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Safe Drugs for Recovering Addicts

Safe Drugs for Recovering Addicts

Individuals in addiction recovery have to be especially careful when taking any sort of over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Many of these medications have the potential to trigger a relapse and push the person back into an active addiction. Whether you or a loved one is in recovery, you should know how to identify safe drugs for recovering addicts.

Safe Drugs for Addicts in Recovery

At our Pompano treatment center, we know how easy it can be to fall back into the habit of substance abuse if basic over-the-counter or prescription drugs are misused. An addiction is a chronic disease that can also be referred to as a dependency. As the person’s drug or alcohol abuse persisted, their mind and body grew tolerant and became dependent on the substance. Individuals who hit a point in their substance abuse where they can’t function without using become obsessive and focused on their drug of choice. Even in recovery, it’s easy to replace one obsession for another. However, there are safe drugs for recovering addicts.

Some drugs you can take in recovery include:

  • Hemorrhoid preparations
  • Tylenol
  • Aspirin
  • Aleve
  • Bufferin
  • Dolobid
  • Antacids
  • Midol
  • Non-drowsy cold and allergy medications
  • Vitamins
  • Prescription sleep medications (do not take over the counter medications for sleep)
  • Prescription painkillers

Many recovering addicts tend to become anxious when they’re prescribed with painkillers following an injury, surgery, or operation. This is completely understandable; these kinds of drugs may have contributed to the individual’s active addiction. However, certain pain relievers like ibuprofen, Aleve, and Tylenol are fine. Any heavier painkiller should only be taken if it’s prescribed to you by your doctor. As long as prescription drugs are taken according to their instructions, then relapse can be avoided. For individuals who received treatment in a mental health program for disorders like attention deficit disorder, anxiety, or major depressive disorder, they may be directed to take certain medications by their doctor. Again, these substances should only be taken if they’re prescribed to you by your doctor.

How to Practice Safe Drug Use

While there may be safe drugs for addiction recovery, the individual still needs to be careful. At Banyan Pompano, we know how nerve-wracking it can be to take medication in recovery. That’s why we’ve offered some tips on how to practice safe drug use in sobriety.

Do Not Take Medication from Your Friends or Family

While friends and family members may think they’re helping by providing you with medication, this is not only illegal, but it can also trigger a relapse. Stick to the substances that are safe for you to take. If you have an ailment, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Look for Alcohol-Free Mouthwashes

If you’re a recovering alcoholic, avoid mouthwashes that contain any traces of alcohol. Believe it or not, many individuals suffering from alcoholism will abuse mouthwash for its effects. This can easily land you in the emergency room -- or worse.

Only Take Cold and Flu Medicine if Absolutely Necessary

While certain over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are safe to take, these often contain ingredients that may trigger addiction cravings. Unless your symptoms are unbearable, try to avoid taking these kinds of over-the-counter drugs whenever possible. You can also ask your doctor about safer and natural alternatives.

Avoid Weight-Loss Products

Many weight loss products and pills mimic the effects of stimulants. Severe weight loss can also have a severe impact on your health. While certain vitamins are okay, the less weight loss-related products you take, the better.

Make Sure Your Doctor is Aware of Your Addiction History

It’s imperative to be honest with your doctor about your addiction. Your doctor can avoid prescribing you potentially harmful substances if they know about your past drug or alcohol abuse.

At Banyan Treatment Centers Pompano, we know that certain things have to be avoided when you’re in recovery. Being cautious about the prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications you’re taking can help you avoid relapse and help you stay on the right track. If you are struggling to stay sober, getting help from a relapse prevention program can keep you on track.

If you or a loved one has a drug or alcohol addiction, call us today at 888-966-9413 for more information about our substance abuse treatment center in Pompano.

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
Safe Drugs for Recovering Addicts
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