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Medications And Addiction Treatment

How Do Medications Assist In Addiction Treatment


To prevent the possibility of falling back to a drug or suffering the negative effects of breaking addiction to it, it is important to use some other drugs. Those who are trying to get over addiction can successfully do that if they can use the right drug. The inability to successfully manage challenges of breaking from addiction is responsible for suffering a reversal from recovery.

Whether you receive treatment from home or stay in a facility, an addict can always receive some prescription drugs to manage the addiction. Dosage for drug addiction treatment varies and doctor's prescription to individuals also vary to achieve the patient's desired full recovery outcome.


Studies show that some prescription drugs used to alleviate withdrawal dependency signs have similar signs.


Detoxification And Withdrawal From Drugs

As part of the detoxification process, the patient's body automatically rids itself of the toxic drugs. This period is known as detox. Based on the potency of the drug, the duration of detox ranges from several days to several weeks.

Dealing with the withdrawal side effects is, frequently, the hardest part of detox. During the detoxification process, a previous addict pass through many painful effects.


These symptoms can include:

  • Unease
  • Desolation
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Muscles pains
  • Perspiration

To handle the health challenges of breaking an addiction, a variety of prescription drugs may be used. During detox, some of the drugs prescribed by physicians to patients are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Drugs used, diminishes unease and touchiness.
  • Withdrawal from many drug addictions causing restlessness includes Cocaine and Opium related drugs such as Heroin.
  • Those dealing with quitting abuse of alcohol may find Benzos very useful.
  • Just like any other detox medication, Benzodiazepines are addictive hence it is highly regulated.
  • Antidepressants
  • The abuse of drugs is manifested through abusers sadness due to malfunction of brain chemicals.
  • The ones in detoxification treatment frequently experience depression stages since they have been depending on drugs to keep them delighted for so long.
  • While the brain is struggling to produce the right amount of dopamine, Prozac and Zoloft Be introduced to help ex-addicts overcome depression after quitting the addictive substance.
  • Clonidine
  • Clonidine decreases sweating, cramps, muscle pain and anxious feelings since this medicine is used to treat alcohol and other drugs withdrawals.
  • Clonidine also contains trembling and convulsions conditions.

The history of the addict will determine how serious the problems he will face after quitting. The most dreadful signs are usually experienced by those who indulged in abusing drugs in huge quantity over a long period of time.

A detoxification from alcohol or benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, can be fatal, so people addicted to them should never quit "cold turkey." There may be difficulties when quitting some addictive substances, although those difficulties are not lethal. Professional care offers immediate attention and safe environment during the detoxification process.

It is best to talk, without delay, to someone in the position to help you, if you find yourself living under the plight of addiction.


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Medications For Alcohol Addiction

Making wrong use of alcohol on a common basis for a long-term can extend withdrawal side effects, that could last from weeks to months. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is the name for this experience.

A user could be made to feel disgust towards alcohol or control the way at which the user desires alcohol through maintenance therapy which also reduces PAWS. Everyday, addicts may take the prescription drugs as tablets.


Medicines for addiction to alcohol are:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone works as a barrier to the receptors in the brain, which generate alcohol's satisfying sensations.
  • The desire for alcoholic beverages is also reduced.
  • Feeling pain in the head or nausea might be experienced as an effect of Naltrexone.
  • An injection might be given every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • As this lessens the physiological effects of alcohol.
  • When toxin has been removed from the body, the addict may begin to use the drug as part of their recovery process.
  • This medication lowers the craving for alcohol through its effect on worry and despair.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • The first drug to help people overcome dependence on alcohol is Disulfiram.
  • Feeling sick and throwing up are some of the reactions to alcohol from someone who takes the drug.
  • The concept is that the ones who are taking Disulfiram will not drink since it will make them feel sick.

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Heroin And Opiate Dependence Treatments

The drugs are Heroin, morphine and narcotic anaesthetics such as Oxycontin. Opiate and Heroin medicines comfort cravings and withdrawal side effects. Everyday, you will have to take these pills.

Duration of Heroin and opiate withdrawal varies from a week onwards. Other types of drugs might have a durable withdrawal side effects. In some other instances, the withdrawal symptoms can extend for even months or years. Durable replacement medicines can avoid cravings and PAWS. Medications can be used depending on the duration of which it is needed by former users.

Dependence on Heroin and other sedatives can be controlled by using these:

  • Methadone
  • To terminate opiate addictions, an opiate called Methadone is used.
  • It operates by attaching to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers, however Methadone does not get the person high.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and cravings are to a maximum extent reduced via this medication.
  • Methadone must be used with attention since some people get addicted to the medicine instead of Heroin and painkillers.
  • This prescription drug is dispensed on a daily basis to avoid abuse.
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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.
  • You're allowed to take and use Buprenorphine drug home instead of visiting the clinic on a regular basis for new supply.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone performs the same way for drug addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
  • The urge for continuous usage is terminated by it.
  • The drugs unique interaction with the brain allows its versatility.

Rehabilitation And Detox Medically

You can withdraw from drugs solely. When compared to detoxing with a specialist, this poses more threat and difficulty level. The most effective way to get rid of toxins from the body is through the assistance of doctors. It is highly recommended by the doctors to undergo detox for benzo and alcohol addicts.

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

A supervised detoxification can relieve health problems. Doctors are able to trace patients heart rate, breathing and fluid levels. Immediate medical care is accessible by the patient whenever necessary. 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. Patients with multiple health challenges should seek medical detox program.

Problems like high blood pressure can withdrawal difficult. Any form of arising problems can be tackled by a physician.

Inpatient rehabs usually includes detox. This may take between a month and three. The initial week comprises of a series of detox closely observed. Achieving freedom from addiction requires inclusion of behavioural therapy recovery treatment methods program.

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