Origins’ Medication Guide for People in Recovery


This guide is a basic primer on medications that people in recovery should treat with care. This guide is broken into two sections. The first contains drugs that should be avoided in recovery (Class A), and the second contains drugs that should be used only be used under the supervision of a doctor (Class B).

Please remember that this guide is only intended as a quick reference and never as a substitute for the advice of your own personal physician. It is essential that you inform each of your doctors, dentists and other health care providers of your substance use disorder history so that medications can be prescribed safely and appropriately.

Never discontinue or make any changes in the doses of medication that you may have been prescribed. Doing so may result in unexpected problems such as withdrawal reactions, which in some cases can be life-threatening.

As sober people, we are responsible for our own recovery.

Drugs to Avoid During Recovery – Class A Drugs

Part of recovery is helping patients to become increasingly mindful of what they consume. This is the case even when it comes to medication. You may assume that Over the Counter medications are entirely safe, but some medications in fact contain alcohol or other elements which could trigger a relapse.

You need to inform your physician of your addiction issues so there are no problems when it comes to prescribing you medication. Never take someone else’s medication. Don’t risk your recovery and sobriety on medications you aren’t sure about, and make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions when taking your own medication.

You can check the list we have curated regarding drugs you should absolutely avoid during recovery so your recovery isn’t threatened by relapse., but communicate with your doctor to see if any alternative medications exist.

Drugs that are Safe to Take During Recovery – Class B Drugs (with Addiction Medicine Specialist/Doctor Approval Only)

Discussing your potential for relapse with your physician is key. We have put together a different list of medications that are suitable to be taken to prevent drug relapse and are not habit-forming.

Part of this list is an extensive inventory of decongestants, nasal sprays, muscle relaxants, sleep aids, and other medications for common issues that should be used with caution and only under the supervision of your doctor as they have the potential to lead to dependency.

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