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Medication For Treating Addiction

How Medications Help Addiction Treatment


To reduce the possibility of relapsing and to ease withdrawal symptoms, the use of other drugs during the treatment process has become quite common. Medicine can make it painless for recovering addicts to keep in sobriety. When the withdrawal side effects are too much then sometimes users surrender and stop taking medications and relapse. Prescribed medication can be given to the patient as part of both inpatient and outpatient programs. In order to provide the best possibility of accomplishing sobriety, doctors might adapt medication doses during the progress of treatment.


Some medicines can imitate the symptoms of habit-forming drugs, which alleviates withdrawal effects and cravings.


Detoxing And Withdrawal

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.

Dealing with withdrawal side effects is frequently the hardest part of detoxification. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms differs according to the history of drug abuse. For those addicts of long term, high dose drug or alcohol abuse the withdrawal symptoms will be more severe.


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

  • Stress
  • Hopelessness
  • Sickness or feeling sick
  • Convulsions
  • Body pain
  • Sweating

To deal with these withdrawal side effects, many medicines are available for this. Many of the drugs that doctors use in detoxification are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiety and crabbiness can be decrease by these medicines.
  • Stress is mostly associated with withdrawal from drugs like Cocaine and Heroin
  • Benzodiazepines can help ease these side effects during withdrawal.
  • Benzos are addictive so physicians are careful about prescribing those.
  • Antidepressants
  • 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 is capable to generate joy - inducing chemicals by itself again, antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Prozac, can assist when it comes to alleviating these sensations.
  • 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 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. Complications from other drugs can arise but are not considered life threatening. There is a complete surety of success and security in detox.

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Medications For Treating Alcohol Withdrawal

Severe and prolonged withdrawal symptoms that last for weeks or months are as a result of alcohol abuse over an extended period. When withdrawal symptoms last longer than usual, this is referred to as Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

PAWS can help relieve cravings or make the patient unable to tolerate alcohol. Patient take these tablets every 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.
  • In some cases, Naltrexone is known to cause vomiting and migraines.
  • Naltrexone is administered every four weeks via injection.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • Acamprosate has the ability to comfort from the effects of alcohol obsession that includes emotional and physical suffering.
  • It helps those who have gone through detox to stay sober.
  • The craving for alcohol is reduced by Acamprosate since it holds back feelings such as depression and anxiousness.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Alcohol addicts were first given the medication of Disulfiram.
  • When someone that is taking Disulfiram drinks alcohol, the medicine provokes effects like nausea and vomiting.
  • 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. Opiate and Heroin medications helps the person in fighting against hunger and withdrawal signs. These medicines are frequently given in capsules form on a daily routine.

Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. Long-term withdrawal symptoms may also be experienced by others. In a few cases, withdrawal symptoms may last for several months or even years. PAWS and desires can be controlled by long-term replacement medicines. A recovering addict should take these medicines until they are completely free.

For Heroin and painkillers these are some medicines:

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is for normal to high Opiate addictions.
  • It works by fusing to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers, however Methadone does not get the addict high.
  • Methadone helps to suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Methadone can become addictive so it is used with caution.
  • The medication is dispensed daily to prevent abuse.
  • Additional Facts about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine is less potent than Methadone though it works on the same principles, it is not as highly controlled.
  • For Buprenorphine it is not necessary to go clinic and get it regularly, the patient can also take it at home.
  • Naltrexone
  • The effect of Naltrexone on opiate addiction is the same as its effect on alcohol addiction.
  • It helps to reduce cravings.
  • The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.

Medical Detox And Rehab

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.

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

Health problems can be improve through supervised detox. The patient's vital signs and fluid levels can be monitored by a doctor. If patient felt any type of pain the doctor are there for help. Doctors adjust the medication for long-term program and as per the need of patients.

Medically supervised detoxification is also important for people with other health problems. Hypertension is a risk complication for patients going through detox, and the medical profession best handles it. Any complications can either be prevented or sorted out quickly during a medical detox.

Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. 30 to 90 days of rehab is the average time it takes. Constant supervision is given during the first week of detox. Rehab includes behavioural therapy to give the patient a better chance to understand how they can stay sober.

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