Medically Managed Services
Addiction treatment has evolved over the past few decades, and medical treatments are now considered the centerpiece of any safe and effective program. “Medical” means that your detox and addiction treatment are directly prescribed by physicians and nurse practitioners who are trained in addiction treatments. We also have an experienced addiction psychologist who will help evaluate your mental health. This level of support ensures that your physical and emotional needs are met while you focus on learning new life skills.
What are Medical Services?
As you go through your treatment program, you may experience physical and emotional issues that are difficult to manage on your own. Our physicians and nurse practitioners are qualified in medical interventions that alleviate these symptoms. Some of the most common issues that arise during detox and addiction treatment are abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle spasms, restless legs, muscle aches, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. We provide you with medications on a short-term basis to help you get through these challenges and focus on your recovery. Our team also recognizes mental health issues and with your permission we will communicate with your therapist or psychiatrist or primary care physician to share our recommendations for treatment with them.
Why are Medical Treatments Important?
Medical treatments help you focus on what is most important — overcoming addiction. You may have a psychiatric diagnosis that led to your drug and alcohol use. In this case, we help you find the help that you need to minimize the effects of the condition. Detox and the initial stages of rehab may bring about physical and emotional issues that need to be remedied on a short-term basis, and our clinical team is available to help you through those difficult times.
What Do Medical Treatments Involve?
The goal of medical treatments is to make you as comfortable as possible during detox and long term therapy. If you feel comfortable physically and emotionally, you are more likely to engage with the treatment and embrace new tools that will help with long-term sobriety. Medical treatment begins at the initial assessment and continues throughout the two years of your treatment. We monitor your progress and look for signs that your medications may need to be adjusted.
We understand that taking medications may not appeal to all our clients, however, medical data shows that for most patients, success if much greater with medical treatments.. We will explain why the medications are being recommended and how they may help you better accomplish your goals.
How Do I Know If I Need Medical Treatment for Addiction?
Most relapses occur because individuals go through treatment programs that and are much too short for the amount of time that is required for our brain to change its automatic response pathways. Our success stems from taking an individualized approach to medication dosing.
You are the most important piece of your addiction recovery. Medically managed services alone do not determine your success in achieving long-term sobriety, but they allow your brain to be free of the strong survival drive that comes from your brain placing high importance on the relief gained from using opioids. These signals can cause cravings that are so strong that it is difficult to resist them. Success rates are higher when the treatment course is longer. This is because while your body can overcome withdrawal and physical cravings relatively quickly, powerful psychological cravings still occur until well more than a year after that. This is especially true when you experience emotional stressors called triggers. The brain is slow to change and success reaches maximum levels when medical treatments follow the chronic disease model similar to when we treat diabetes, heart disease, depression or anxiety. Medication treatment dramatically decreases psychological cravings. When patients do reuse opioids or relapse, the medication greatly decreases the reward. We will never criticize or punish you for reusing opioids or relapsing. We will only help you analyze and learn why your brain had sudden, strong cravings, so we can help you better next time. Eventually your brain will replace cravings for opioids with healthy alternatives like going for a walk, doing a hobby or spending time with loved ones. Only once this point is reached, will long term sobriety become a high likelihood.
What Are The Benefits of Medically Managed Addiction Services?
At Resilience Health, we understand how difficult it can be to manage and control an addiction, especially the symptoms that potentially appear. Medically managed addiction services can help alleviate these symptoms in conjunction with therapy services to keep the addiction under control.
Below is a list of benefits of medically managed addiction services:
- Withdrawal symptoms are managed, so they are less intense and easier to get through.
- The risk of an overdose death is significantly reduced.
- Treatment retention is increased with safe and controlled medications.
- The risk of illegal drug use is reduced along with the potential dangers and legal ramifications.
- It can help better prevent relapse with counseling and behavioral therapy.
What Are The Disadvantages of Medically Managed Addiction Services?
Although medically managed addiction services can make addictions easier to control, there are disadvantages that may not be an effective treatment.
These disadvantages include the following:
- Getting medically assisted addiction services means being under a scrutinous watch in a facility.
- The medication administered is very potent and can potentially have adverse side effects.
- The medication used can lead to the patient abusing or overusing it.
- There is a risk of the patient trading their addiction.
The last disadvantage, in particular, is why abstinence is often recommended because it eases people away from the source rather than introducing them to another. Getting medically assisted addiction services requires careful planning.
What Is The Cost of Medically Assisted Addiction Services?
The cost of medically assisted addiction services depends on a few factors. The first and most important factor is the reason. In general, detoxifications are typically the most affordable option. However, the price can be higher depending on addiction and the substance being used.
The next factor is whether or not you need outpatient or inpatient treatment. It can potentially cost thousands for a 30-day program, especially for more well-known facilities. The final factor is the medication being used. In medically assisted addiction services, the medication used to help treat the patient is factored into the cost.