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Medication For Addiction Treatment

Why Additional Medication Is Used


The use of other drugs may be needed to ensure the treatment is a success and that withdrawal symptoms are eased. Medicine can make it painless for recovering addicts to keep in sobriety. Some people striving to quit drugs or alcohol relapse since they cannot deal with withdrawal side effects. Medicines for addiction medical care can be prescribed as a segment of an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. In order to provide the best possibility of accomplishing sobriety, doctors might adapt medication doses during the progress of treatment.


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


Detox And Drug Withdrawal

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

The hardest part of detoxification is having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the patient's past drug or alcohol use the withdrawal symptoms will vary. Long-time drug users who took massive doses experience the most severe withdrawal symptoms.


During the detox process, the former drug addicts pass through many painful side effects. These are some side effects:

  • Stress
  • Hopelessness
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Body pains
  • Sweating

Different medicines are prescribed to help various withdrawal side effects. The medicines which are given by doctors in detox are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • These drugs decrease nervousness and irritability.
  • Stress is mostly associated with withdrawal from drugs like Cocaine and Heroin
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can also be eased by the sedative effect of Benzodiazepines.
  • Due to the addictive nature of Benzodiazepines, doctors tend to be cautious when prescribing them.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. 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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Medications For Treating Alcohol Withdrawal

Regular abusers of alcohol can suffer prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months. When withdrawal symptoms last longer than usual, this is referred to as Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

Maintenance treatment can alleviate PAWS and can curb cravings or make the addict incapable to take alcohol. The medication is usually taken as a single pill once a day.


Alcohol addiction medication includes:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone has the ability to impasse receptors that generates the feeling of content with alcohol in the brain.
  • It stops the urge to take alcohol.
  • Sickness and migraine are cause by Naltrexone.
  • It is also available as a single dose given once a month in the form of an injection.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
  • It helps those who have gone through detox to stay sober.
  • Acamprosate decreases the craving to drink by avoiding negative sensations, such as nervousness and depression.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Among the drugs approved for treating alcoholism Disulfiram was the first one.
  • Side effects like vomiting are likely to occur if a person taking Disulfiram takes alcohol.
  • 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

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

Everyone has a different withdrawal experience and for some it may only last as little as a week. There are also many who take long before overcoming the symptoms. In a few cases, withdrawal symptoms may last for several months or even years. PAWS and cravings can be stopped by long-term medications. A recovering addict should take these medicines until they are completely free.

Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is for normal to high Opiate addictions.
  • Methadone links to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers but without the high.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use are reduced by this.
  • Because Methadone also has the capacity to cause addiction, it is usually prescribed cautiously.
  • Methadone clinics manage the drug on daily routine to avoid abuse.
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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.
  • 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.
  • It prevents the cravings for use.
  • Since alcohol and opiates stimulate some of the same receptors in the brain, naltrexone can work for both addictions.

Medical Detox And Rehabilitation

Some people pick detoxification on their own. Detoxing with no medical supervision, it is difficult as well as risky. A safe and comfortable location such as a rehab centre is the best way to gain sobriety. Medical detoxification is necessary for people dependent on alcohol or Benzodiazepines.

A monitored detox is the primary stage to treat any kind of addiction.

Health problems can be improve through supervised detox. The patient's vital signs and fluid levels can be monitored by a doctor. Medical staff are on hand to make the patient as comfortable as possible. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.

Medically supervised detoxification is also important for people with other health problems. Problems such as high blood pressure can be worsened by detoxification. A doctor may avoid any problems.

Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. Residential rehabilitation can last for between 30 and 90 days in many cases. The primary week is of carefully monitored detoxification. Treatment in rehab centres also incorporates psychological counselling for an all round recovery.

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