Individuals experiencing drug and alcohol addiction go to rehab centers for help. Unfortunately, in many cases, the same rehab facility that was supposed to offer a helping hand may worsen a patient’s cycle of addiction.
That’s especially true when patients work with brokers who make money by sending as many people as possible to rehab centers (many of which are not the best) in return for a financial kickback. In addition, many rehab centers have given addiction patients illicit drugs in exchange for their continued stay at a particular facility.
On the surface, this seems like a moral dilemma for the patient. However, rehab centers that give patients illegal drugs share most of the blame. They may be liable for committing rehabilitation center malpractice.
If your rehab facility negligently gives you unlawful and addicting drugs or causes you a significant bodily injury, you may be eligible to recoup significant damages for your suffering. Contact The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. today to discuss the details of your case.
How Should Medications Be Used During Drug Rehab?
Generally, drug and alcohol rehab centers are responsible for their patient’s well-being. That includes monitoring a patient’s health, providing appropriate interventions, and administering appropriate medication.
For the most part, medication administration in drug rehab facilities should be reserved for the following:
- Drug addiction symptom management
- Relapse prevention
- Drugs for co-occurring medical conditions
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved many drugs for use during a stay at rehab, including prescriptions for addictions to opioids, alcohol, and tobacco. However, medication is only one part of drug rehab. Rehabilitation patients also require individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and other collaborative interventions.
What Drug Rehab Centers Are Not Allowed to Use
Drug rehab centers must adhere to strict medical guidelines when administering medication and drugs to patients. That means that the prescribed drugs must be:
- FDA approved
- Used for viable medical treatments
- Prescribed by a physician for a specific patient
Furthermore, drug and rehab centers must consider a patient’s medical and addiction history before administering certain drugs. Under no circumstances are drug rehab facilities allowed to give patients illegal drugs or medications not prescribed by a qualified physician. If they do, the facility may be liable for injuries and continued addictions resulting from improperly prescribed or administered drugs.
If your addiction recovery experience hasn’t been what you expected, or you’ve suffered severe injuries from your rehab facility, it’s in your best interest to contact a drug and rehab malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Drug And Rehab Malpractice Lawyer Today
Drug rehabilitation centers should be the best place for individuals to overcome addiction. However, in many cases, that’s the opposite of the truth. If you’ve been injured or suffered unnecessary setbacks in your drug recovery due to rehab negligence, were here to help.
Contact The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., for a free case evaluation with a California drug and rehab malpractice lawyer you can trust.