrawal, giving the brain and body time to wean itself from physical and mental dependence. Accompanied with behavioral counseling and medical supervision, medication management has been a successful approach to substance abuse recovery and often successfully prevents relapse.

Seeking Recovery with The Bergand Group

The Bergand Group provides medication management in Baltimore for those individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Physicians, therapists, and patients work together as a team to design a treatment program that is best suited to that individual’s recovery journey. Contact The Bergand Group to get help now.

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.