The opioid epidemic has certainly sparked some debate regarding medication for various health conditions; if you’ve recently began your journey to recovery, you may be apprehensive about taking medication in fear of becoming dependent on it or in concern of the many side effects that can occur. As each person has a unique biological, medical, psychiatric and developmental history, different medications can yield different outcomes. Perhaps you’ve been contemplating taking a medication for a mental illness or an addiction; one common question you may be asking yourself is, “What if I don’t like the medication?” Although there is a common misconception that healthcare teams don’t care about patients’ comfort regarding medications, a recent study proves otherwise.
A 2014 study conducted by researchers from California and Oregon, published in a journal titled Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment aimed to go behind the scenes as they interviewed 101 clinician and clinician-administrative healthcare team members for primary and specialty care, mainly in the addiction and mental health recovery sector. The researchers sought to gain these participants’ perspectives – to hear their thought processes when a patient tells them their medication isn’t working well for them.
The researchers found that clinicians took their own experiences, their patients’ experiences, and their colleagues’ experiences into account as they made decisions towards continuing use of certain medications. Many clinicians also noted not wanting to prescribe certain medications to patients if a proper management system wasn’t in place. When it comes to addiction recovery, however, medication management should easily be provided alongside other integrated areas of recovery such as psychotherapy, group activities, etc.
If you’re feeling apprehensive about taking medication, note that the most reputable treatment centers likely have healthcare teams with a nearly seamless line of communication, and a lot of care for their patients. However, holistic therapy practices are another way to help break through withdrawal symptoms and psychological barriers; practices such as meditation, exercise, yoga, acupuncture, music therapy and experiential therapy are alternative ways to getting you where you need to be, without medication.
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