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Is It Safe to Keep Taking Your Prescription During Rehab?

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Some people that are struggling with addiction also suffer from physical or mental health issues. They may have been prescribed drugs to treat their condition even though they also have a substance abuse disorder. In some cases, taking their prescription during rehab is an essential part of their physical health or mental health treatment plan. 

Taking Prescription Medications During Rehab

For the most part, continuing to take prescription medications during rehab can be allowed depending on the medication. For example, if your prescription is to help manage your diabetes or high blood pressure, then the rehab center will most likely allow you to continue to take it. 

In addition, if you are taking antidepressants or ADHD drugs for a mental health disorder, you can be allowed to continue taking these types of medications. 

What Prescription Medications Are Not Allowed During Rehab?

There are specific classes of prescription medications that are deemed to be addictive. Therefore, these types of drugs are not allowed to be taken during rehab, as it would defeat the purpose of undergoing substance abuse treatment. 

These drugs often include any medications in these drug-class families:

  • Amphetamines
  • Opioids
  • Benzodiazepines

The reason for this is these medications are easy to misuse and abuse due to their addictive tendencies. Furthermore, if you are abusing prescription drugs you were not prescribed to take, you would not be allowed to take these either. 

What Should You Do Before Starting Rehab?

Prior to starting a rehab treatment program, you should consult with your doctor and the intake specialist from the rehab facility to determine whether you can bring your prescription medication along and continue taking it. 

Your doctor and the intake specialist can explore alternative medications that you could potentially take for your physical health or mental health disorder. In addition, it is essential to find out how continuing to take your medication could impact your treatment plan and recovery. 

In certain situations, your doctor and the rehab center may need to wean you off of the medication using an appropriate approach. For example, if you take a prescription opioid painkiller, you need to be weaned off of that using medication-assisted treatment (MAT). 

As you are weaned off of the addictive prescription drug, a different non-addictive pain reliever could be prescribed if it is necessary. Please keep in mind that this is just one example, and each person’s medication and situation vary. 

Can Prescription Drugs Be Beneficial to Recovery?

It depends on the individual and the medication. Continuing to take your medication as prescribed during rehab can be beneficial in some cases. For example, some recovering addicts have found that by continuing to take their medication for their physical or mental health disorder, they are less likely to have cravings that can lead to relapse. 

As the addictive substance is removed from the body, the medication can begin to work how it was meant to work and benefit the individual. As a result, with monitored dosing by the rehab center, you can avoid taking more than prescribed or forgetting to take the medication, which can occur when someone’s addiction is spiraling out of control.

However, it is crucial that you do not develop a cross-addiction by continuing to take your prescription medication. Cross-addiction can occur when you replace one addiction with another. Quite often, there is a risk of this when the prescription medication has addictive properties. 

Your Well-Being Is Always Put First

Deciding to get help with your addiction is a major first step. Yet, when you are taking prescription drugs, it is understandable that you can have fears of not having access to your medication. 

As such, it is essential that you find a rehab treatment facility that puts your well-being first, like Casa Colina. The last thing we want to do is for you to be fearful of starting rehab. 

Fortunately, our rehab center for men understands this and will work with your doctor to determine the best course of action that puts your well-being first. We will not discontinue your medication cold-turkey or prevent you from taking the medication when it is a necessary part of your physical or mental health disorder.

Instead, we work with you and your doctor to determine what sort of rehab treatment program would benefit you the most to help you overcome your addiction. 

Supervised Medication Rehab Treatment for Men in Dallas

At Casa Colina, we offer supervised prescription medication rehab treatment programs for men at our Dallas treatment center. Your detoxification at the start of your program is medically-supervised to ensure your health and well-being.

After detox, we will continue to work with you and your doctor to determine the proper dosing and medication to use to treat your physical or mental health disorder. Our goal is to help you overcome your addiction while still being able to have access to the medication you need. 

To learn more about our supervised medication rehab treatment programs and options for men, please feel free to visit our contact form or call us today! 

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