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Addiction Treatment And Medications

How The Use Of Medications Can Help Treating Addiction


With the aim to manage withdrawal symptoms and avert relapse most treatment programs utilize prescription drugs. A recovering addict can easily be in a clear state of mind via the use of medications. There are cases where recovering patients revert to old drug habits being unable to manage the withdrawal.

In both forms of an inpatient or outpatient therapy scheme, prescription of medications for addiction based treatments might occur. The doctors might regulate dosages over the course of treatment to guarantee that addicts have the greatest possibility of accomplishing sobriety.


The desire to take more of the drug or health challenges of quitting an addictive substance can be replicated by some drugs.


Detoxification And Withdrawal From Drugs

As part of the detoxification process, the patient's body automatically rids itself of the toxic drugs. This detoxification process takes time. Depending on the severity of the addiction, this process may last from few days to weeks.

Challenges of managing withdrawal signs cause challenges to restrain from taking drugs. The symptoms are unsettling that it makes the experience dreadful for the patient.


These symptoms can include:

  • Nervousness
  • Misery
  • Feeling sick
  • Convulsion
  • Muscle pain
  • Profuse sweating

There are varied prescription drugs that are being used to treat the different withdrawal symptoms of the patient. During detox, some of the drugs prescribed by physicians to patients are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Unnecessary worries and short temper will be slowed down Benzodiazepines.
  • Feeling anxious is a regular side effects of withdrawal from a variety of drugs, such as Cocaine and Opiates like Heroin.
  • Benzos have a calming symptom, which comforts alcohol withdrawals.
  • Just like any other detox medication, Benzodiazepines are addictive hence it is highly regulated.
  • Antidepressants
  • Ridding the patient's system of the drug during detox meant removing its source of artificial inducer the happy hormones.
  • The ones in detoxification treatment frequently experience depression stages since they have been depending on drugs to keep them delighted for so long.
  • Zoloft and Prozac are antidepressants that can assist comforting the side effects until the brain is capable to generate happy sensations - inducing chemicals on its own again.
  • Clonidine
  • Sweating, muscular pains, cramps and worriedness are effects that can be relieved via the use of Clonidine, as it is administered to alcohol and opiate withdrawals to treat them.
  • It treats muscle spasm, pains, seizures and anxiety.

The harshness of withdrawal effects changes according to the past drug use. Using huge amounts of drugs over a long period of time present greatest withdrawal challenging signs.

It is not advisable to rely on self-medication if you are trying to get rid of alcohol or other addictive substances such as Xanax or Valium from your body. Denouncing using drugs is not catastrophic; however, there are bad side effects. The rate of certainty and protection in detox is guaranteed via medical care.

It is strongly advised that you seek support or assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction.


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Alcohol Addiction And Medications

The duration of withdrawal symptoms can be extended from weeks to months, if there exists a constant abuse of alcohol. This incident is known as Prolonged or Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

In the event of PAWS, sustained treatment from addiction is necessary to prevent desire for drug abuse relapse. Daily tablets made for the consumption of patients is a general form for these medications.


Below are some medications used to treat alcohol withdrawal:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • The brain's receptors in charge of making available the pleasing effects of taking alcohol is blocked by Naltrexone.
  • Craving for alcohol is also suppressed by this drug.
  • Using Naltrexone could cause vomiting or headaches.
  • Naltrexone is administered to the patient through injection monthly.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates mental and physical anxiety provoked by the addiction to alcohol.
  • Acamprosate can be used by alcoholics trying to recover after completely undergoing detox.
  • Worries and dejection are some of the factors responsible for drinking alcohol and can be brought under control by using Acamprosate.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • This is the first medication ever approved to treat withdrawal symptoms for alcoholism.
  • When someone that is taking Disulfiram drinks alcohol, the medicine provokes some symptoms like nausea and vomiting.
  • Drink while taking Disulfiram and get sick, that is the rationale behind this medication.

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Opiate And Heroin Dependency Medicines

The drugs are Heroin, morphine and narcotic anaesthetics such as Oxycontin. Taking opiate and Heroin medications relieves withdrawal sign urges. These medicines are frequently offered in capsule form on a daily routine.

Some people will pass through the experience of Heroin and opiate withdrawal for about a week. Some people may face this problem for a long period of time. It can reach for up to a year or two in some cases. PAWS and cravings can be annulled via long-term replacement medications. Medications can be used depending on the duration of which it is needed by former users.

Heroin and painkillers notable for dependency include:

  • Methadone
  • If dependence on a painkiller is not serious, Methadone will be used to control it.
  • Methadone works on the same principle as Heroin and painkillers. However, the effect of getting the user high is non-existent.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and cravings are to a maximum extent reduced via this medication.
  • As a replacement for sedatives and Heroin, a few users have developed dependence on Methadone, the very reason it's use must be moderated.
  • In order to make it impossible to abuse this drug, health centres give their patients daily dosage only.
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  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Given the existence of a lower chance towards being addicted, the regulation of Buprenorphine is lesser even though it functions in the same way as Methadone.
  • Its regulation is not as tight as Methadone that patients can take the pills home with them.
  • Naltrexone
  • For both dependence on alcohol or sedatives, Naltrexone function in similar fashions.
  • Naltrexone prohibits longing for the drug.
  • Since alcohol and Opiates stimulate some of the same receptors in the brain, Naltrexone works for both addictions.

Rehab And Medical Detoxification

Without any external factors, few individuals decide to undergo detox. This isn't just more difficult, however it is more risky than detoxing with a doctor. A supervised detox is far safer and effective than the DIY option. For the people who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must do.

To stop dependence on any form of drug, it is advisable to seek medical assistance.

Matters relating to one's health can be improved via supervised detox. Doctors are able to trace patients heart rate, breathing and fluid levels. Doctors can assist by alleviating any displeasure the patient may be experiencing. While they think of a permanent solution to the problem, they makes some changes to an addict's prescription drugs according to his or her special needs. The ones with health problems should also look for medical detoxification.

Withdrawal from addiction can cause high blood pressure. Any form of arising problems can be tackled by a physician.

Detoxification is frequently a part of inpatient rehabilitations. The duration of 30 to 90 days is used by inpatient rehab in most cases. A closely watched detox is what consist the first week. In order to achieve its objectives, helping an addict to recover fully may involve training him to make some changes in his attitude.

It is advised to look for a rehab having medical detox as soon as possible, if either yourself or a close friend or family member needs support in becoming sober call 0800 246 1509.