Medication Management

Medication management is a practice used by mental health professionals after evaluating a patient’s need for psychological medication. The process requires medical evaluation and assessment to determine factors pertaining to the patient’s current status and the changes necessary to reach their desired outcome. Doctors thoroughly review prescribed drugs and their possible side effects to create proper treatment plans and monitor the drug’s safety and effectiveness.

In medication management, doctors review the possible side effects of prescribed drugs to monitor the drug's safety and effectiveness.

Medication Management During Detox

Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable detox through Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) when patients are withdrawing from substances. When an individual is treated in our detox, they are under 24-hour medical care. Doctors prescribe medication to ensure patients are comfortable and safe. They also manage the dosage by lowering the amount as needed until the substance is fully out of the body. Nurses administer the medication and continue to check vitals, noting any changes to stay on track.

Here are some medications used during detox.

Medications are used to help reduce substance cravings while keeping patients from feeling discomfort or sickness.

Medication Management After Detox

When substances are fully out of the body, detox has been completed, and patients begin residential treatment and outpatient treatment. They begin receiving treatment from a combination of behavioral therapies and medication management. The medication used for this stage of treatment targets the improvement of mental health. Similar to detox, the prescribing doctor observes the patient’s mental health status. If the patient is dually diagnosed with a mental health disorder and substance use disorder, they may receive medication to help stabilize and eliminate co-occurring disorder symptoms. Medications prescribed often include antidepressants, anti-anxiety, antipsychotics, and mood-stabilizing. These medications are intended to reduce depression, anxiety, and irritability, attempting to also reduce the need to self-medicate through drugs and alcohol.

Here are some mental health disorders we treat in addition to substance use disorder:

We recognize that each person is unique, therefore treatment for each individual is unique as well. Our team of experts analyzes and assesses each patient to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses their disorder or co-occurring disorders. In this way, we can provide effective treatment to ensure each person is receiving the maximized help they need.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is medication management during medical detox?

During medical detox, patients are under 24-hour medical supervision. Here, they receive medication to help manage withdrawals safely and for comfort. Medications are prescribed, and the dosage amount is controlled by a doctor. Nurses administer the medication and continue to check a patient’s vitals to track changes. 

What is medication management after detox?

After detox, patients begin residential or outpatient treatment. Here, medication management is used for dual diagnoses such as mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Doctors prescribe and manage the dosage amount to help reduce and eliminate co-occurring disorder symptoms such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder.

How do you treat a dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is treated by using a combination of behavioral therapies and medication management to address both mental health disorders and substance use disorders.