I have always had the belief that God (or whomever we want to believe) created drugs for a reason. If someone has a headache, we recommend they take a Tylenol. If someone has sinuses, we recommend they take some Claritin. However, I never fully understood why there is an argument around pharmacotherapy, especially when an individual states that they are an addict and would like to seek treatment. However, I do understand that no one ever sets out to become dependent on drugs. Just like no one ever sets out to being diagnosed with cancer.
It is my opinion that pharmacotherapy is essential to the recovery of an addict. It is important for us to understand that drug use may start with an individual being prescribed something for pain or taking something for recreational use. This drug may relieve that pain or give a heighted feeling of pleasure that caused the individual to continue the drug use. Eventually, this leads the client to have changes in the brain and crave the drug making them dependent on it. Therefore, when this perspective is given to drug use and the way it alters the structure of the brain, I believe it is almost essential to use pharmacotherapy to assist a client. It is my belief that there is no way that an addict can completely do counseling free of drugs that their bodies have become so dependent on. Therefore, when drugs are prescribed that assist with recovery, it is more helpful to getting the client’s life back on track. I have seen the positive effects of this type of therapy working with substance abuse clients this semester and I don’t know how effective it would be to try to do therapy to an individual that was still using drugs as a means to minimize withdraw symptoms or stabilize themselves. It is my belief that pharmacotherapy makes a huge difference in this population. Therefore, I fully support it!