Taking Medications in Recovery

Recovery programs for the treatment of alcohol and drug use are available all over the country. There are many methods for recovering from an addiction. You may have heard of the 12 step program, which has been in existence for decades. Other approaches include SMART recovery, therapy, support groups, spiritually based recovery, and many more.

A common question in most recovery programs is the issue of taking certain types of medications in recovery. First things first, if you are prescribed medication from your physician, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations. If you are prescribed psychiatric medications for anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns, please take them. Keeping yourself physically and emotionally healthy is an important part of recovery. Taking prescribed medications does not in any way impact your recovery.

Over the counter medications such as tylenol, allergy medication, and flu and cold medications can also be taken. As long as these medications aren’t abused, your recovery is safe if you take over the counter medications. Dealing with headaches, colds, and allergies without taking necessary medicines can be a trigger to use.

The topic of medications gets tricky when you are prescribed narcotic pain relievers or narcotic cough syrups. These medications do have abuse potential. For some ailments like serious accidents or surgeries, you may need to take narcotic based medications. Talking with your doctor about your history is important. Your doctor will know what types of medications to prescribe you. They will also be able to monitor any dependency concerns.

For minor procedures, such as dental work or minor pain management, you’ll want to be upfront with your medical provider about being in recovery. With the surge of pain medication dependency in this country, you can never be too careful. Being honest with medical providers can reduce the risk of being prescribed something that is addicting.

Non narcotic pain medications are available. Some of these medications have no potential for abuse at all. Make sure that you are open and honest with your doctors and your recovery support system. You can take medication and maintain your recovery if you are knowledgeable and open.

Hired Power are experts at connecting you to the tools you need to figure out what recovery is all about. Through our range of services and expertise, you can stay sober. Contact us now at 714-559-3919. Let us help you figure out the next steps to take.

Most Recent Blog Posts

5 Ways To Forgive Yourself In Recovery

    Sometimes, in active addiction, we do things we aren’t proud of. We may have hurt the ones we love, do things we are ashamed of, and caused harm to ourselves. We may feel guilty, embarrassed, and angry. Although you may have gotten substance abuse treatment and are...

    Read More

    Recognizing A Problem With Alcohol

      It can be fun and relaxing to go out for drinks with your friends on Friday nights after a long work week or have a cocktail before bed. Many people drink alcohol and do so regularly, but how do you know when your drinking has become a problem? When many of us think...

      Read More

      Which 12-Step Program Is Right For Me?

        12-Step programs are a common part of addiction recovery. Many treatment programs utilize a 12-Step approach, and many of those recovering choose to attend meetings after they complete their treatment. Attending meetings can help individuals maintain their recovery...

        Read More

        HIRED POWER

        21062 Brookhurst St. #201, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

        ©2021 All Rights Reserved. Design & Development by Goldman Marketing Group | Sitemap | Privacy Policy The information available on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace a medical consultation where a physician's judgment may advise you about specific disorders, conditions and or treatment options. We hope the information will be useful for you to become more educated about your health care decisions. If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact us at