Seroquel Can Be a Useful Medication in Early Alcoholism and Addiction Treatment


In the treatment of addiction and alcoholism, there is often psychiatric medications that are prescribed to manage moods and help facilitate an early recovery. Seroquel is such a medication.

Seroquel

Seroquel has been beneficial in our treatment of chemical dependent individuals who are also exhibiting symptoms of a dual diagnosis such as anxiety or depression.

Seroquel (brand name for the drug Quetiapine) is a medication
that is used to treat patients who are exhibiting symptoms of being bi-polar, experiencing anxiety and depression, or presenting symptoms of
schizophrenia.  It is a commonly prescribed medicine in the
field of addiction as many people exhibit these symptoms when first
getting sober.

Seroquel is a good alternative to the commonly prescribed benzodiazepine.  Seroquel is not addictive. Seroquel is often prescribed for sleep disorders as well.

Patients who exhibit symptoms of a dual diagnosis such as:

  • Depressive disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic
    disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and personality disorders

will not necessarily exhibit these symptoms after achieving early sobriety.  It is important for our treatment team to keep a close eye throughout each day on the progress of our clients so that they can manage medication appropriately.

Side Effects of Seroquel

Users of Seroquel often find that they get the “munchies”.  As a result, weight gain is a common side effect. Twitching and uncontrolled leg movement are also commonly reported side effects.  Most users report feeling sedated when they are given Seroquel.

Seroquel is One of Many Tools Employed by our Treatment Team

Seroquel and other psychiatric medications are employed by our consulting psychiatrists when appropriate and monitored closely.  It is just one tool used by our treatment team.  When one of our clients arrives here for treatment they undergo a rigorous assessment by numerous addiction experts who hold a variety of credentials. A personalized treatment program will be created for each client that may include a medication like Seroquel (or topamax, suboxone,  or vivitrol/naltrexone) but will also include a variety of treatment modalities such as:

  • Individual Therapy (required)
  • Group Therapy(required)
  • Lectures and Workshops
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Numerous Individualized 12-step support groups tailored to individual issues (rewquired)
  • Our Family Program facilitated by Kevin McCauley and Dr. Jerry
    Brown

Our entire clinical staff meets weekly to review the progress of every client
in our facility.  We have found that a client’s progress is best determined when
a multidisciplinary team approach is used. If it is determined that a client
needs assistance with any other diagnosis or disorder, he or she is referred to
the appropriate individual and group counselors for appropriate sessions.

At our residential facility for addiction treatment, we treat a wide variety of clients and dependencies. If a client’s situation escalates to require a higher level of care,  we have 25 years of relationships built  with the best clinical professionals in the area. We help these special-needs clients find
qualified specialists and even provide the transportation and supervision that
may be required to get the client to and from an outside provider’s office.