Can Medication Help my Addiction?

Doctor writes prescription for man suffering from addiction

Addiction and drug abuse take a toll on your life, relationships, and future goals. Addiction, like other maladaptive behaviors such as eating disorders and anger management problems, often relates to an underlying mental health cause. Treating your underlying depression, anxiety, or trauma may give you the security you need to successfully break your addiction.

Addiction recovery has to come from you, but you may be able to receive needed support in your recovery journey with medication management. At Nugent Family Counseling, our team of mental health experts, led by Dr. Geoff Nugent, helps new and existing patients from locations in San Jose, California, Los Gatos, California, and Reno, Nevada.

We take a holistic approach to your battle with addiction. In addition to interventions like counseling and neurofeedback, medication provides an important pathway to recovery. Here’s what you need to know.

Coping with addiction

Addiction is a disease that needs to be taken seriously for recovery to be effective. Your determination to succeed at conquering your addiction makes a difference.

However, many people with addiction are also troubled by underlying mental health conditions. Addiction to drugs may be a form of maladaptive self-medication. If we can improve your mental health, your ability to fight addiction often increases.

Addiction takes a toll on individuals and families as well. At Nugent Family Counseling, we use a full range of therapies and interventions to address addiction issues, including counseling and medication management.

How medication can help you overcome addiction

Medications can help with addiction problems in several ways. Talk to your provider at Nugent Family Counseling about you or your loved one’s addiction issues, and get suggestions about the ways that medication could provide temporary or lasting support.

You might benefit from medications to ease you through the process of addiction recovery. You can use medications and devices to suppress withdrawal symptoms as you go through detoxification from addiction to opioids.

People living with addictions may also benefit from medications to manage symptoms of an underlying condition. The right medication can help you avoid relapse after you get clean.

Whether you need antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or medications to treat heroin, nicotine, or alcohol dependency, the team at Nugent Family Counseling can help you put together the right medication management treatment plan for you.

At Nugent Family Counseling, we offer pharmacogenetic testing, gathering detailed information about how your body responds to various medications. With these results, we can better guide you toward medication options that will be effective for your unique body chemistry, and target your ideal dosage.

To learn more about the medications that can support you as you get in control of addiction, get in touch with the team at Nugent Family Counseling today. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment over the phone, or book online now.