How to Manage Ongoing Medical Conditions During Rehab

How to Manage Ongoing Medical Conditions During Rehab

Physical and mental health are often seen as two different areas for illness and treatment, yet a concern in one rarely exists without having some effect on, or being influenced by, the other. Many people view addiction as a lack of willpower or as a sign of personal weakness, yet it cannot be separated from the body, and treatment that tries to isolate addiction without addressing co-occurring physical and additional mental health concerns will not provide effective, long-term care for recovering addicts.

The Connection Between the Body and Addiction

Addiction’s roots are often in the body. Addicts often face biological risks, or “genetic variations, neurological, structural or functional differences that make them more susceptible to addictive substances” (CASA Columbia, “Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice,” June 2012). When addiction is being treated, these risk factors cannot be ignored, as doing so leaves individuals at greater risk for relapse in the future. Rehab patients must learn additional coping skills and the truth about the causes of their addiction to recover well.

While preexisting biological factors and medical statuses influence the way addiction forms, addiction influences the development of serious health concerns. Drinking leaves individuals at risk for “heart disease, cancer and stroke—alcoholism is linked to cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, chronic pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy, heart arrhythmias, stroke and neoplasms of the liver, pancreas and esophagus” (CASA Columbia). Those problems are a partial list of the effects just one drug can have on immediate and long-term health, but other drugs and methods of use leave individuals with ongoing medical conditions, such as HIV or hepatitis, cancer and heart disease. Rehab programs that overlook physical health cannot offer solutions for long-term sobriety.

Healing After Addiction

Recovery comes through healing both the mind and body; it involves more than a quick detox and a return to the outside world. Quality rehab programs employ addiction recovery specialists and experienced medical professionals who collaborate on long-term recovery solutions. These workers help patients manage co-occurring, ongoing medical conditions, diseases and chronic pain while avoiding addictive medications and recurring negative thought patterns and behaviors. There are real solutions to addiction and health concerns, and we are here to help you find them.

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with a caring and knowledgeable admissions coordinator. She will help you assess your current situation and recovery needs on a physical, medical and psychological level. All conversations are confidential, so pick up the phone now; anyone can achieve recovery, you just need the right help.