Since some over-the-counter medications can lead to addiction, treatment programs can address this type of substance abuse in much the same way other forms of substance abuse are treated.
You may require medical detox, depending on the type of medication you are abusing. The level of care for withdrawal will vary greatly, depending on the substance of abuse. Although caffeine can produce withdrawal symptoms, they are relatively mild and require minor treatment, whereas the abuse of laxatives or DXM might require more intensive treatment.
Therapy is where the bulk of addiction recovery takes place. You’ll spend a good amount of time in therapy, including both individual and group therapy. You’ll also likely participate in support groups and other activities that support a healthy lifestyle.
Because there is a tendency to combine alcohol with many OTC medications, it’s important to be evaluated for alcohol abuse. Alcohol use disorders can produce severe withdrawal symptoms that can be potentially fatal. If it is suspected that you have an alcohol use disorder, close monitoring and medical detox may be required.