Many individuals today suffer from a mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. These conditions are very treatable with the proper medications. However, many of these medications can be classified as addictive and should be used with caution. A wide number of those who face addiction are those who do not suffer from the condition but live in the same house as someone who does.
Substance abuse is not uncommon for those who suffer from a mental illness. Aside from possibly becoming addicted to their medication, they may also seek to self-medicate with alcohol and recreational drug use.
While it is so important to help ease the individual away from their addiction, it is also equally important to ensure that their mental health is kept safe. This may mean continuing a regulated treatment with their usual medication at the same time as treating their addiction.
If they decide to seek help from a rehabilitation center, they may wonder how they will be able to treat their illness, while also working toward helping their addiction. In this article, we will cover which medications may be prescribed in rehab.
Medications for Detoxing
During the rehabilitation process, an individual may become uncomfortable while stopping the use of drugs and alcohol. The withdrawal stage is difficult for many as they face the side effects. The most beneficial first step would include purging of the toxins built up in the individual’s body. While the outcome of this detox is positive and they will feel better when it is complete, the process is not easy.
For many, the detoxing process may amplify the withdrawal symptoms. Medications to assist the detox process may be prescribed. These medications are used to reduce the discomfort caused by this stage and ease the side effect of withdrawal. All of this is under close clinical supervision to ensure the safety of the individual.
Mood Stabilizers and Antipsychotics
Bipolar disorder is a serious condition that needs to be monitored closely during the rehabilitation process. Those that suffer from bipolar disorder may be prescribed multiple medications to address both manic and depressive stages. Certain antipsychotic medications may also be used to treat those with bipolar disorder. These medications are always closely monitored and regulated.
Due to the possible impact on the kidneys, the individual may also be monitored through testing. Urinalysis, blood testing, and thyroid testing are commonly performed on the individual receiving treatment.
Antipsychotic medications may be used to treat schizophrenia symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and agitated episodes in patients. The specific medication used may depend on the addiction being treated. The professionals at the clinic work closely together to ensure that they are treating this sensitive condition correctly.
The side effects of these medications may include drowsiness, muscle spasms, rapid heart rate, and restlessness. Additional side effects should be discussed with a medical professional.
If someone suffering from depression does not seek proper treatment, they may look for ways to self-medicate. This can eventually lead to addiction. It is so important for someone who is suffering from both addiction and depression to seek help immediately.
While undergoing treatment, they may be prescribed antidepressants. These antidepressants vary in strength and the dosage depends on the patient’s specific needs. Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. The medication works to restore this balance and treat the symptoms caused by depression.
It should also be noted that depression can actually be caused by substance abuse. This will also call for treatment of both conditions while in rehab. Antidepressants will work to restore the imbalance caused by the substances used prior to treatment. Some antidepressants may be considered addictive and should only be taken with medical supervision.
Side effects of these medications may be the following:
Individuals using these medications should always discuss their side effect with their supervising physician.
Medications for Anxiety
More than 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in our day. Anxiety disorders are not only very common, but they are also often associated with depression. Many of those receiving antidepressants may also require a prescription for anti-anxiety medication.
Symptoms of anxiety disorder may include the following:
- Panic Attacks
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Trouble Sleeping
- Easily Agitated
- Discomfort in Social Situations
Some anxiety medications may treat only a few of these symptoms, while others attempt to treat anxiety as a whole. The stronger medications may cause more side effects and should be used with great caution.
Patients with anxiety are monitored very closely in a rehab setting as the thought of treatment may set off panic attacks or nervousness. Also, the medication they are given may take a few weeks to take effect. They should be sure to follow the treatment plan very closely and not stray from the medication’s instructions.
Mental illness is very common in America. Many do their best to treat their illness either on their own or with a specialist. Unfortunately, many disorders go untreated. In the case of an individual in rehab, it is so important for their condition to be properly treated by professionals.
The expert staff at a rehab center work closely together to ensure that their patients are treated carefully and with full consideration of their specific needs. While the thought of dealing with any side effects can be daunting at first, each individual must remember that they have the help of an experienced team that cares deeply about their mental health.
In any rehabilitation center, the staff wants their patients to be successful in the war against their substance abuse. On certain occasions, this includes the treatment of any mental illness. If you are suffering from addiction, please take action today.
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