Medication can help make a person feel better. People who suffer from chronic pain disorders or injuries that cause chronic pain are often prescribed pain medications. As time goes on, the medicine becomes less effective, and they need to take higher doses to feel any relief. This can lead to addiction. Trying to overcome an addiction to medication you need can be difficult. At Encore Health Group, we offer medication management that can help you beat your addiction safely.
What Is Medication Management?
When a person is in detox for a medication or drug addiction, they need to be weaned off the drug slowly. When a person has been taking medication for an extended period of time, their body learns to depend on it. Taking that medication away too quickly could cause severe withdrawal symptoms that could make the patient extremely ill and, in some cases, even be fatal. Our pain management clinic doesn’t take the drug away completely. Instead, we slowly lower the dose, so the body doesn’t experience withdrawal.
How Does Medication Management Work?
This treatment works by reducing the dosage of a drug or medication a person receives. If a person is addicted to alcohol, pain killers, or any other type of drug, that drug has built up in their system for the duration of time they have been abusing it.
The body needs that drug, and if it doesn’t receive it, it can cause a person to become sick with withdrawal symptoms. With prescription management, a doctor prescribes a lower dose of the medication for the patient, and they gradually receive less as time goes on. The body learns to function with less of the drug and eventually without it.
This type of treatment is much easier for patients to handle and can make rehab less intimidating. The goal is not to detox the person quickly, but to do so slowly, so they are more likely to stick with the program and complete it.
Seek Medication Management if You Have Symptoms of Withdrawal
When a person is dependent on a substance, they can experience withdrawal symptoms if it is taken away from them too quickly. This is one of the reasons we use drug management for most types of detox. Withdrawal symptoms can last a few hours or a few days, depending on the severity of the addiction and the patient’s overall health. Some common symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Increased heart rate
- Uncontrollable shaking
- High blood pressure
Other Types of Health Services Assist Medication Management
At Encore Health Group, we offer a variety of different services that can help patients learn to manage their pain and medication, so they are less likely to become addicted to their pain medication or are able to overcome their addiction. We know that the rehabilitation process isn’t easy for patients, and we strive to provide them with the best care possible during the detox and treatment process. Some other services we offer include:
- Mental Health treatment
- Anxiety treatment
- Depression treatment
- Pain management
- Chronic/Acute Pain
- Outpatient Mental Health Counseling
- Medication-assisted therapy
If you or someone you love is dealing with chronic pain and you are worried, you may become addicted to your pain medication, or if you are taking pain medication and fear you may be addicted, our pain management clinic can help. We have a trained and compassionate staff that can help you overcome your addiction. Contact us to schedule an appointment that could change your life for the better.