Addiction is a very odd disease. It involves chemical changes to your brain. It might also involve mental illness as a result of doing drugs or drinking excessively. Part of the addict's persona is defiance. Part of getting clean is withdrawal. It is hard to go through withdrawal and not increase your medication to ease those feelings. Medication management is a multifaceted service. It helps people manage their medication so that prescription drugs are taken as prescribed, even if there is no high involved. The advantage is that medication lasts, that the patient gets better, that the withdrawal symptoms diminish, and recovery can begin.
Relapse happens. It is not the best scenario and there are consequences. What is important to remember about relapse is that you can get clean and sober again. Medication management is an option to help you stay clean. If you are dealing with an opioid addiction, then Suboxone is an option that helps reduce your cravings, lessens withdrawal, and makes it easier to succeed in recovery. In short, medication management might be a tool that helps you reduce the chances of relapse. We say "might" because everyone is unique and so is their addiction.
Medication management does not have a specific end date. There are many factors that go into determining when someone's recovery dictates that they no longer need medication management. Part of that is determined by insurance, though there is always a self-pay option. Part of it is determined by the type of addictions that you face. Part of the answer is determined by the effectiveness of counseling, meetings, and your medical state. A good consideration is someone who suffers from bipolar disorder and who is also an addict. If the bipolar disorder is managed does the risk of relapse lessen? If yes, then you may not require medication management. Those sorts of details determine when medication management ends.
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