Use Addiction Medications, Appropriately

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Chemical dependence causes changes to the brain. There are medications currently available for the treatment of alcohol and opioid dependence. Give very serious consideration to finding out more about them. You won't be relying on a crutch or "substituting one addiction for another."

What You'll Need

  • To be admitted to a program that is easily accessible to you. You’ll need to make sure your insurance is accepted and that you can adhere to the program hours, and to your assigned schedule. Methadone is administered only in a clinic setting. Some of the other medications may be obtained with monthly prescriptions from a doctor who has received the appropriate training to work with these tools.

What You'll Do

  • Commit to attending a program, likely six days a week, for the first ninety days. Your “pick-up schedule” will decrease, given that you provide consistent negative toxicology results. On the other hand, if you don’t stop using, or if you test positive for other substances of abuse, you’ll likely be spending far more time than you’d like at your clinic.
  • You’ll also meet with a counselor, often at first, then about once a month. Finally, you’ll need to be available to see medical staff, as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Medications used to treat addiction are, unfortunately stigmatized. Nevertheless, they are highly effective. If used properly, they will help the chemically dependent person take the steps needed to undo the chaos caused by their substance abuse by eliminating the physical need of the person dependent on opioids or alcohol.
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