The Role of Medication in Addiction Recovery: What You Need to Know

The Role of Medication in Addiction Recovery: What You Need to Know

The Role of Medication in Addiction Recovery: What You Need to Know

Medication doesn’t always have to be involved in addiction recovery, but oftentimes, it is. Medication may need to be used to treat unwanted side effects experienced during detoxification, as a prescription for a mental illness, or another related concern. A valid worry of many is that either the uncomfortable effects of detox will be too much to bear, or that the medication taken will prevent them from being able to fully recover from addiction. When it comes to circumstances involving mental illness prescriptions and similar issues, a person will be able to discuss the implications with their healthcare team at their treatment center to ensure a good fit. When it comes to detox or recovery maintenance, however, there are several types of medications that can be taken, depending on a person’s needs.

These are the most common medications used in addiction recovery:

·    Methadone – a long-acting (24-30 hours) opioid agonist that helps to suppress withdrawal symptoms and cravings

·    Buprenorphine – a partial opioid agonist that helps prevent withdrawal symptoms, but it does produce some feelings of euphoria, but often to an extent much weaker than that of other opioids

·    Naltrexoneworks by blocking the “high” effects experienced when substances are taken; it will cause withdrawal symptoms if substances are taken after a person is no longer dependent on them

Medical evaluations are important in addiction recovery to determine the type of medication that could work best for you as well as what is most likely the safest route to go. As emphasized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), these medications are not a cure for addiction; they must be used alongside other treatment services such as individual therapy, group therapy, nutrition guidance, and more. If you’re considering adding medication to your recovery journey, speak with your healthcare team today to discuss potential options. With a collaborative effort, you’ll be more likely to take medication that is safer for you and more conducive to your recovery goals.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.