Does “Self –Medication” Help in Drug Recovery?

Does “Self –Medication” Help in Drug Recovery?For many individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, especially those who also suffer from a mental health disorder, drug abuse is often a way to self-medicate. Whether an addict suffers from anxiety, depression, OCD, or bipolar disorder, they often find that taking drugs or drinking alcohol temporarily reduces the symptoms associated with their psychological issues.

However, most addicts find that after the ‘high’ of the drug has worn off, their symptoms have returned, and are often considerably worse than before they self-medicated. This is because, in addition to the symptoms of their mental disorder returning, they are now also facing withdrawal symptoms from the drug itself.

This process of self-medication can easily turn into an endless cycle of increasingly worse mental health symptoms and increasingly difficult withdrawals.

Consult a Doctor if You Think You May Need Medication for a Mental Disorder

If you feel that the symptoms of your psychological disorder are simply unbearable without help, see if a doctor can prescribe you medication that may be able to alleviate them. Getting a prescription is nearly always a better, safer, and more effective option than abusing illegal drugs or taking risky, untested supplements. However, make sure to tell your doctor about any addiction problems you have or had to make sure that they avoid prescribing you medication that may contribute to or exacerbate a substance abuse disorder.  

Stop Self-Medicating: Find a Drug Treatment Center today!

Self-medicating to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms of a drug or to mitigate the symptoms of an untreated mental illness is always a temporary fix– one that may have seriously negative effects on your physical and mental health. If you or someone you care about is suffering from addiction or is self-medicating during drug recovery, it’s time to find a drug addiction rehab center that can help.

At Get Treatment, we offer a variety of treatment options to help you or those you love conquer the disease of addiction. With medically-supervised detox programs, inpatient and outpatient treatment options and sober living arrangements, our drug addiction rehab centers can help you or someone you love at every stage of the recovery process.

Our mission is to help addiction sufferers find an addiction treatment program that is tailored to meet their unique needs for recovery. By combining traditional and alternative therapies, patients can address the root cause of their addiction and learn new, healthier coping techniques to avoid future relapse.Our highly qualified addiction specialists work one-one-one with patients to create individualized treatment plans that take into account each person’s strengths, weaknesses, personal goals, medical and psychological history, and a variety of other factors to give every program participant the greatest possible chance of success.  

To learn more, call 855-638-9268 and speak to one of our dedicated admissions specialists.

Erica Loret de Mola

Erica Loret de Mola is a communications major who has been writing about addiction treatment for approximately three years. As content manager and editor in chief of Get Treatment, she strives to provide the most accurate and current information available to our clients.


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