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Medications For Addiction Treatment

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. Staying sober can be much easier for a recovering addict with the help of medication. Some people striving to quit drugs or alcohol relapse since they cannot deal with withdrawal side effects. For inpatient and outpatient rehab plans they have included medicines in addiction treatment. For the best chance of becoming sober and staying sober the medication dose may be altered.


These medicines can ease withdrawal side effects and desires.


Detoxing And Withdrawal

The body has to get rid of the last remnants of the drug in the first stage of recovery. This process is known as detox or cleansing Depending on what drug one has been taking and for how long, the rehab process can take many days to many 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. For those addicts of long term, high dose drug or alcohol abuse the withdrawal symptoms will be more severe.


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

  • Apprehension
  • Gloominess
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • Profuse sweating

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

  • Benzodiazepines
  • They are suitable for treating stress and short temper.
  • Withdrawal from many drugs including Heroin and Cocaine can cause anxiousness.
  • Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
  • Doctors are careful when it comes about prescribing benzos since they are habit-forming.
  • Antidepressants
  • An addict's brain is usually accustomed to producing dopamine only in the presence of a drug.
  • People recovering from drug addiction tend to suffer from depression since their brains can't produce dopamine normally.
  • Until the brain get's back to producing dopamine on its own, the drug user will require antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft to relieve the feeling of depression.
  • Clonidine
  • For relief of sweating, aching muscles, cramps and paranoia in alcohol and opiate withdrawal Clonidine is used.
  • Clonidine save you from seizures and shivering.

The withdrawal symptoms from Benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax can be extremely dangerous and can result in death; one should never try to detox abruptly on their own. The fact is there are always some difficulties associated with drug withdrawal but every withdrawal is not so deadly. Detox should be carried out with medical help from professionals.

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Addiction Medication

Regular abusers of alcohol can suffer prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months. These symptoms that last a long time are also known as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

Medications prescribed for PAWS are also active in stopping the urge to use and make the user unable to hold alcohol in their stomach. 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.
  • In addition, it keeps in control the craving to drink.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
  • Once completing the detox, recovery from alcohol can use Acamprosate.
  • This medication reduces the urge to drink as it prevents negativity including depression and paranoia.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram was the primary medicine authorized for alcoholism.
  • It works by causing the person taking it to suffer nausea and vomiting if they consume alcohol.
  • Recovering users do not want to take alcohol when they are on disulfiram because they feel sick if they do.

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Heroin And Drug Addiction Medicines

Drugs in the opiate group are Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms of recovering from opiate addiction can be eased by some medications. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.

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. 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.

Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are:

  • 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.
  • The urges to take drugs are contained, and withdrawal symptoms avoided.
  • Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
  • It also prevents abuse so it is dispensed daily by clinics..
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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.
  • Buprenorphine users may frequently take the drug home with them in place of heading to a centre each day to get it.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
  • It prevents the cravings for use.
  • Alcohol and Opiate turns on the similar receptors in the brain so it is for both.

Medical Detox And Rehab

Some people pick detoxification on their own. This isn't just more difficult, it is also more risky than a medical detoxing. You can become sober once again through medical detox in relaxed surroundings. Alcohol and benzos addictions detox can only work in a medical environment.

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

Many health problems can be dealt with in a medically supervised detox. Doctors and other medical staff are available to monitor the patient's vital signs. 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. Problems such as high blood pressure can be worsened by detoxification. A doctor may avoid any problems.

Inpatient rehab often includes detox. In some circumstances, inpatient rehabilitation takes from 30 to 90 days. 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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