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Addiction Treatment

How Medications Can Help Addiction Treatment


A lot of efficient addiction treatment programs need the use of other drugs to help withdrawal side effects and decrease the chance of relapse. Medicine can make it painless for recovering addicts to keep in sobriety. Intensive and most severe withdrawal symptoms cause many to go back to taking drugs. Prescribed medication can be given to the patient as part of both inpatient and outpatient programs. In order to provide the best possibility of accomplishing sobriety, doctors might adapt medication doses during the progress of treatment.


Some medicines can imitate the symptoms of habit-forming drugs, which alleviates withdrawal effects and cravings.


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxing

During the first steps of recovery, the system must remove the drugs from itself. This stage is known as the detox period. Based on the drug, the detoxification process can last from several days to several weeks.

The real challenge for the patient is coping with the terrible withdrawal symptoms. The exact nature of the drug use will determine how severe the withdrawal symptoms will be. The ones that were using opiates in high dosages for a long-term have the worst side effects.


There are many uncomfortable symptoms that may be experienced during this stage of recovery. Some of these are:

  • Apprehension
  • Feeling depressed
  • Sickness
  • Convulsive attack
  • Muscle pain
  • Sweating

Different medicines are prescribed to help various withdrawal side effects. The medicines which are given by doctors in detox are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiety and crabbiness can be decrease by these medicines.
  • One of the common side effect of withdrawal from drugs is Anxiety.
  • The recommended Benzos give a soothing feeling that helps withdrawal also from alcohol.
  • Since the benzos are potentially addictive too, doctors prescribe them with care.
  • Antidepressants
  • Depression is common in withdrawal as the brain has problems producing the 'happy hormones' that are naturally produced.
  • When they stop taking the drugs, these people go through dejection and feelings of hopelessness.
  • Until the brain is capable to generate joy - inducing chemicals by itself again, antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Prozac, can assist when it comes to alleviating these sensations.
  • Clonidine
  • For relief of sweating, aching muscles, cramps and paranoia in alcohol and opiate withdrawal Clonidine is used.
  • Clonidine is useful for controlling shivering and convulsions.

People who are detoxing from alcohol or Benzodiazepines for instance Valium or Xanax must never leave "cold turkey" in middle as their withdrawal sign can be fatal. Other drugs withdrawal symptoms are less deadly, but it is good to take caution as there are always risks. Detoxifying under medical supervision makes sure things are done right and raises the chances of beating the addiction.

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Addiction Medication

The period of withdrawal signs range from several weeks to months depending on the extended time of abusing alcohol regularly. This occurrence is known as prolong or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

PAWS can help relieve cravings or make the patient unable to tolerate alcohol. These medicines frequently come as a capsule that patients take every day.


Alcohol addiction medication includes:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • The brain receptors that produce pleasurable effects in the presence of alcohol are blocked by Naltrexone.
  • In addition, it keeps in control the craving to drink.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • Alcoholism can produce side effects such as emotional and physical distress and Acamprosate can relieve these.
  • Recovering alcoholics may begin taking Acamprosate once the detoxification is completed.
  • The craving for alcohol is reduced by Acamprosate since it holds back feelings such as depression and anxiousness.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Alcohol addicts were first given the medication of Disulfiram.
  • When someone that is taking Disulfiram drinks alcohol, the medicine provokes effects like nausea and vomiting.
  • Recovering users do not want to take alcohol when they are on disulfiram because they feel sick if they do.

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Heroin And Drug Addiction Medicines

Drugs in the opiate group are Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms of recovering from opiate addiction can be eased by some medications. Opiate and Heroin are available in tablet forms.

Everyone has a different withdrawal experience and for some it may only last as little as a week. Long- term withdrawal symptoms can be experienced by some people. Cases of withdrawal symptoms that have lasted for months and even years have been recorded. PAWS and desires can be controlled by long-term replacement medicines. A recovering addict should take these medicines until they are completely free.

Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is a drug used for mild to serious addictions.
  • Methadone never get the addicts high and attaches to the similar receptors in the brain for working.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use are reduced by this.
  • Because Methadone also has the capacity to cause addiction, it is usually prescribed cautiously.
  • Every day, many doses of Methadone are dispensed by Methadone clinics.
  • Additional Facts about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone but has a less potential to cause addiction and isn't regulated as much.
  • For Buprenorphine it is not necessary to go clinic and get it regularly, the patient can also take it at home.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works for both Opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.
  • Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
  • Some of the brain receptors activated by alcohol and opiates are the same and this is why this drug works for both addictions.

Centres For Medical Detox And Rehab

Some people pick detoxification on their own. Home detox can be harder and more dangerous than attending a rehab centre. A safe and comfortable location such as a rehab centre is the best way to gain sobriety. For the ones who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must.

It is wise to start the first step in addiction treatment with a medically supervised detox program.

Many health problems can be dealt with in a medically supervised detox. Doctors and other medical staff are available to monitor the patient's vital signs. If the patient experiences discomfort, they can be eased with the help of the doctor. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.

Patients with other health complications would be well advised to go on a medical detox. High blood pressure is one of the problem of withdrawals. Any type of issue is solved by the doctor.

Inpatient rehab often includes detox. In some circumstances, inpatient rehabilitation takes from 30 to 90 days. Constant supervision is given during the first week of detox. Treatment in rehab centres also incorporates psychological counselling for an all round recovery.

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