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Medication For Treating Addiction

How Medications Can 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. Some people striving to quit drugs or alcohol relapse since they cannot deal with withdrawal side effects. A patient can be put on these medications for the relief of withdrawal symptoms either as an in or out patient. For the best chance of becoming sober and staying sober the medication dose may be altered.


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


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxing

During the first steps of recovery, the system must remove the drugs from itself. This is known as the detoxification time. It depends on the drug that how last the detox will be, for some days or some weeks.

The hardest part of detoxification is having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. 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.


There are many uncomfortable symptoms that may be experienced during this stage of recovery. Symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling sick
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Aches in the muscles
  • Excessive perspiration

Different withdrawal symptoms are treated with different medications. Many of the drugs that doctors use in detoxification are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • For stress and irritability reduction.
  • Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
  • Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
  • Doctors are careful when it comes about prescribing benzos since they are habit-forming.
  • Antidepressants
  • A brain that has been addicted to drugs is not able to produce the chemicals that give pleasant feelings on its own.
  • People recovering from drug addiction tend to suffer from depression since their brains can't produce dopamine normally.
  • 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.

Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. The fact is there are always some difficulties associated with drug withdrawal but every withdrawal is not so deadly. Detoxifying under medical supervision makes sure things are done right and raises the chances of beating the addiction.

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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. These symptoms that last a long time are also known as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

Maintenance treatment can alleviate PAWS and can curb cravings or make the addict incapable to take alcohol. Patient take these tablets every day.


Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • The brain receptors that produce pleasurable effects in the presence of alcohol are blocked by Naltrexone.
  • Not only this, it also suppress the desire of drinking.
  • Sickness and migraine are cause by Naltrexone.
  • It is also available as a single dose given once a month in the form of an injection.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • The psychological and bodily stress emanating from alcohol abuse is relieved by taking Acamprosate (Campral).
  • Once alcohol detox is complete the patient can begin to take Acamprosate.
  • Acamprosate decreases the craving to drink by avoiding negative sensations, such as nervousness and depression.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram was the primary medicine authorized for alcoholism.
  • 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

Some examples of opiates are Heroin and Morphine, and an example of narcotic painkillers is Oxycontin. Medication for Opiates and Heroin can ease the urges and craving and other withdrawal symptoms during detox. These medications are usually taken daily in tablet form.

Some recovering addicts only go through withdrawal from Heroin and Opiate drugs for just a week. Long- term withdrawal symptoms can be experienced by some people. In some circumstances, the withdrawal side effects may last for months or years. PAWS and cravings can be stopped by long-term medications. Medications are usually prescribed to recovering addicts for as long as is necessary.

Opiate addiction is usually treated using medications such as:

  • Methadone
  • Prescriptions of Methadone are usually given to people suffering from moderate or severe addictions.
  • Methadone never get the addicts high and attaches to the similar receptors in the brain for working.
  • This assists curb strong desires and withdrawal side effects.
  • Discretion and care are needed because some people have been known to develop an addiction to Methadone.
  • Methadone clinics manage the drug on daily routine to avoid abuse.
  • You can find out more about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in a similar way to Methadone but does not need to be as closely regulated due to the possibility of addiction is far less.
  • This medication can often be taken at home without having to go to the centre each day.
  • Naltrexone
  • The effect of Naltrexone on opiate addiction is the same as its effect on alcohol addiction.
  • This drug helps to control the urge or craving.
  • Some of the brain receptors activated by alcohol and opiates are the same and this is why this drug works for both addictions.

Centres For Medical Detox And Rehab

Some people pick detoxification on their own. 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. Medical detox is compulsory for those who are addicts of liquor or benzos.

For addicts to gain the control they want, detox is needed.

Health complications are avoided in a medical detox program. Fluids levels, temperature, heart and breathing rate checked by doctors. The doctors keep the patient comfortable. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.

Medically supervised detoxification is also important for people with other health problems. Withdrawals can make situations difficult such as high blood pressure. Doctors can spot impending problems and treat them early.

Treatment centres offering inpatient treatment often include detox in the program. Inpatient rehab acquire 30-90 days in some cases. Constant supervision is given during the first week of detox. Behavioural therapy is one of the rehab treatment for making recuperation fruitful.

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