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Medication 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. These medicines helps the user to become sober. Many recovering addicts are unable to bear the severity of withdrawal symptoms and this makes many of them relapse. A patient can be put on these medications for the relief of withdrawal symptoms either as an in or out patient. The adjustment of dosage in treatment is only made for user to achieve proper soberness.


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


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxification

The user need to get free themselves from the drug in the early stage of recovery. This stage is known as the detox period. 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. The most terrible signs are appeared in the case of those who have been using the drugs for longer period of time with high dosage.


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

  • Apprehension
  • Desolation
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Aches in the muscles
  • Excessive perspiration

Different medicines are prescribed to help various withdrawal side effects. Many of the drugs that doctors use in detoxification are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiety and crabbiness can be decrease by these medicines.
  • Stress is mostly associated with withdrawal from drugs like Cocaine and Heroin
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can also be eased by the sedative effect of Benzodiazepines.
  • Doctors are careful when it comes about prescribing benzos since they are habit-forming.
  • 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.
  • Seizures and tremors can also be treated using Clonidine.

Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. Complications can arise while detoxing from other drugs although the withdrawal symptoms are rarely deadly. Detoxifying under medical supervision makes sure things are done right and raises the chances of beating the addiction.

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Addiction Medication

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).

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.


Medicines for alcohol addiction are:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol) stops the brain from producing pleasure chemicals in reaction to alcohol intake.
  • The urge to drink can be reduced.
  • In some cases, Naltrexone is known to cause vomiting and migraines.
  • It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • Acamprosate has the ability to comfort from the effects of alcohol obsession that includes emotional and physical suffering.
  • Once completing the detox, recovery from alcohol can use Acamprosate.
  • Acamprosate decreases the craving to drink by avoiding negative sensations, such as nervousness and depression.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • The first drug to be approved for treatment of alcohol addiction was Disulfiram.
  • Disulfiram causes sickness and vomiting if alcohol is consumed at the same time.
  • The intention is that the ones taking disulfiram will not drink alcohol as it will make them feel sick.

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Heroin And Opiate Medications

Some examples of opiates are Heroin and Morphine, and an example of narcotic painkillers is Oxycontin. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms of recovering from opiate addiction can be eased by some medications. These medications are taken daily in the form of orally ingestible pills.

Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. Other drugs can have an extended withdrawal side effects. Cases of withdrawal symptoms that have lasted for months and even years have been recorded. The urges to use drugs and PAWS can be treated using long-term replacement medications. Medications are usually prescribed to recovering addicts for as long as is necessary.

Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is a drug used for mild to serious addictions.
  • It works by fusing to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers, however Methadone does not get the addict high.
  • The urges to take drugs are contained, and withdrawal symptoms avoided.
  • Discretion and care are needed because some people have been known to develop an addiction to Methadone.
  • It also prevents abuse so it is dispensed daily by clinics..
  • Additional Facts about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone, however it is little monitored since the addiction potential is inferior.
  • Instead of having to go for the drug every day at the clinic, the recovering users can go home with the drug.
  • Naltrexone
  • In treating either opiate or alcohol addiction, Naltrexone works in the same manner.
  • Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
  • Some of the brain receptors activated by alcohol and opiates are the same and this is why this drug works for both addictions.

Medical Detox And Rehabilitation

Many people have attempted to give up drug use on their own. Detoxing with no medical supervision, it is difficult as well as risky. To gain sobriety with no added health issues or risk of relapsing, a medically supervised detox is the best and safest mode. Alcohol and benzos addictions detox can only work in a medical environment.

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

Health complications are avoided in a medical detox program. The patient's vital signs and fluid levels can be monitored by a doctor. If patient felt any type of pain the doctor are there for help. Depending on what the patient needs, the doses for their medication can be changed accordingly and plans can also be made for long term treatment.

The ones with different health problems should also look for a medical detoxification. Hypertension is a risk complication for patients going through detox, and the medical profession best handles it. Any type of issue is solved by the doctor.

Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. In some circumstances, inpatient rehabilitation takes from 30 to 90 days. 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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