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Can I Keep Using Prescription Drugs During Rehab?

Can I Keep Using Prescription Drugs During Rehab?Many prescription drugs are extremely addictive. Often rehab is the only way to find lasting recovery from the psychological effects of addiction. Since the majority of addicts suffer from at least one underlying or co-occurring psychological disorder, successful recovery requires thorough, integrated treatment of any and all disorders in a comprehensive and holistic way.

Many chemicals can create a relapse, even if they are unrelated to an addict’s drug of choice. A patient being treated for alcoholism might have her recovery undermined by a prescription for benzodiazepines. A person being treated for benzodiazepine addiction may relapse if given access to prescription painkillers. Only a specially trained addiction counselor or physician will know exactly which medications are safe for which patients. Some prescriptions will certainly be continued through rehab, while others will need to be changed or eliminated.

What Are Medically Supervised Detoxification Services?

One of the first phases of rehab is detox, which forces all drugs in a patient’s body to be purged. Detox can be extremely unpleasant or, in some cases, dangerous. Medically supervised detox allows doctors to monitor the process and in many cases administer alternate medications to relieve harsh withdrawal symptoms. It can also be dangerous for people addicted to benzodiazepines, sedatives, opiates or steroids to quit cold-turkey. Experts can taper you off over time, watching for any health problems along the way.

How to Treat Co-Occurring Conditions

The majority of addicts suffer from at least one underlying or co-occurring psychological disorder that may have lead to the addiction in the first place. Some of the most common addiction-inducing disorders include the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavioral addictions (sex, self-harm, stealing, shopping)
  • Schizophrenia

In order to achieve lasting freedom from addiction, patients must receive treatment not only for the dependency, but also for any co-occurring conditions. Again, only addiction recovery professionals will know which elements of your disorder require medical treatment and which require psycho therapy, counseling, education or other forms of psychological rehab. Failure to treat the patients holistically will almost certainly lead to relapse.

Help with Addiction Rehabilitation

Not all rehab is the same. The most effective programs use innovative or even experimental treatment techniques alongside tried and true approaches. Call our 24 hour, toll free helpline and we can help you find the best treatment for your unique needs. Don’t worry about your prescriptions and which ones will be allowed in rehab. Your ultimate recovery and sound mental and physical health are our top priority.
Our specially trained addiction counselors are ready to answer any questions you may have about treatment. We can even help with logistical aspects of the process and confirming insurance coverage. The call is confidential and free. You have questions and concerns. You know that this disease will steal everything you love about life if you don’t get it under control. Call today and let us help you get the process started.

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