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Medications And Addiction Treatment

Ways In Which Dependency Treatment Is Facilitated Via Medicines


The application of various other drugs with the aim of easing extraction symptoms is necessary to reduce chances of starting again by adopting these alternate treatment measures. Prescription drugs help patients in managing the symptoms of withdrawal and control urges to avert relapse. There are cases where recovering patients revert to old drug habits being unable to manage the withdrawal.

Whether you receive treatment from home or stay in a facility, an addict can always receive some prescription drugs to manage the addiction. In order to speed up the rate of recovery from addiction, it may be necessary for physicians to alter the normal dose for an addict.


Some medicines can simulate the symptoms of addictive drugs, which ease the withdrawal side effects and cravings.


Withdrawing And Detoxing From Drugs

Detoxifying the body is the first step towards overcoming addiction. Detox period is the name given to it. The drug used will determine how long the process will take.

It is observed that dealing with the withdrawal symptoms is most difficult for the patient. Ex addicts usually feel some discomfort while trying to remove toxin from the body.


Some of the effects are:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Misery
  • Sickness
  • Epileptic fit or seizures
  • Muscular pains
  • Profuse sweating

Various signs observed during withdrawal processes are treated via the application of various medications. Physician's prescription of arrange of drugs for detox program include:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Drugs used, diminishes unease and touchiness.
  • Cocaine and Heroin are powerful substances that can trigger worries after breaking addiction to them.
  • As a psychoactive drug, Benzodiazepines helps in stabilizing the patient with its sedative effects.
  • Doctors caution prescription of Benzos owing to its addictiveness.
  • Antidepressants
  • With no drug, the addict's body is not able to produce natural quantity of joy - activating chemicals in their brain.
  • Given that for a long period of time the addicts depend on various use of drugs to serve as their source of joy, they often feel disheartened when undergoing detox.
  • Zoloft and Prozac antidepressants can be used to ease feelings of despair pending natural production of chemicals in the brain again prompting happiness.
  • 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.
  • Clonidine can control tremors and seizures.

The history of the addict will determine how serious the problems he will face after quitting. Those with severe cases having been exposed to the drug for a prolonged period of time suffers longer.

Using Valium or Xanax drugs in treating alcohol and benzodiazepines addiction can cause serious health risks if the user quits "cold turkey." There may be difficulties when quitting some addictive substances, although those difficulties are not lethal. The rate of certainty and protection in detox is guaranteed via medical care.

Discussing your problem with a prospective assistant is very important if you are battling dependence on any drug.


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Medications For Alcohol Addiction

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

Regular treatment or medication helps ease these symptoms and even reduce cravings for the substance. These medicines frequently come as a capsule that patients take every day.


Recommended alcohol addiction drugs include:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone assists to shield the brain from craving alcohol pleasure outcome.
  • The desire for alcoholic beverages is also reduced.
  • Feeling pain in the head or nausea might be experienced as an effect of Naltrexone.
  • Once in a month, the drug may be injected.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates mental and physical anxiety provoked by the addiction to alcohol.
  • Acamprosate is recommended for recovering alcohol addicts after detox.
  • Through the means of avoiding negative feelings like unhappiness and anxiety, Acamprosate beats down the urge to drink.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram is considered the first medicine approved for alcoholism.
  • Feeling sick and throwing up are some of the reactions to alcohol from someone who takes the drug.
  • Drinking alcohol while Disulfiram is in the system is almost impossible to do.

Get further information about treatment for addiction to alcohol.


Opiate And Heroin Dependency Medicines

Heroin, morphine and narcotic painkillers are basic opiate drugs. These opioid medications curb cravings and lessen the intensity of withdrawal. Everyday, you will have to take these pills.

A little duration of just a week is enough to undergo Heroin and opiate withdrawal by some people. Other commonly abused drugs have withdrawal symptoms that stay longer. In some circumstances, the effects of withdrawal can last for months or years. PAWS and the desire to take alcohol can be controlled by taking a prescription drug that will help an addict to stay away from these addictive drugs permanently. This allows maintenance medications to be prescribed to patients for as long as they need it.

Heroin and painkillers notable for dependency include:

  • Methadone
  • To terminate opiate addictions, an opiate called Methadone is used.
  • Methadone works on the same principle as Heroin and painkillers. However, the effect of getting the user high is non-existent.
  • This proves effective in cutting cravings and symptoms.
  • Methadone is also a potentially addicting medication hence this is highly regulated despite its medical treatment benefits.
  • This prescription drug is only released patient at the time of dosage to avoid abuse.
  • Get more insight on Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • This is a lesser known addicting alternative to Methadone that is used in treatment centres.
  • 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.
  • 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

You can withdraw from drugs solely. This isn't just more difficult, however it is more risky than detoxing with a doctor. Withdrawal from abusing drugs with assistance of medical personnel is the safest way out. This is non-negotiable for people who practically live on benzos and alcohol.

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

A supervised detoxification can relieve health problems. A patient's fluid level, temperature, heart rate and breathing rate are kept on track by the administering physicians. If the addict feels any discomfort, trained doctors are on hand to help him cope successfully. Doctors also make necessary medication dosage amendments to facilitate the patient's recovery from over time drug addiction. Medical practitioners caution drug dependents with other health issues to seek immediate professional help.

Hypertension may become pronounced after breaking addiction. In which case, immediate medical care is invaluable to avert fatal effects of it.

Detoxification is an indispensable step regardless of inpatient or outpatient program. Inpatient regimen may last for up to 90 days or 3 months. 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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