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Medications For Addiction Treatment

How Addiction Treatment Has Improved Due To Medication


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. 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. The monitoring physician keeps altering the amount the patient takes for maximum benefit.


Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be eased with the help of medication that mimic the effect of the addictive substances.


Detoxification And Withdrawal From Drugs

The user need to get free themselves from the drug in the early stage of recovery. This process is known as detox or cleansing Depending on the drug in question, the detoxification period may be as long as several weeks or just a few days.

The real challenge for the patient is coping with the terrible withdrawal symptoms. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms differs according to the history of drug abuse. 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.


There is a myriad of those symptoms that recovering addicts experience. Symptoms include:

  • Apprehension
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling Nauseous
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • Profuse sweating

Different withdrawal symptoms are treated with different medications. Some of the drugs prescribed are as follows:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • They are suitable for treating stress and short temper.
  • Withdrawal from many drugs including Heroin and Cocaine can cause anxiousness.
  • 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
  • A brain that has been addicted to drugs is not able to produce the chemicals that give pleasant feelings on its own.
  • When they stop taking the drugs, these people go through dejection and feelings of hopelessness.
  • Mood lifting medications like Zoloft and Prozac help in reducing these symptoms till the brain can function naturally again.
  • Clonidine
  • Sweating, aches, muscle pains and nervousness can be reduced by using Clonidine in the treatment of alcohol and opiate withdrawals.
  • Clonidine is useful for controlling shivering and convulsions.

Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. 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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Medicines For Alcohol Addiction

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

PAWS can be comforted through maintenance rehabilitation that may not only reduce hunger but also limit drug desire. These medicines frequently come as a capsule that patients take every day.


Medicines for alcohol addiction are:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone prevent receptors in the brain that generate alcohol's satisfying side effects.
  • 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)
  • This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
  • This medication is usually taken by recovering alcoholics after the detoxification period is over.
  • Acamprosate works by eliminating the worse feelings of nervousness and hopelessness that results in lessening the desire to drink.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram was the primary medicine authorized for alcoholism.
  • 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.

You can find out more about medication used in treating alcohol addiction.


Heroin And Opiate Medications

Heroin, Morphine and sedative painkillers such as Oxycontin are included in Opiates. Opiate and Heroin medicines comfort urges and withdrawal side effects. Opiate and Heroin are available in tablet forms.

Some recovering addicts only go through withdrawal from Heroin and Opiate drugs for just a week. Some have long-term withdrawal side effects. In some circumstances, the withdrawal side effects may last for months or years. The urges to use drugs and PAWS can be treated using long-term replacement medications. Medications are usually prescribed to recovering addicts for as long as is necessary.

Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is for normal to high Opiate addictions.
  • 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.
  • The urges to take drugs are contained, and withdrawal symptoms avoided.
  • Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
  • The medication is dispensed daily to prevent abuse.
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  • 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 for both Opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.
  • It puts an end to cravings.
  • Alcohol and Opiate turns on the similar receptors in the brain so it is for both.

Medical Detox And Rehab

It is possible to detox at home. This isn't just more difficult, it is also more risky than a medical detoxing. To gain sobriety with no added health issues or risk of relapsing, a medically supervised detox is the best and safest mode. Medical detox is compulsory for those who are addicts of liquor or benzos.

For addicts to gain the control they want, detox is needed.

Health complications are avoided in a medical detox program. The treating therapist monitors a rehab patient's vital signs like pulse, temperature, breathing rate and fluid levels in a medically supervised treatment. The doctors keep the patient comfortable. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.

The ones with different health problems should also look for a medical detoxification. High blood pressure is one of the problem of withdrawals. Any sudden complications can be handled by a doctor.

Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. A person typically requires one to three months to go through detox. The primary week is of carefully monitored detoxification. Rehabilitation has other treatments like behavioural therapy so the recovery procedure can be more prosperous.

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