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Addiction Therapy And The Impact Of Medication


With the aim to manage withdrawal symptoms and avert relapse most treatment programs utilize prescription drugs. Prescriptions can help the recovering addicts to stay sober. There are cases where recovering patients revert to old drug habits being unable to manage the withdrawal.

Whether you receive treatment from home or stay in a facility, an addict can always receive some prescription drugs to manage the addiction. The doctors might regulate dosages over the course of treatment to guarantee that addicts have the greatest possibility of accomplishing sobriety.


Some medicines can simulate the symptoms of addictive drugs, which ease the withdrawal side effects and cravings.


Withdrawing And Detoxing From Drugs

In drug addiction treatment, the body works to clear the system of drugs. This detoxification process takes time. From days to several weeks, the detox treatment period depends on how addicted the person is to the drug.

The most difficult aspect of it is how to deal with the challenges of breaking the addiction. Drug abusers are constrained to unpleasant feelings during withdrawal.


Specific notable signs could include:

  • Nervousness
  • Desolation
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Muscular pains
  • Profuse perspiration

Different medicines are prescribed to cure distinctive withdrawal side effects. During detox, some of the drugs prescribed by physicians to patients are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • This medication treats mood swings and restlessness of the patient.
  • Feeling anxious is a regular side effects of withdrawal from a variety of drugs, such as Cocaine and Opiates like Heroin.
  • As a psychoactive drug, Benzodiazepines helps in stabilizing the patient with its sedative effects.
  • Because of the danger of dependence on Benzos, physicians don't freely give to their patients.
  • Antidepressants
  • Getting the needed Dopamine for stimulate elation in the brain is usually difficult for addicts.
  • The ones in detoxification treatment frequently experience depression stages since they have been depending on drugs to keep them delighted for so long.
  • Zoloft and Prozac are antidepressants that can assist comforting the side effects until the brain is capable to generate happy sensations - inducing chemicals on its own again.
  • Clonidine
  • This is classified as schedule II drug and is commonly used as an opioid and alcohol withdrawal medication.
  • Shakings and convulsions are also under the control of Clonidine.

The level at which the drug was used previously acts as a contributing factor towards the harshness of the signs of withdrawal. The ones that were taking drugs in high quantity for a long-term have the most awful side effects.

It is not advisable to rely on self-medication if you are trying to get rid of alcohol or other addictive substances such as Xanax or Valium from your body. Even though the act of withdrawals from other medications and drugs might not pose any life-threatening situation, there is a probability for various complications to arise. Your detoxification can be successful without any complications if you allow physicians to handle it.

It is best to talk, without delay, to someone in the position to help you, if you find yourself living under the plight of addiction.


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Medicines For Alcohol Dependence

Making wrong use of alcohol on a common basis for a long-term can extend withdrawal side effects, that could last from weeks to months. This is referred to as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

A user could be made to feel disgust towards alcohol or control the way at which the user desires alcohol through maintenance therapy which also reduces PAWS. These medicines frequently come as a capsule that patients take every day.


Medications for alcohol addiction include:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • This drug inhibits the pleasurable receptors in the brain thereby diminishing the effect of alcohol.
  • It also moderates the desire to drink.
  • Feeling pain in the head or nausea might be experienced as an effect of Naltrexone.
  • This drug is introduced into the body intravenously in an interval of four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • Suffering of both the body and the mental state of mind caused by alcohol addiction can be relieved via the use of this medication.
  • Acamprosate is recommended for recovering alcohol addicts after detox.
  • Worries and dejection are some of the factors responsible for drinking alcohol and can be brought under control by using Acamprosate.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram provides tremendous treatment solution for alcohol addiction.
  • The unique effect of this drug can be felt if alcohol is taken as it induces Dizziness and vomiting.
  • Given that it makes them sick, people using Disulfiram won't drink and that's the underlying purpose.

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Medication For Heroin And Other Opiate Abuse

Oxycontin, morphine, and Heroin are some sedatives that can be used. Taking opiate and Heroin medications relieves withdrawal sign urges. For an everyday consumption interval these medications are made available in tablet form.

It is reported that the withdrawal symptoms of Heroin and other opiate drugs only last for one week. Withdrawal signs take a long time for others. In some circumstances, the effects of withdrawal can last for months or years. Durable replacement medicines can avoid cravings and PAWS. The duration for medication depends on the history of individual addiction.

Administered medications to treat addictions for Heroin and painkillers include:

  • Methadone
  • If dependence on a painkiller is not serious, Methadone will be used to control it.
  • It works by interacting with the same receptors as the abused opioids but without the euphoric effect.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and cravings are to a maximum extent reduced via this medication.
  • Methadone is also a potentially addicting medication hence this is highly regulated despite its medical treatment benefits.
  • This prescription drug is dispensed on a daily basis to avoid abuse.
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  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Given the existence of a lower chance towards being addicted, the regulation of Buprenorphine is lesser even though it functions in the same way as Methadone.
  • Its regulation is not as tight as Methadone that patients can take the pills home with them.
  • Naltrexone
  • This medication interacts with the same receptors involved in both opioid and alcohol addiction.
  • This drug effectively curbs and eliminates the cravings.
  • Given that similar brain receptors are made active by both alcohol and opiates; this drug can be applied for both cases.

Medical Detoxification And Rehabilitation

Without any external factors, few individuals decide to undergo detox. If you do it with a medical personnel, you will feel safer. The most effective way to get rid of toxins from the body is through the assistance of doctors. This is non-negotiable for people who practically live on benzos and alcohol.

A supervised detoxification is the first stage to treat any kind of addiction.

Controlled detox program improves addiction healing process. The doctors record the patient's heart rate, temperature, breathing rate and fluid levels. In the process, the patient is released from any distress. Doctors also make necessary medication dosage amendments to facilitate the patient's recovery from over time drug addiction. The ones with health problems should also look for medical detoxification.

Pre-existing health issues may cause complications during the withdrawal process. Doctors assist to avoid health concerns.

Inpatient rehabs usually includes detox. The duration of 30 to 90 days is used by inpatient rehab in most cases. Supervised toxin removal is done within the first 7 days. Achieving freedom from addiction requires inclusion of behavioural therapy recovery treatment methods program.

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