Medical Complications and Addiction

Medical Complications and AddictionMedical concerns and addictions often interrelate. It is not uncommon for Ohio residents to become addicted to a drug that was originally prescribed to treat a medical condition. Conversely, drug abuse and addiction can lead to the development of new medical problems. Addictions complicate the treatment of many medical conditions because drugs must be evaluated in terms of both their treatment efficacy and addiction potential.

The prescription drugs most likely to cause or contribute to addiction problems are generally opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin, sedatives like Valium or Xanax, and stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall. Patients who have been prescribed any of these medications should be aware of the possibility of addiction development. They should be alert to signs that they are developing drug dependence and should be encouraged to talk to their physicians about any concerns.

Medical Treatment Options for Ohio Residents with Addiction

There are a number of different forms of medical treatment for Ohio residents also battling addictions. Some of the possibilities for treating addicted patients include the following:

  • Non-drug approaches – Sometimes a medical condition will respond to a non-drug approach to treatment. Options include bodywork, like massage or physical therapy, homeopathy or naturopathic care. Non-drug approaches may provide enough relief on their own, or may improve conditions enough that medication dosages can be lowered.
  • Substitution of non-addicting drugs – There are many non-addicting drugs that can be tried in place of their addicting counterparts. When new medications come on the market, older drugs often fall out of favor, even though they can still be effective and appropriate for certain patients. For pain relief, there are a number of non-opioid medications that can be tried, including anti-inflammatories, certain anti-depressants, some anti-convulsant drugs, and topical analgesics.
  • Usage of addicting drugs under strict supervision – Sometimes a doctor and patient will decide that the use of a medication with high addiction potential is the best option, despite the risks. For patients with a history of addiction, doctors may choose to prescribe smaller amounts of the drug at one time and to require more frequent office visits. Patients may also agree to undergo periodic drug tests to monitor medication levels in the body.

Addiction is Treatable, No Matter the Complications

If you or a loved one in Ohio are battling an addiction, we can help you find a treatment program that takes medical conditions and complications into account. We can help you find treatment that addresses all issues in a coordinated and integrated manner. Call our toll-free helpline, available 24 hours a day, and let us answer your questions about treatment options. We can even check your insurance coverage if you wish, at no cost or obligation. Addiction is treatable, no matter the complications. Call today.