At the Bay Addiction and Detoxification Center, relapse prevention is a very important part of our program. It is imperative that appropriate support and skilled medical care is continued. Treatment begins with detoxification, but it doesn’t end there. Living life without drugs and alcohol is a lifelong process.
To prevent relapse, you need time to fully recover from the effects of drugs and alcohol. Your brain and body need to heal, reset, rebuild, and rewire the damaged receptors. In complicated or severe cases, we can also refer you for in-patient detoxification. Dr.Kanen is the medical director of the Chemical Dependency Unit, at Mills-Peninsula Hospital. We can directly admit you for in-patient detoxification if the need arises. We can also arrange for your admission to be anonymous.
It is a rop priortity that ypu incorporate a recoverry program into your life which may include the following:
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Continued medical care from an addiction medicine specialist
ANTI-CRAVING/RELAPSE PREVENTION MEDICATIONS
There are several medications which help to prevent cravings and relapse. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist and is often used to treat alcohol and opioid dependence. It works by blocking the pleasurable effects of the alcohol and opiates produce in the brain and it helps to reduce cravings. Naltrexone is prescribed in both oral and injectable forms.
There are also other medications which can be prescribed for alcohol cravings including Campral, Baclofen, and Topamax. Antabuse can also be used as a deterrent medication for alcohol.