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Therapy And Medication For Drug Abuse

How Do Medications Assist In Addiction Treatment


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. Prescriptions can help the recovering addicts to stay sober. 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. 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.


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


Withdrawing And Detoxing From Drugs

The addict has to remove every trace of drug within itself during the preliminary phases of re-coping. This detoxification process takes time. From days to several weeks, the detox treatment period depends on how addicted the person is to the drug.

The most difficult aspect of it is how to deal with the challenges of breaking the addiction. Drug abusers are constrained to unpleasant feelings during withdrawal.


Specific notable signs could include:

  • Nervousness
  • Dejection
  • Nausea
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle pains
  • Perspiration

Various signs observed during withdrawal processes are treated via the application of various medications. During detox, some of the drugs prescribed by physicians to patients are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • This medication treats mood swings and restlessness of the patient.
  • Restlessness or anxiety is the most commonly observed symptom of drug abuse.
  • As a psychoactive drug, Benzodiazepines helps in stabilizing the patient with its sedative effects.
  • Just like any other detox medication, Benzodiazepines are addictive hence it is highly regulated.
  • 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 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
  • Clonidine decreases sweating, cramps, muscle pain and anxious feelings since this medicine is used to treat alcohol and other drugs withdrawals.
  • It treats muscle spasm, pains, seizures and anxiety.

It is duly observed that the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms depends on the severity of addiction. The best hit are heavy addicts who have depended on drugs for years.

Using Valium or Xanax drugs in treating alcohol and benzodiazepines addiction can cause serious health risks if the user quits "cold turkey." It can be argued that withdrawals are not fatal but we should not discount the possibility of secondary issues arising from underlying problems. The rate of certainty and protection in detox is guaranteed via medical care.

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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Medication For Alcohol Abuse

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

Regular treatment or medication helps ease these symptoms and even reduce cravings for the substance. The maintenance drugs come in tablets and are ingested by patients on a daily basis.


Medications for alcohol addiction include:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • The part of the brain that is responsible for making people feel intoxicated is usually inhibited by Naltrexone.
  • It also moderates the desire to drink.
  • Naltrexone might provoke some nauseous feelings or headaches.
  • At an interval of four weeks, it might be administered via injections.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates mental and physical anxiety provoked by the addiction to alcohol.
  • Acamprosate is recommended for recovering alcohol addicts after detox.
  • Worries and dejection are some of the factors responsible for drinking alcohol and can be brought under control by using Acamprosate.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram is considered the first medicine approved for alcoholism.
  • When someone that is taking Disulfiram drinks alcohol, the medicine provokes some symptoms like nausea and vomiting.
  • Drinking alcohol while Disulfiram is in the system is almost impossible to do.

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Opiate And Heroin Dependency Medicines

Heroin, morphine and narcotic painkillers are basic opiate drugs. Taking opiate and Heroin medications relieves withdrawal sign urges. For an everyday consumption interval these medications are made available in tablet form.

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. It can reach for up to a year or two in some cases. 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. There is no time limits for ex abusers of Heroin and some other sedatives.

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

  • Methadone
  • This opium-based drug is used to treat severe cases of addiction.
  • While it has no intoxicating effects on the users, it's mode of operation in the brain is similar to that of sedatives and Heroin.
  • This assists overcoming cravings and withdrawal side effects.
  • Methadone should be used in moderation to prevent this drug for treatment of Heroin and painkillers becoming a substitute addiction.
  • In order to make it impossible to abuse this drug, health centres give their patients daily dosage only.
  • Acquire Methadone adequate knowledge.
  • 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 is used for treating alcohol dependency withdrawal signs similar to treating opium addiction.
  • It stops the desire to use it.
  • The drugs unique interaction with the brain allows its versatility.

Medical Detoxification And Rehabilitation

Some will pick to detox by themselves. When compared to detoxing with a specialist, this poses more threat and difficulty level. Medical detoxification is the most excellent method to get sober in a secure and appropriate surrounding. Medical detox should be considered mandatory for alcohol or benzos addicts.

The first line of defence against drug addiction treatment requires coordinated detox program.

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. Medications are also regulated and re-calibrated depending on the patient's need. Medical practitioners caution drug dependents with other health issues to seek immediate professional help.

Hypertension may become pronounced after breaking addiction. Any form of arising problems can be tackled by a physician.

Those who take their treatment at rehab centres have the benefit of detoxification. 30 to 90 days is normally the duration of an inpatient rehabilitation. Supervised toxin removal is done within the first 7 days. Achieving freedom from addiction requires inclusion of behavioural therapy recovery treatment methods program.

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