Treating Addiction With Medicines
During the detox, some people need to be given medications to counter or reduce the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms they experience which could cause them to go back to using drugs again. Using additional medication can help the patient stay sober. When the withdrawal side effects are too much then sometimes users surrender and stop taking medications and relapse. Medicines for addiction medical care can be prescribed as a segment of an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. For the best chance of becoming sober and staying sober the medication dose may be altered.
Some medicines give the same feeling as the drug of abuse thus helping one cope with the withdrawal.
Detoxing And Withdrawal
The body must detox in the first stages of rehab to allow the drug to leave the body completely. This stage is known as the detox period. Based on the drug, the detoxification process can last from several days to several weeks.
The detox period is made difficult by the withdrawal symptoms that result from denying the body the drug it has become accustomed to. The harshness of withdrawal effects changes depending on past drug use. The worst symptoms will be felt by those who have been taking high doses of the drug for a long duration.
The Former addicts face some irritating side effects during detox. Symptoms include
- Sickness or feeling sick
- Body pain
- Excessive perspiration
Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. Some of the drugs prescribed are as follows
- These drugs decrease nervousness and irritability.
- One of the common side effect of withdrawal from drugs is Anxiety.
- The recommended Benzos give a soothing feeling that helps withdrawal also from alcohol.
- Benzos are addictive so physicians are careful about prescribing those.
- 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.
- 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 ones detoxing from alcohol or Benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, should never quit "cold turkey" since it may be fatal. Other drugs withdrawal symptoms are less deadly, but it is good to take caution as there are always risks. Detoxifying under medical supervision makes sure things are done right and raises the chances of beating the addiction.
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Alcohol Addiction Medications
Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction can last from several weeks to a few months depending on the frequency and duration over which alcohol is abused. 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. The medication is usually taken as a single pill once a day.
For liquor addiction these medicines are included
- 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.
- Naltrexone is given in the form of a injection.
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
- Once completing the detox, recovery from alcohol can use Acamprosate.
- 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.
- Disulfiram causes sickness and vomiting if alcohol is consumed at the same time.
- This medication has been very successful as it deters alcoholics from drinking.
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Treatment Medicine For Heroin And Opiate Addiction
Heroin, Morphine and sedative painkillers such as Oxycontin are included in Opiates. Opiate and Heroin medicines comfort urges and withdrawal side effects. These medicines are frequently given in capsules form on a daily routine.
Some people may pass through Heroin and Opiate withdrawal for about a week. Other drugs can have an extended withdrawal side effects. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years for some people. PAWS and cravings can be stopped by long-term medications. Medication can be taken for as long as is required by the patient.
Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are
- Methadone is a drug used for mild to serious addictions.
- It works just like the Heroin and pain relievers by connecting itself to the sensory nerves of the brain, but it does not cause dependence on the user.
- This drug suppressing the craving and withdrawal symptoms.
- Because Methadone also has the capacity to cause addiction, it is usually prescribed cautiously.
- Treatment facilities offering Methadone give it to their patients daily so that they are not able to over indulge and become addicted.
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- Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
- Buprenorphine is less potent than Methadone though it works on the same principles, it is not as highly controlled.
- Instead of having to go for the drug every day at the clinic, the recovering users can go home with the drug.
- The effect of Naltrexone on opiate addiction is the same as its effect on alcohol addiction.
- Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
- Since alcohol and opiates stimulate some of the same receptors in the brain, naltrexone can work for both addictions.
Centres For Medical Detox And Rehab
Drug addicts when they want to stop addiction sometimes will choose to detox without medical supervision. 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 detox is compulsory for those who are addicts of liquor or benzos.
A monitored detox is the primary stage to treat any kind of addiction.
Health problems can be improve through supervised detox. Doctors record the patient's heart scale, body heat, breathing rate and fluid levels. If the patient experiences discomfort, they can be eased with the help of the doctor. Doctors adjust the medication for long-term program and as per the need of patients.
Other health problems can make detox more complex, therefore, medical detox should be sought. Withdrawals can make situations difficult such as high blood pressure. A doctor may avoid any problems.
Inpatient rehab often includes detox. Inpatient rehab acquire 30-90 days in some cases. In treatment, the first week usually involves detoxification during which the patient must be closely monitored. Treatment in rehab centres also incorporates psychological counselling for an all round recovery.
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