When individuals struggle with mental health issues, it’s sometimes necessary to prescribe medications to help with treatment. For some conditions, therapy alone is not enough to cope. Some depressive disorders and anxiety disorders require medication to help brain chemistry adjust in conjunction with the various therapeutic approaches. Similarly, for certain individuals struggling with substance use disorders, Medication-Assisted Treatment is the best way to deal with withdrawal symptoms and cravings as they engage in therapy to work through the mental aspects of addiction. Insight Into Action Therapy uses a dynamic medication management system to ensure you or a loved one maintain the treatment regime they need to live a balanced life.
Medication Management for Mental Health
Anxiety disorders and depressive disorders respond well to several medications. Exploring the benefits of psychiatric medications can be extremely helpful. Perhaps the most common medication used in conjunction with therapy includes SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake Inhibitors). Because everyone’s genetic makeup is different, and every experience with mental health issues unique, a medication that works for one person may not work for another. After careful discussion and evaluation, the appropriate medication will be determined. When taken appropriately with therapeutic services, medication can lead to significant improvements in symptoms.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. To maintain positive mental health, individuals engage in individual, group, or family therapy at various points in their life. Sometimes a psychiatric evaluation shows an individual is struggling with a more severe mental health issue like depression, anxiety, or trauma. In these instances, it may be necessary to conduct an assessment and examination to determine if you or a loved one’s brain chemistry would benefit from prescription medication. If counselors and therapists determine a need, it becomes critical to have a clear medication management plan. Prescription medications aren’t a solution to mental health issues. They are another tool used in conjunction with therapy to help individuals improve their mental health and overcome their issues.
Medication for Substance Use Disorder
It’s vital to pay attention to the medication individuals are prescribed. Some medications can be addictive if there is lax supervision. Addictive medications such as benzodiazepines are typically recommended only for very short-term relief of extreme anxiety. They are never used as a long-term option and require a specially-written prescription. For individuals struggling with alcohol use disorder and working to maintain their sobriety, we recommend Acamprosate (Campral). This drug has been proven to delay the number of days to relapse into dependent drinking and limit the severity of relapse if it occurs. If you or a loved one are looking to abstain or moderate drinking, Naltrexone or the suspended release injectable form (Vivitrol) can blunt cravings. Regular use has been proven effective in helping people to moderate their alcohol use in one sitting.
Insight Into Action Therapy
When individuals require medication to address their mental health or substance use issues, it’s important to have support. At Insight Into Action Therapy, you will have at least an hour-long evaluation and follow up sessions for 30 minutes. We monitor progress and adjust medication as needed responding to both the individual’s input and medical status. Our clinical team can help make sure individuals stay on their medication regime without issue. Also, if need be, we can adjust or change an individual’s medication upon assessment.
Medication management is a component of the range of programs we offer at Insight Into Action Therapy, which includes:
No matter your needs or that of your loved ones, our team of experts can help. So reach out today at 703.935.8544 and explore the services we provide.