Kelsey Huberty M.A., LAADAC, CCTP is the Clinical & Program Director at Anchored Tides Recovery. She has in-depth training, knowledge, and experience working with addiction, mental health, and trauma recovery.
Medication Treatment for Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Medications are used in addiction and dual diagnosis treatment to help addicts transition smoothly into a recovery program. Sometimes, medications overlap because the symptoms of the addiction and mental health conditions are similar. This section will explain medications that are given to individuals with chemical dependency as well as medications that are given to individuals with dual diagnosis.
It is helpful to have additional knowledge about medication protocol in addiction and dual diagnosis treatment when making the decision to enter treatment. The type of treatment an individual undergoes should not be chosen by self-diagnosis alone. Addicts should be assessed by an admissions coordinator to decide whether addiction treatment or dual diagnosis treatment is best.
Medication Treatment for Substance Abuse
The American Society of Addiction Medicine now defines addiction as a multifaceted disease. Addiction is characterized by an inability to consistently abstain from drinking or using drugs, impairment in behavioral control, the presence of cravings, diminished ability to recognize significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships and a dysfunctional emotional response.
Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in a prolonged disability or premature death.
This reference section will explore medication treatment for the following addictions:
- Medication Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
- Medication Treatment for Opiate Addiction
- Medication Treatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction
- Medication Treatment for Stimulant Addiction
- Medication Treatment for THC / Marijuana Addiction
When an individual suffers from addiction and a mental health disorder, he or she has a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis medication treatment should be tailored to fit the needs of the addict, decreasing symptoms of addiction and mental health disorders.
Each disorder has a medication that best helps decrease symptoms related to the specific features of the disorder.
This section will go over medication treatment for:
Medication is divided into classes to help readers better understand the medications that treat addiction and dual diagnosis. Each medication targets specific chemicals within the brain to stabilize mood, decrease cravings and increase function.
Medication classes are:
Medication List A-Z
This list is a reference for those individuals who want a brief overview of the most commonly prescribed drugs, including what they are, how they are used, side effects, if any, and the names of the drugs under each class. Further information about these drugs should be obtained from your treating physician.