The use of medication can be a critical adjunct to effective addiction treatment and should be considered in some cases along with therapy, psychosocial support groups, and other adjunctive methods. Medication can target specific aspects of the substance abuse disorder, although, by itself, cannot change lifestyles or other dysfunctional behaviors and habits that accompany substance abuse. Instead, medication can assist with ambulatory detoxification, as well as management of withdrawal symptoms in some circumstances. Medication can also assist with reducing cravings by creating aversive reactions or by blocking the effects of the substance.
Intensive Outpatient Programs can be ideal for patients who also require medication. The inherent frequency of care in an IOP can aid in medication management and compliance. The IOP therapist can incorporate the medication management plan into the patient’s overall care plan.
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