Prescription Medicine for the Addict - A Good Idea?


By Stephanie Loebs

For the addict, one of the most difficult and most rewarding things he or she can do is admit there is a problem. To make the commitment to enter rehabilitation takes a determination and courage that precludes successful treatment.

Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is more than just a condition, it is a disease of the body and will that must be correctly diagnosed and approached in order to assure a lengthy abstinence.

Oftentimes, a patient entering rehab may be prescribed to take existing medications for different conditions.


Whether or not these medicines are related to the addiction being treated can make a difference in how they are administered to the patient, if at all.

Supplementary Treatments in Rehab

If you are about to enter a program and take existing medications, your physicians and counselors should be made aware immediately.

In some cases, a patient may continue taking a prescription during the rehabilitation process, if the medicine does not contribute or conflict with recovery.

A reputable treatment center will examine every medication involved to determine whether it is safe. If not, an alternative treatment may be prescribed so as not to interfere with your detox.

Alternative Therapies

What, if any, alternative treatments are available to addiction patients? Depending upon the problem, there is a possibility that some things can be cared for without the need for supplementary drugs.

Depression and anxiety are often treated in rehab clinics in addition to addictive behaviors. A reputable clinics will have on staff or have access to counselors and psychiatrists who specialize in treating addictive behaviors.

For patients suffering physical injury, who take prescription drugs as a means of aiding pain, exercise programs and holistic activities may be offered as a substitute treatment.

If you or a loved one is in need of supplementary assistance during rehab treatment, it is always recommended to consult with a potential clinic to see what programs are available. This way, recovery can be made whole, and serve the heal the body, mind, and soul.


Stephanie Loebs is the executive director of Williamsburg Place, one of the top drug rehab clinics in the nation. Williamsburg Place aids those who suffer from drug and/or alcohol addiction, and specializes in caring for health care professionals.

For over twenty years Williamsburg Place and its joint rehabilitation center, the William J. Farley Center, have helped thousands of people from all walks of life take back their lives and overcome substance abuse.