Managing Client Wellness
Medication Management Programs
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that one out of every 12 American adults suffered from addiction to drugs or alcohol or a combination of both. Street drugs and opioids can interfere with normal brain function and, with repeated use, can also lead to drug dependence and changes to the structure and chemistry in the brain.
As part of our comprehensive care plan for those with substance use disorders, Valley offers FDA approved medication assisted treatment plans. Where appropriate, each individual we care for receives a customized medication management program specific to their needs and individual path to wellness.
What Is Medication Management?
Professional Assessment. Customized Plans. Team-based Care.
Caring for someone with a substance abuse disorder requires a team of psychiatrists, doctors, case managers, and counselors all working in collaboration and close communication. Our team of psychiatrists and doctors work hard to assess each individual client, prescribe the appropriate medication, and determine the scope of the program.
Each medication program is designed within a view toward long-term care. In cases where medication is required, a medication management program can provide the oversight and accountability needed to ensure addiction to the medication doesn’t occur and greatly increase the chances of recovery. A medication management program may work to slowly reduce a person’s dosage of maintenance medications over time in order to wean them off medication completely. This is called a taper.
The Goal of Medication Management Programs
The long-term goal of a medication management program is to improve the quality of life of a person struggling with a substance abuse disorder and to help lead them into recovery. Each and every client is different, and the amount of time spent in a medication management program will depend on a variety of factors:
- What is the client’s environmental, physical, and emotional situation?
- Do they have a solid support-system?
- Do they have a dual-diagnosis?
- What is the severity of their drug dependence?
An outpatient medication management program will generally require consistent check-ins and evaluations to ensure the dosage is effective and the individual is moving forward in recovery. Dosage will typically be adjusted slowly and in a controlled fashion. Counseling and behavioral therapy sessions are generally part of the program as well. The long-term goal of Valley’s medication management program is to help every client with a substance use disorder to sustain recovery and lead a fulfilling and self-directed life.
A Bright Future Starts at Valley Oaks
Walking through the doors of a center like Valley Oaks for the first can be tough. We work hard to make sure that your visit is easy, streamlined, and professional while still addressing your needs. The reality is that more folks are seeking help than you’d ever imagine, and for good reason. More than 80% of folks that seek help for common mental health ailments see significant improvement. Your journey to life’s peaks can start right now… and start right here… at Valley Oaks.