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Medication For Addiction Treatment

How Medications Can Help Addiction Treatment


There are many drugs which are used in addiction treatment programs to relieve withdrawal side effects and decrease the chances of relapse. Using additional medication can help the patient stay sober. Some people striving to quit drugs or alcohol relapse since they cannot deal with withdrawal side effects. For inpatient and outpatient rehab plans they have included medicines in addiction treatment. The adjustment of dosage in treatment is only made for user to achieve proper soberness.


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 Based on the drug, the detoxification process can last from several days to several 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 ones that were using opiates in high dosages for a long-term have the worst side effects.


There are many uncomfortable symptoms that may be experienced during this stage of recovery. There symptoms include:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Gloominess
  • Sickness or feeling sick
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • Sweating

Different withdrawal symptoms are treated with different medications. The medicines which are given by doctors in detox are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiousness and irritability are usually treated using these drugs.
  • Withdrawal from many drugs including Heroin and Cocaine can cause anxiousness.
  • The soothing impact which controls liquor withdrawals is Benzos.
  • Benzos are addictive so physicians are careful about prescribing those.
  • Antidepressants
  • A brain that has been addicted to drugs is not able to produce the chemicals that give pleasant feelings on its own.
  • It is common with the people in detox to feel depressed as they have been using drugs for a much longer period to keep themselves happy.
  • Until the brain can produce happiness inducing chemicals the patient is given antidepressants during the rehab program.
  • Clonidine
  • Clonidine is prescribed for treating alcohol and opiate-related withdrawal symptoms; it gives relief by reducing the intense perspiring, muscle spasms, body pains and stress.
  • Clonidine is useful for controlling shivering and convulsions.

People who are detoxing from alcohol or Benzodiazepines for instance Valium or Xanax must never leave "cold turkey" in middle as their withdrawal sign can be fatal. Withdrawal from other Opiates aren't constantly deadly, however difficult situations can still appear. Medical assistance guarantees protection and accomplishment in detoxification.

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Alcohol Addiction Medications

Regular abusers of alcohol can suffer prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months. 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)
  • The brain receptors that produce pleasurable effects in the presence of alcohol are blocked by Naltrexone.
  • It stops the urge to take alcohol.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • Naltrexone is given in the form of a injection.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
  • Once completing the detox, recovery from alcohol can use Acamprosate.
  • Acamprosate works by eliminating the worse feelings of nervousness and hopelessness that results in lessening the desire to drink.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Among the drugs approved for treating alcoholism Disulfiram was the first one.
  • Disulfiram can result into some side effects of vomiting and sickness if anyone takes Disulfiram drinks.
  • To avoid this sickness, the person who is taking Disulfiram must not consume drink.

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


Medications For Opiate And Heroin Addiction

Drugs in the opiate group are Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin. Opiate and Heroin medicines comfort urges and withdrawal side effects. These medications are taken daily in the form of orally ingestible pills.

Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. There are also many who take long before overcoming the symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years for some people. PAWS and desires can be controlled by long-term replacement medicines. Medication can be taken for as long as is required by the patient.

Opiate addiction is usually treated using medications such as:

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is for normal to high Opiate addictions.
  • Methadone never get the addicts high and attaches to the similar receptors in the brain for working.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use are reduced by this.
  • Methadone can become addictive so it is used with caution.
  • The medication is dispensed daily to prevent abuse.
  • Get further information about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone but has a less potential to cause addiction and isn't regulated as much.
  • 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.
  • This drug helps to control the urge or craving.
  • Alcohol and Opiate turns on the similar receptors in the brain so it is for both.

Medical Detox And Rehabilitation

A few people detox all alone. Choosing detox on your own is not only difficult but also more hazardous than detoxing with physician. Medical detoxification is the ideal method to accomplish sobriety in a secure and comfortable atmosphere. Some addictions such as alcohol or benzos are more suited to medical detox.

Treatment for any substance addiction should start with medically supervised detoxification.

Health complications are avoided in a medical detox program. Doctors record the patient's heart scale, body heat, breathing rate and fluid levels. Medical staff are on hand to make the patient as comfortable as possible. Medications can be adjusted to the needs of the patient and long-term plans can be made.

Patients with other health complications would be well advised to go on a medical detox. High blood pressure is one of the problem of withdrawals. Any complications can either be prevented or sorted out quickly during a medical detox.

Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. Inpatient rehab acquire 30-90 days in some cases. The patient is placed under consistent monitoring and observation the first week of rehab which is very crucial. Rehab includes behavioural therapy to give the patient a better chance to understand how they can stay sober.

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