Medications can play an important role in the treatment and future healing of many people struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Medication management is a form of outpatient treatment involving an initial mental health and addiction assessment to determine the patient’s need for medications. If the doctor decides it is best for the patient to receive psychotropic medications, they will then provide a prescription, help schedule ongoing outpatient care, monitor potential side-effects during the treatment process, as well as ensure that the patient is experiencing the desired outcomes during their treatment.
The purpose of medication management is to ensure the safety, proper administration, and overall health of the patient pursuing treatment. Managing medication for patients can help develop an initial outpatient treatment plan, address any safety and administration concerns, and aid in the continued education and treatment of the patient.
If successful, outpatient medication management can help improve the lives of many patients while also reducing the costs of extensive inpatient treatments.
It is common in most cases of medication-assisted therapy for a pharmacist to be placed in charge of the management of medication. A pharmacist has undergone the necessary training in order to provide information regarding the drug being administered, offer a consultation or further professional advice regarding treatment, as well as be an integrated part of the treatment process as they communicate with your physician, family, or other treatment providers during your treatment process.
At Freedom Now, we believe having a pharmacist on staff at our facility helps our patients understand more about our method of treating our patients with medication-assisted treatments. Helping our clients understand more about the medications they will be taking, how MAT benefits them, educating them on the potential side-effects of the treatment, and having a general consultation with a knowledgeable professional allows for our patients to make a comfortable decision toward treatment. Having a trained pharmacist will also help reduce the risk of medication mismanagement with consistent communication.
Studies have shown that having a pharmacist available to talk with a patient prior to treatment to discuss medication treatment options have helped encourage people to actually participate in a MAT program.
A medication management appointment takes place after your doctor or physician has prescribed a medication for you to take. They are relatively brief (taking less than an hour to complete). During the appointment, you will be asked what kinds of medications you are currently taking, if you have experienced any side-effects (if so, what are they), whether or not you believe the medications are beneficial to your treatment, and how you feel your treatment is going? Typically, if you have experienced any side-effects or other issues during your treatment, your doctor may recommend a follow-up appointment to run blood tests to ensure the medication is responding well to your body.
Being properly prepared for a medication management appointment will ensure that it is performed quickly, efficiently, and continues with your utmost safety in mind. Before you arrive at Freedom Now for a medication management appointment, it is necessary for you to bring a few things with you.
For any treatment process at Freedom Now, it is required for all of our patients to arrive with:
Arriving prepared for your appointment is important for you and your doctor to ensure no time is lost, you have prescribed a safe medication during treatment, and to help your doctor better understand what you may be struggling with. Not only does this aid our team as they begin treatment, but it also ensures your safety.
Another helpful thing to consider before your appointment is having a list of questions you may want to ask your doctor before beginning treatment. Some examples may be:
“Will I be on this prescription for the rest of my life?”
“What are some potential side-effects of my medications?”
“Is the medication I will be given potentially addictive?”
We believe you should feel comfortable asking us any questions you may have before, during, or even after your treatment.
Using medications correctly can promise better outcomes and overall health for you or your loved one as they undergo treatment. Doctors will only prescribe medications that they believe will be helpful for their patients to take. Medications can be utilized to help manage and alleviate painful symptoms of your condition. Proper administration and care while taking prescription medications can significantly impact your life and overall health over time.
When it comes to recovery and treatment, we at Freedom Now understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every client that walks through our doors will receive an individualized treatment plan based entirely on their current needs. If combined with our intensive outpatient counseling, medication-assisted treatment can become a viable option for treating mental health and drug abuse disorders. Our medication management and IOP treatment programs are just one way we are able to focus on the long-term health and recovery of our clients.
Our MAT and medication management programs are offered throughout our hours of operation. If you are new to Freedom Now, you will be assessed by a member of our clinical team to help evaluate your overall health, become aware of any underlying conditions you may be facing, and to then develop a treatment plan to suit your needs. If it is determined MAT is a program suited for you, you will be placed on a drug known as Suboxone or Naltrexone (a drug is commonly known to help reduce withdrawal symptoms from opioid abuse).
Treatment will involve both medication-assisted treatment and intensive outpatient individual counseling, outpatient counseling (group therapy), and at times, life skills training sessions on a weekly basis.
Medical maintenance therapy is never a permanent solution for addiction or mental illness. Although medications can be utilized during treatment, they are only intended to curb potentially dangerous or painful withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. The goal of all of our programs is to help our clients work toward a lasting recovery free from the weight of drug and alcohol addiction.