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Addiction Medications

Treating Addiction With Medicines


A lot of efficient addiction treatment programs need the use of other drugs to help withdrawal side effects and decrease the chance of relapse. In some cases, use of medicine assists users to keep away from the addictive substances. The withdrawal symptoms are often the reason for the addict to relapse, so medication is given to ease the pain of withdrawal. Prescribed medication can be given to the patient as part of both inpatient and outpatient programs. For the best chance of becoming sober and staying sober the medication dose may be altered.


Relief of withdrawal can be found in other drugs that mimic the effects of the drug they are addicted to.


Detoxification And Withdrawal From Drugs

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 what drug one has been taking and for how long, the rehab process can take many days to many weeks.

The real challenge for the patient is coping with the terrible withdrawal symptoms. The harshness of withdrawal effects changes depending on past drug use. For those addicts of long term, high dose drug or alcohol abuse the withdrawal symptoms will be more severe.


The Former addicts face some irritating side effects during detox. Symptoms include:

  • Anxiousness
  • Feeling depressed
  • Sickness or feeling sick
  • Convulsive attack
  • Body pains
  • Sweating

Different withdrawal symptoms are treated with different medications. In detox, physicians may prescribe drugs such as:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • They are suitable for treating stress and short temper.
  • Withdrawal from many drugs including Heroin and Cocaine can cause anxiousness.
  • The soothing impact which controls liquor withdrawals is Benzos.
  • This drug is also addictive so is prescribed with caution.
  • Antidepressants
  • These medicines help the user to feel good and create natural happiness in their brain.
  • When they stop taking the drugs, these people go through dejection and feelings of hopelessness.
  • Mood lifting medications like Zoloft and Prozac help in reducing these symptoms till the brain can function naturally again.
  • 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.
  • Additionally, Clonidine can put an end to tremors and convulsive attack.

People who are detoxing from alcohol or Benzodiazepines for instance Valium or Xanax must never leave "cold turkey" in middle as their withdrawal sign can be fatal. Other drugs withdrawal symptoms are less deadly, but it is good to take caution as there are always risks. To ensure that detoxification is safe and successful, medical supervision is vital.

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Medicines For Treating Alcohol Addiction

Making wrong use of alcohol on a normal basis for a long-term can extend withdrawal side effects, which could last from weeks to months. This event is known as post-acute or prolonged withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

PAWS can be comforted through maintenance rehabilitation that may not only reduce hunger but also limit drug desire. These medicines frequently come as a capsule that patients take every day.


Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol) stops the brain from producing pleasure chemicals in reaction to alcohol intake.
  • The urge to drink can be reduced.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Medications For Opiate And Heroin Addiction

Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin are all Opiates. Medications recommended for treating Opiate and Heroin addiction help in reducing the urge to take the drug and accompanying withdrawal symptoms. 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 can be experienced by some people. 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. Ex-patients can use these medicines as long as they want.

For Heroin and painkillers these are some medicines:

  • Methadone
  • An Opioid, Methadone is used to help with detoxification from opiate drug dependencies.
  • Methadone never get the addicts high and attaches to the similar receptors in the brain for working.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use are reduced by this.
  • Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
  • The medication is dispensed daily to prevent abuse.
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  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone but has a less potential to cause addiction and isn't regulated as much.
  • 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.
  • Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
  • The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.

Centres For Medical Detox And Rehab

Drug addicts when they want to stop addiction sometimes will choose to detox without medical supervision. Detoxing with no medical supervision, it is difficult as well as risky. Medical detoxification is the ideal method to accomplish sobriety in a secure and comfortable atmosphere. Some addictions such as alcohol or benzos are more suited to medical detox.

It is wise to start the first step in addiction treatment with a medically supervised detox program.

A monitored detoxification may relieve health problems. 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. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.

Patients with other health complications would be well advised to go on a medical detox. Blood pressure can be problematic during detox. Any type of issue is solved by the doctor.

Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. 30 to 90 days of rehab is the average time it takes. The patient is placed under consistent monitoring and observation the first week of rehab which is very crucial. Behavioural therapy is one of the rehab treatment for making recuperation fruitful.

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