Treatment for Ibuprofen Abuse and Addiction

Do You or Someone You Love Need Treatment for an Ibuprofen Dependency?

Are you currently taking Ibuprofen longer than necessary or for non-medical reasons?  Do you feel as though you need to continually take Ibuprofen throughout your day to function normally, even when pain has subsided?  If so, you may be dependent on Ibuprofen, and this could lead to side effects that may be harmful on your body, physically and psychologically.  The long term use of Ibuprofen is associated with several health risks, such as increase chance of liver damage and stomach ulcers.  Psychologically, you may feel unable to do your daily activities unless a dosage of Ibuprofen is consumed.   If your life is adversely affected in any way by an Ibuprofen dependency, you could potentially benefit from professional help or Ibuprofen treatment.  Your willingness to confront this dependency, along with the support from friends and family, can be helpful in overcoming the need for this drug.

Ibuprofen Addiction Rehab Centers

At Addiction Hope, we understand how confusing the process of finding reliable and dependable care for an Ibuprofen dependency can be.  For this reason, we have established a directory with carefully compiled Ibuprofen rehabilitation centers.  Please utilize this helpful tool when deciding on a treatment center for overcoming an Ibuprofen dependency that would be best suited for you and your unique needs.

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Treatment Approach for an Ibuprofen Dependency

While Ibuprofen is not considered to be addictive, there are effective ways to approach an Ibuprofen dependency.  Having a plan will be helpful in decreasing the unnecessary need for the drug on a daily basis. A multi-faceted treatment plan might include a qualified therapist, and supportive friends and family.  This will be the core of a successful approach for overcoming Ibuprofen dependency.

  • Seek your loved ones – The role in healing that your friends and family can participate in is significant. They are an important component in the process for overcoming an Ibuprofen dependency.
  • Find a therapist – A therapist who specializes in addiction to painkillers may be helpful in addressing underlying issues associated with the problem. They will also help find and provide the resources needed for recovery.
  • Engage in support groups and ongoing therapy – Joining a support group will help contribute to the success of overcoming any type of dependency. Ongoing therapy and support groups will help in dealing with the urges to slip back into the ongoing use of Ibuprofen. Their participation is vital and cannot be underestimated.

Ibuprofen Dependency Treatment Levels

The severity of an Ibuprofen dependency and the inclusion of any co-occurring disorders will be evaluated when determining the primary level of treatment needed for recovery.  The following are the most common levels of treatment for Ibuprofen dependency, in order of acuteness:

  • Outpatient Treatment – e.g. seeing a therapist, behavioral counseling and psychotherapy.  Duration of outpatient treatment can vary from months to years depending on the individual need.
  • Support Groups – Support groups fill a valuable role in overcoming an addiction. They provide accountability and understanding as the members have all gone through similar situations.

Types of Therapy for Ibuprofen Addiction

If you or a loved one is suffering with a dependency on Ibuprofen, you may find that behavioral therapies are highly effectual in overcoming this.  By concentrating underlying issues that may be associated with a dependency on Ibuprofen, behavioral therapies are helpful in identifying and treating the root cause of the drug use. The following are common types of behavioral therapies used in Ibuprofen rehabilitation:

  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) – This rehabilitation type pays attention to the interpersonal relationships and cultural roles using concise supportive analysis and works to assist patient’s to uncover better tools to address problems and issues that currently exist. IPT has four main elements which are relationship shortcomings, unresolved grief, role disputes, and role changes.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This type of therapy deals with maladaptive patterns of thought in an effort to influence the patient’s conduct with a more constructive approach. It in turn aids the person in replacing unconstructive coping skills with more constructive ones.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – This level of rehab integrates the common behavioral therapy components of IBT and CBT for the regulation of emotions. The introduction of stress management and mindful awareness are key for this therapy.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – ACT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies combined in various ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies. This is to increase mental and emotional flexibility.
  • Supportive Programs – This includes groups such as the 12 step model similar to Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It also consists of group therapy, support groups, family therapy, etc.

Recovering from an Ibuprofen dependency may be an arduous and painful journey as you uncover and learn to heal from deep rooted issues.  Remember that regardless of how your path may unfold; you are doing what is necessary to regain your life.  You are worthy a life of freedom from Ibuprofen dependency, and there is nothing more valuable than your own health and wellness.  At Addiction Hope, we believe that freedom from drugs and substances can be attained, no matter how impossible it may seem.  We encourage you to take the first step towards recovery by accessing our resources to establish a plan today for Ibuprofen treatment.

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on April 15th, 2013
Published on,  Drug Addiction Resource