Individuals seeking to recover from a substance abuse problems may not consider the importance or value of medication asiisted treatment as part of their recovery plan. Addiction poses significant challenges, and chemical dependency can be among the most difficult. Alcohol and opioids can have devastating withdrawal symptoms. Users attempting to quit on their own inevitably relapse because once they experience these symptoms, they will feel the uncontrollable desire to use again to alleviate them. Addictions to prescription drugs are just as complicated, dangerous and difficult to treat, and mental health issues further compound these challenges.

A medication managed recovery, however, can help those struggling to recover pass through withdrawal comfortable so they can complete their detox, and with controlled symptoms, those in recovery will have much less temptation to use and a lower risk of relapse. This treatment modality does not replace therapy or 12 Step programs but rather works alongside them so that you can get the most benefits from them during your recovery stay. If your intake assessment determines that you will benefit from a program that includes medication managed treatment, your therapists and counselors will educate you about prescriptions to be used and continually monitor your progress, with the goal of stopping the medications as soon as you no longer need them.

When is Medication Management needed?

Medication Management is an often overlooked aspect of treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, but it can be instrumental in helping individuals break their dependency and stay sober. An individuals’ course of treatment may include a medication management protocol:

  • To assist with detox and prevent relapse in opioid or alcohol dependencies
  • To manage symptoms of a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, if present
  • To manage symptoms of a dependency where multiple drugs are involved
  • To reduce the risk of infection associated with intravenous drugs
  • To ease the transition from in-patient to out-patient care

A detailed intake and assessment process will determine which clients will benefit from medication-managed treatment, and many factors will be considered, including one’s personality, personal history, substance abuse pattern, the presence of mental health symptoms and severity of the substance abuse problem. Counselors will not only administer the medications when appropriate but also help empower their clients by educating them about the role of medications in their recovery and how to safely take medications outside of treatment if necessary.

What are the benefits of Medication Management treatment?

Medication management is another way to help recovering individuals comfortably end their dependency and sustain their recovery. Prescribed medications administered by doctors can help ease the symptoms associated with the client’s substance use, helping them to detox. As the symptoms of withdrawal lessen, the dosage and frequency of the prescribed medications can also be reduced, allowing the individual, with the assistance of therapy and counseling, to live an entirely drug-free life in most cases.

Each client is different, however. In some cases, ongoing prescribed medications may help reduce the likelihood of relapse after treatment, for example, with some opioid addictions, or medications may be necessary to manage an ongoing mental health diagnosis which, if left untreated, could produce symptoms that could lead to a relapse. While medication management may take different forms, a program which includes this treatment modality can significantly enhance your results.

Substance abuse, however, cannot be managed through the use of other drugs alone. A medication management protocol will always work alongside other treatment modalities, such as individual or group therapy, to address the underlying psychology needs which have lead to and sustained the client’s substance abuse disorder. Further, all aspects of an individual’s course of treatment must be monitored and adjusted accordingly to be completely effective, a role performed by qualified counselors experienced in substance abuse treatment. The ultimate goal of rehab is to help clients achieve a level of self-confidence which allows them to manage their own care independently in the long-term.

Bayview Recovery’s Comprehensive Approach to Treatment Can Produce Lasting Benefits

A quality rehab program will offer you a comprehensive array of treatment modalities to ensure that all your recovery needs are met during your stay and that you receive the care you need once treatment ends. Bayview Recovery’s continuum of care, which begins with a detailed intake process, clearly identifies your needs and builds an individualized course of treatment around them, ensuring that your treatment matches your personality and lifestyle for the highest likelihood of success.

In addition to medication management services, Bayview Recovery’s rehab program includes:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Somatic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Yoga

Find out more about all your treatment options today by calling Bayview Recovery at 888.570.7154 and speaking with one of our friendly, helpful addiction recovery specialists. This call can be the beginning of your new healthy and sober life.