How Medications Can Help Addiction Treatment
The use of other drugs may be needed to ensure the treatment is a success and that withdrawal symptoms are eased. Using additional medication can help the patient stay sober. Intensive and most severe withdrawal symptoms cause many to go back to taking drugs. A patient can be put on these medications for the relief of withdrawal symptoms either as an in or out patient. To give the patient the best chance of recovering, a doctor may adjust the dosage of the medication gradually during the treatment.
These medicines can ease withdrawal side effects and desires.
Drug Withdrawal And Detoxing
At the start of the program, the body goes through a process to remove the drugs from the system. This is cleansing or detox. 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. 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.
The patient may experience horrible symptoms during detox. Symptoms include
- Pain in the muscles
- Profuse sweating
Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. In detox, physicians may prescribe drugs such as
- For stress and irritability reduction.
- Stress is mostly associated with withdrawal from drugs like Cocaine and Heroin
- Benzodiazepines can help ease these side effects during withdrawal.
- Since the benzos are potentially addictive too, doctors prescribe them with care.
- Depression is common in withdrawal as the brain has problems producing the 'happy hormones' that are naturally produced.
- Since they have depended on drugs to keep them satisfied for a long-term, people in detoxification frequently pass through depression.
- Until the brain get's back to producing dopamine on its own, the drug user will require antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft to relieve the feeling of depression.
- Sweating, aches, muscle pains and nervousness can be reduced by using Clonidine in the treatment of alcohol and opiate withdrawals.
- Seizures and tremors can also be treated using Clonidine.
The withdrawal symptoms from Benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax can be extremely dangerous and can result in death; one should never try to detox abruptly on their own. The fact is there are always some difficulties associated with drug withdrawal but every withdrawal is not so deadly. To ensure that detoxification is safe and successful, medical supervision is vital.
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Alcohol Addiction Medications
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).
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.
Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Naltrexone has the ability to impasse receptors that generates the feeling of content with alcohol in the brain.
- The urge to drink can be reduced.
- Sickness and migraine are cause by Naltrexone.
- It can be given via injection once every four weeks.
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- Acamprosate has the ability to comfort from the effects of alcohol obsession that includes emotional and physical suffering.
- This medication is usually taken by recovering alcoholics after the detoxification period is over.
- The craving for alcohol is reduced by Acamprosate since it holds back feelings such as depression and anxiousness.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Among the drugs approved for treating alcoholism Disulfiram was the first one.
- When someone that is taking Disulfiram drinks alcohol, the medicine provokes effects like nausea and vomiting.
- To avoid this sickness, the person who is taking Disulfiram must not consume drink.
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Heroin And Drug Addiction Medicines
Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin are all Opiates. Opiate and Heroin medicines comfort urges and withdrawal side effects. These medications are usually taken daily in tablet form.
Everyone has a different withdrawal experience and for some it may only last as little as a week. Long-term withdrawal symptoms may also be experienced by others. In a few cases, withdrawal symptoms may last for several months or even years. To completely stop the urges to take drugs and the PAWS, it helps to be on replacement medicines for an extended period. A recovering addict should take these medicines until they are completely free.
Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are
- 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.
- Methadone helps to suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
- People become addict of Methadone in place of Heroin and painkillers if it is not use carefully.
- Every day, many doses of Methadone are dispensed by Methadone clinics.
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- Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
- Buprenorphine works in a similar way to Methadone but does not need to be as closely regulated due to the possibility of addiction is far less.
- For Buprenorphine it is not necessary to go clinic and get it regularly, the patient can also take it at home.
- Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
- It helps to reduce cravings.
- The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.
Centres For Medical Detox And Rehab
Many people have attempted to give up drug use on their own. 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. Medical detoxification is necessary for people dependent on alcohol or Benzodiazepines.
For addicts to gain the control they want, detox is needed.
Health problems can be dealt with quickly when in a rehab centre. Fluids levels, temperature, heart and breathing rate checked by doctors. The doctors keep the patient comfortable. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.
Other health problems can make detox more complex, therefore, medical detox should be sought. Hypertension is a risk complication for patients going through detox, and the medical profession best handles it. Any sudden complications can be handled by a doctor.
Treatment centres offering inpatient treatment often include detox in the program. Residential rehabilitation can last for between 30 and 90 days in many cases. The initial week comprised of closely observed detox. Treatment in rehab centres also incorporates psychological counselling for an all round recovery.
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