While in recovery, there are certain details your medical doctor needs to know in addition to your therapist or recovery doctor. By sharing this information you are enabling your doctor to provide you with proper care.
The four pieces of information you must tell your doctor include:
What medicines you are taking.
Not just what medicine but also what dose and how many times a day. Include over-the-counter medicines and supplements as well, not just prescriptions. There could be possible interactions between medications you are not aware of. If you dislike how the medicine makes you feel, discuss this as well.
What Medicines Your Need to Avoid to Maintain Sobriety.
If you know of any specific medicines you should avoid to stay sober, tell your doctor. Be sure to disclose to your doctor all medications you are taking and have taken in the last couple months as some medicines stay in your system for a few weeks. Address your concerns in a direct manner. If you feel you would like to try some alternative therapy, do not hesitate to say so.
What side effects you are having, if any.
Be very honest and direct about any side effects you are experiencing. There are serious side effects such as suicidal thoughts, self-injury and depression that are common side effects with some medications. Other less serious side effects include: nervousness, dizziness, rashes and nausea. Disclose to your doctor all side effects. Even if you are not sure whether or not something is a side effect, tell your doctor.
If you are having addiction cravings.
Be sure to let your doctor know if you are having cravings for your addiction. This is normal, so do not be ashamed; tell your doctor. He or she wants to help and will have information and suggestions you can implement. Do not assume your doctor will just give you more medicine. Many times your doctor may want to prescribe a new diet or workout regimen to help improve your life.
Open communication with your doctor is the best way to help you move forward in recovery. If you feel something is preventing you from clearly expressing your situation, tell your doctor. Be intentional, honest and open so your doctor can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you need help with your addiction call our helpline and talk to one of our counselors. They will answer your questions and give you the information you need.