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Medication Management

Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC

Psychiatrists & Mental Health Providers located in Warner Robins, GA

Medication is a valuable tool in combating the effects of mental health disorders and problems like substance abuse. If you’re concerned about the medications you’re taking, the medication management services provided by William Scott, MD, and the team at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC in Warner Robins, Georgia, can help. As well as reviewing your prescriptions, the team can assess you for substance abuse programs like MAT (medication-assisted treatment). Call Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC today for more information, or book an appointment online.

Medication Management Q & A

What is medication management?

Medication management is a broad term that covers the use and monitoring of psychopharmaceutical medicines. 

These medications can play a vital role in restoring health to people suffering from a range of mental health disorders. Periodic checking of the medicines you’re taking is important to ensure that you’re only taking what you need and to minimize your risk of experiencing side effects.

The Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC team also looks at medications you’re taking for physical health problems. They can see if there’s any risk of a combination of medications causing side effects or affecting your mental health condition. 

If you have more than one mental health disorder – for example, depression and an eating disorder – the team monitors your medications to ensure the medication you’re taking for each condition is suitable.

Some prescription medications can lead to addiction or suicide, and this is becoming an increasingly common problem in the United States. Most suicides occur in patients with a psychiatric disorder, so helping you avoid prescription drug addiction and misuse is an essential aspect of medication management. 

In addition, over a third of Americans are prescribed medications that list suicide as a side effect. Some examples include Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. The team ensures you are prescribed the appropriate medication depending on your lifestyle and any risk factors.

The Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC team also provides medication-assisted treatment, a specific program for helping people who have substance abuse issues. 

What is medication-assisted treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) involves the use of medications, counseling, and behavior modification to address the problem of substance abuse.

MAT is most commonly used to treat opioid addiction. Both illegal substances like heroin and prescription pain-killing medicines containing opiates can cause opioid addiction. The medication used in MAT programs helps to:

  • Normalize brain chemistry
  • Block euphoric effects
  • Relieve physiological cravings
  • Normalize body functions

MAT uses medications that achieve these aims while reducing the side effects of withdrawal from the abused drug.

Patients at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC can get help through an accredited opioid treatment program (OTP). In addition to medication management, you also receive counseling, educational and vocational support, and medical care when you’re in an OTP.

What medications does MAT use?

The medications used in MAT aren’t a direct substitute for the opioid to which you’re addicted. Rather, they relieve the withdrawal symptoms associated with coming off opioids and control the psychological cravings withdrawal causes.

Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are the drugs most commonly used in MAT programs for withdrawal from opioids. Some patients also receive an injectable drug called naloxone to prevent an opioid overdose.

If you’re on a MAT program for alcohol use disorder, you might take disulfiram, acamprosate, or naltrexone.

MAT involves careful medication management to ensure you take the optimal amount of medication designed to help you with addiction. When managed correctly by experts like the team at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC, the medications used in MAT cause no harm to your intelligence or mental and physical health.

How do I access medication management services?

You can access medication management services by contacting Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC. A regular review of the medicines you’re taking is a good idea for anyone who uses prescription medication. 

If you have a substance abuse problem, you might benefit from taking part in a MAT program, which you can discuss with the team. They can assess your suitability and arrange your participation.

Call Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC today to find out more or book an appointment online.