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Medication For Treating Addiction

Treating Addiction With Medicines

The use of other drugs may be needed to ensure the treatment is a success and that withdrawal symptoms are eased. These medicines helps the user to become sober. Many recovering addicts are unable to bear the severity of withdrawal symptoms and this makes many of them relapse. Medicines for addiction medical care can be prescribed as a segment of an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. To give the patient the best chance of recovering, a doctor may adjust the dosage of the medication gradually during the treatment.

Some medicines give the same feeling as the drug of abuse thus helping one cope with the withdrawal.

Drug Withdrawal And Detoxing

At the start of the program, the body goes through a process to remove the drugs from the system. This process is referred to as detoxification. Depending on the drug in question, the detoxification period may be as long as several weeks or just a few days.

The most difficult stage of detox is dealing with withdrawal side effects. The harshness of withdrawal effects changes depending on past drug use. 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.

During the detox process, the former drug addicts pass through many painful side effects. There symptoms include:

  • Stress
  • Gloominess
  • Sickness or feeling sick
  • Convulsions
  • Aches in the muscles
  • Profuse 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
  • These drugs decrease nervousness and irritability.
  • Withdrawal from many drugs including Heroin and Cocaine can cause anxiousness.
  • The soothing impact which controls liquor withdrawals is Benzos.
  • Due to the addictive nature of Benzodiazepines, doctors tend to be cautious when prescribing them.
  • Antidepressants
  • These medicines help the user to feel good and create natural happiness in their brain.
  • People recovering from drug addiction tend to suffer from depression since their brains can't produce dopamine normally.
  • 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.
  • Tremors and fits can also be reduced with the use of Clonidine.

Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. Withdrawal from other Opiates aren't constantly deadly, however difficult situations can still appear. To ensure that detoxification is safe and successful, medical supervision is vital.

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Medicines For Alcohol Addiction

Regular abusers of alcohol can suffer prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months. This occurrence is known as prolong or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

Maintenance treatment can alleviate PAWS and can curb cravings or make the addict incapable to take alcohol. In most cases the patient has to take these drugs every day and they come in form of pills.

Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone prevent receptors in the brain that generate alcohol's satisfying side effects.
  • Not only this, it also suppress the desire of drinking.
  • Nausea or headaches can be caused by Naltrexone.
  • Naltrexone is administered every four weeks via injection.
  • 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 decreases the craving to drink by avoiding negative sensations, such as nervousness and depression.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • The first drug to be approved for treatment of alcohol addiction was Disulfiram.
  • 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.

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Medication For Treating Opiate Addiction

Heroin, Morphine and sedative painkillers such as Oxycontin are included in Opiates. Medication for Opiates and Heroin can ease the urges and craving and other withdrawal symptoms during detox. These medicines are frequently given in capsules form on a daily routine.

Some recovering addicts only go through withdrawal from Heroin and Opiate drugs for just a week. There are also many who take long before overcoming the symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years for some people. To completely stop the urges to take drugs and the PAWS, it helps to be on replacement medicines for an extended period. Ex-patients can use these medicines as long as they want.

Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:

  • Methadone
  • An Opioid, Methadone is used to help with detoxification from opiate drug dependencies.
  • Methadone links to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers but without the high.
  • Methadone helps to suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
  • Methadone clinics manage the drug on daily routine to avoid abuse.
  • You can find out more about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone, however it is little monitored since the addiction potential is inferior.
  • For Buprenorphine it is not necessary to go clinic and get it regularly, the patient can also take it at home.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works for both Opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.
  • It helps to reduce cravings.
  • The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.

Medical Detox And Rehabilitation

It is possible to detox at home. Detoxing with no medical supervision, it is difficult as well as risky. You can become sober once again through medical detox in relaxed surroundings. Alcohol and benzos addictions detox can only work in a medical environment.

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

A monitored detoxification may relieve health problems. 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. Another advantage is that doctors will adjust dosages as the patient response dictates and can advise on long-term treatment schedules.

The ones with different health problems should also look for a medical detoxification. Blood pressure can be problematic during detox. A doctor may avoid any problems.

Detoxification is frequently a segment of inpatient rehabilitations. In some circumstances, inpatient rehabilitation takes from 30 to 90 days. The primary week is of carefully monitored detoxification. Behavioural therapy is one of the rehab treatment for making recuperation fruitful.

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