At Fresh Start, we create personalized treatment programs for every individual in our care. One approach to treatment that might be used is medication management. Certain medications can treat the withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings in those with alcohol or opioid use disorder. Other medications can help individuals with mental health issues manage them more effectively.
What Is Medication Management?
Medication management is a term for the process of ensuring that those who take medication are getting the best results from it. Doctors and pharmacists pay close attention to things like:
- Adverse reactions
- The potential for misuse
- Complications arising from using more than one medication at a time
Those who are addicted to alcohol or opioids can benefit from medications as they go through detox. During this time, they might experience painful or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, nausea, headaches, or seizures. However, certain FDA-approved medications can help relieve these symptoms as well as reduce cravings. This can be especially helpful for those who have severe addictions.
Individuals with mental health conditions can also benefit from medication management. While certain medications that are used to treat anxiety, like benzos, can be habit-forming, there are alternatives that your doctor can prescribe. Medication management allows them to monitor how well the medication is working and adjust it accordingly.
The Benefits of Medication for Addiction Treatment
Why do we offer medication as part of our treatment options? Some people have the misconception that medication-assisted treatment means that someone in recovery is just trading one substance for another. However, medications like naloxone, buprenorphine, and methadone can help those in recovery stay in treatment and successfully maintain their sobriety for longer.
In addition, many of those in treatment for addiction suffer from chronic pain. They may have been prescribed an opioid pain reliever to treat pain resulting from an injury or illness but resultantly began misusing the medication. At Fresh Start, we can prescribe medication to help manage pain so that those in recovery don’t relapse due to pain.
Medication management helps clients focus on overcoming the underlying causes of addiction. It improves the quality of life while in treatment, allowing clients to participate in therapy without experiencing cravings or pain.
Our Treatment Programs
At Fresh Start Recovery Center, we offer addiction and mental health treatment programs designed to help our clients thrive in recovery. Many individuals who struggle with substance use issues also face mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD. Those who take medication during treatment also participate in complementary therapies, which might include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Health and wellness education
- Life skills
- Experiential therapy
- Family therapy
- Trauma therapy
Family involvement is an important part of our treatment programs. In order for our clients to heal and flourish, support is crucial. When loved ones understand the impact of addiction and mental health issues and learn how to give support without enabling destructive behaviors, everyone thrives. We’ll help you and your family develop effective communication skills that can help you heal from past damage and overcome obstacles in the future.
Reach Out to Fresh Start Recovery Center Today
Contact Fresh Start Recovery Center to learn more about medication management and how it can help those who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Our admissions team can answer any questions you have and can help you access the care you need. Reach out to us today at 833.625.0398, or contact us online to learn more.