Can I Take My Medication in Treatment?

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“Can I take my medication while in a rehab program?” That’s a question many of our potential clients ask. It is not unusual for people with substance use disorders to have other medical problems. Those who have health concerns must be able to take their medications while they are in recovery. Being in a hospital-based facility means being able to do so safely.

Substance Use and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

People with substance use disorder may have medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes unrelated to their substance use. Others have health problems resulting from their drug use, such as cocaine users who have damaged their hearts. Both groups may require prescription medications to deal with their health problems while in rehab.

  • Researchers estimate that over half of patients evaluated each year for chest pain related to cocaine use are admitted to hospitals for evaluation of heart disease. About 6% show evidence of a heart attack. 
  • Duke University researchers found that of 263 patients with high-risk diabetes likely to lead to hospitalization or death, almost 13% had an alcohol use disorder. Another 23% had a drug use disorder. 
  • Of more than 100,000 liver disease deaths in 2021, almost half involved alcohol. Alcohol misuse also puts people at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, stomach bleeding, and some forms of cancer.
  • One in nine hospitalizations is for adults with alcohol or substance use disorder, but most hospitals do not offer addiction care. 

If you have a medical condition that requires medication and you need help for a substance use disorder, an inpatient medical facility where you can be treated for both can help you recover.

Can I Take My Medication in Rehab?

You should not have to choose between treating your substance use disorder and a medical condition. Hospital-based addiction treatment centers such as Hemet Valley Recovery Center can accommodate both.

We are a 263-bed acute care hospital licensed as a Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Hospital. We are also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission. This allows us to provide hospital-based care for your medical conditions and your substance use disorder.

Our facility employs more than 185 physicians who represent most medical disciplines and can help ensure you take medications that help treat your medical condition, such as heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, and chronic pain while recovering. Because you will also be recovering from substance use disorder, we will limit your medications to non-narcotic prescriptions.

Our nurses and doctors will oversee your regimen and ensure you have a medication management plan that works for you. We can help you maintain your physical health while undergoing medical detoxification or in a long-term inpatient or outpatient recovery program.

Contact Hemet Valley Recovery Center for Help

Seeking help for a substance use disorder is difficult for everyone, but it can be more difficult if you are also worried about managing your diabetes, heart disease, or other health problems. Let the doctors at Hemet Valley Recovery Center help you fight back against substance use while also ensuring you get the medications you need for a healthy life. Take the first step by contacting us today at 833-310-1898, or fill out our confidential contact form