Medications to Avoid
In today’s culture, there is a great deal of confusion about the use of potentially addicting medications in recovery.
It is our philosophy that any medication or substance that can cause addiction should not be prescribed or used in recovery. This philosophy is based on the scientific principle that certain medications or substances activate addiction pathways in the brain. Activating these pathways carries the risk either of developing a new addiction or of relapsing into past addictions. These medications or substances include:
Though there are many debates on the legality of marijuana, the fact remains that it is an addictive substance, and it should not be consumed in any way during recovery.
Amphetamines and methylphenidate are common medications used to treat ADD/ADHD. We do not recommend their use in recovery. These classes include medications such as Vyvanse, Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Concerta, and others.
There are some commonly prescribed or over-the-counter substances that can also be dangerous to use in recovery. These include Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), and dextromethorphan (DXM). If medications to treat coughs, colds, or allergies are needed, it is best to consult an addiction specialist regarding these types of treatments, or call Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery at 810-225-2525 with any questions.
You should read the labels on all foods and medications to see if alcohol is an ingredient. Call the Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery (810-227-1211) if you have questions about any medications.
Recovery is worth the work!