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Addiction Treatment

How Medications Can Help Addiction Treatment


During the detox, some people need to be given medications to counter or reduce the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms they experience which could cause them to go back to using drugs again. Staying sober can be much easier for a recovering addict with the help of medication. Some people striving to quit drugs or alcohol relapse since they cannot deal with withdrawal side effects. A patient can be put on these medications for the relief of withdrawal symptoms either as an in or out patient. The adjustment of dosage in treatment is only made for user to achieve proper soberness.


These medicines can ease withdrawal side effects and desires.


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxification

During the first steps of recovery, the system must remove the drugs from itself. This is known as the detoxification time. Depending on what drug one has been taking and for how long, the rehab process can take many days to many weeks.

The most difficult stage of detox is dealing with withdrawal side effects. Depending on the usage and history of drug, the rigorousness of withdrawal signs may vary. The most terrible signs are appeared in the case of those who have been using the drugs for longer period of time with high dosage.


The patient may experience horrible symptoms during detox. There symptoms include:

  • Stress
  • Intense sadness
  • Feeling Nauseous
  • Convulsive attack
  • Body pain
  • Sweating

Different medicines are prescribed to help various withdrawal side effects. Some of the drugs prescribed are as follows:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiety and crabbiness can be decrease by these medicines.
  • Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
  • Benzodiazepines can help ease these side effects during withdrawal.
  • Since the benzos are potentially addictive too, doctors prescribe them with care.
  • Antidepressants
  • These medicines help the user to feel good and create natural happiness in their brain.
  • People recovering from drug addiction tend to suffer from depression since their brains can't produce dopamine normally.
  • To avoid such feelings till the time the brain itself starts producing happiness-inducing chemicals, Zoloft and Prozac (antidepressants) should be used.
  • Clonidine
  • Clonidine can reduce anxiousness, muscle aches, sweating and cramps and is used to treat withdrawal from opioids and alcohol.
  • Clonidine save you from seizures and shivering.

The ones detoxing from alcohol or Benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, should never quit "cold turkey" since it may be fatal. Withdrawal from other Opiates aren't constantly deadly, however difficult situations can still appear. Detoxifying under medical supervision makes sure things are done right and raises the chances of beating the addiction.

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Addiction Medication

Making wrong use of alcohol on a normal basis for a long-term can extend withdrawal side effects, which could last from weeks to months. When withdrawal symptoms last longer than usual, this is referred to as Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

Medications prescribed for PAWS are also active in stopping the urge to use and make the user unable to hold alcohol in their stomach. This type of medication is usually in the form of a tablet taken each day.


Alcohol addiction medication includes:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol) stops the brain from producing pleasure chemicals in reaction to alcohol intake.
  • The urge to drink can be reduced.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • The psychological and bodily stress emanating from alcohol abuse is relieved by taking Acamprosate (Campral).
  • Recovering alcoholics may begin taking Acamprosate once the detoxification is completed.
  • This medication reduces the urge to drink as it prevents negativity including depression and paranoia.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • This was the first approved medication for alcohol abuse.
  • Disulfiram causes sickness and vomiting if alcohol is consumed at the same time.
  • It was hoped that the fact that taking alcohol would make them sick would prevent the recovering addicts from drinking.

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Treatment Medicine For Heroin And Opiate Addiction

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. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.

Some people may pass through Heroin and Opiate withdrawal for about a week. Long-term withdrawal symptoms may also be experienced by others. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years for some people. Extended replacement medicines can put an end to strong desires and PAWS. Medications are usually prescribed to recovering addicts for as long as is necessary.

Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:

  • Methadone
  • An Opioid, Methadone is used to help with detoxification from opiate drug dependencies.
  • Methadone doesn't cause intoxication but it binds onto the same brain receptors as opiates and prevents further use of drugs to get the high feeling.
  • This assists curb strong desires and withdrawal side effects.
  • People become addict of Methadone in place of Heroin and painkillers if it is not use carefully.
  • Methadone clinics manage the drug on daily routine to avoid abuse.
  • You can find out more about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine is less potent than Methadone though it works on the same principles, it is not as highly controlled.
  • Those on Buprenorphine are allowed to take their prescription home instead of visiting the treatment centre daily.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
  • Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
  • Since alcohol and opiates work on the same brain nerve endings, Naltrexone can stop both the same way.

Medical Detox And Rehab

It is possible to detox at home. Choosing detox on your own is not only difficult but also more hazardous than detoxing with physician. A safe and comfortable location such as a rehab centre is the best way to gain sobriety. Alcohol and benzos addictions detox can only work in a medical environment.

Detox in a safe and comfortable environment if the first step to sobriety.

Health complications are avoided in a medical detox program. The patient's vital signs and fluid levels can be monitored by a doctor. If the patient experiences discomfort, they can be eased with the help of the doctor. Another advantage is that doctors will adjust dosages as the patient response dictates and can advise on long-term treatment schedules.

Medical detox is for anyone facing health problems. Withdrawals can make situations difficult such as high blood pressure. A doctor may avoid any problems.

Inpatient rehab often includes detox. A person typically requires one to three months to go through detox. In treatment, the first week usually involves detoxification during which the patient must be closely monitored. Treatment in rehab centres also incorporates psychological counselling for an all round recovery.

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