Recovery Guidelines For Planned
Procedures And/Or Medication Use

  1. Be sure to ask your doctor questions until you are comfortable with your understanding of the reason for the planned procedure and medications.
  2. Have a thorough understanding of what specific medications are planned for use with the procedure, and how long after they are usually required for. (Pain meds, muscle relaxants, sleeping meds, etc.)
  3. Plan ahead. Work with knowledgeable people to develop a well-structured personal treatment plan of: Who will possess your medications?, Who will provide close monitoring of you until the meds are no longer needed?, and How you will access your medications?
  4. Remember, medications and powerful emotional experiences change our brain chemistry, mind and mood for some time after exposure, and may require weeks or more to return to normal. During this time, the risks of relapse (emotional, intellectual, spiritual, chemical) are greatly increased.
  5. Acquire a temporary sponsor or increase contact with your regular sponsor and use the 12-Step process to specifically address the fears, anger and resentments related to the planned procedure or medication use.
  6. Begin or increase attendance at 12-Step meetings and frequently share, in a non-specific way (to avoid a format for opinions), your concerns, feelings, and expectations regarding the procedure or medication use.
  7. Use the medications only as specifically outlined in your personal treatment plan.
  8. Donít self-medicate !!
  9. Keep all appointments with your doctors and therapists. Be honest and open with how you are doing, what your thinking and feelings are, how adequately pain is managed, etc.
  10. Discard all leftover medications when they are no longer actively needed.