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Addiction Medications

How Medications Help Addiction Treatment


The use of other drugs may be needed to ensure the treatment is a success and that withdrawal symptoms are eased. Using additional medication can help the patient stay sober. Some people striving to quit drugs or alcohol relapse since they cannot deal with withdrawal side effects. Medicines for addiction medical care can be prescribed as a segment of an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. In order to provide the best possibility of accomplishing sobriety, doctors might adapt medication doses during the progress of treatment.


Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be eased with the help of medication that mimic the effect of the addictive substances.


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxing

At the start of the program, the body goes through a process to remove the drugs from the system. 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.

Dealing with withdrawal side effects is frequently the hardest part of detoxification. The exact nature of the drug use will determine how severe the withdrawal symptoms will be. The worst symptoms will be felt by those who have been taking high doses of the drug for a long duration.


There is a myriad of those symptoms that recovering addicts experience. There symptoms include:

  • Anxiousness
  • Gloominess
  • Feeling Nauseous
  • Seizures
  • Pain in the muscles
  • Excessive perspiration

Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. The medicines which are given by doctors in detox are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • For stress and irritability reduction.
  • One of the common side effect of withdrawal from drugs is Anxiety.
  • Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
  • Since the benzos are potentially addictive too, doctors prescribe them with care.
  • Antidepressants
  • A brain that has been addicted to drugs is not able to produce the chemicals that give pleasant feelings on its own.
  • It is common with the people in detox to feel depressed as they have been using drugs for a much longer period to keep themselves happy.
  • 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
  • For relief of sweating, aching muscles, cramps and paranoia in alcohol and opiate withdrawal Clonidine is used.
  • Seizures and tremors can also be treated using Clonidine.

People recovering from alcohol, Valium or Xanax addiction should never try to quit on their own since detoxing from alcohol or benzodiazepines can lead to death. Complications can arise while detoxing from other drugs although the withdrawal symptoms are rarely deadly. Medical assistance guarantees protection and accomplishment in detoxification.

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Addiction Medication

Severe and prolonged withdrawal symptoms that last for weeks or months are as a result of alcohol abuse over an extended period. 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. The medication is usually taken as a single pill once a day.


Such medications for treating alcohol dependency are:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone prevent receptors in the brain that generate alcohol's satisfying side effects.
  • The craving for alcohol is also reduced by the drug.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • It can be given via injection once every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
  • Once alcohol detox is complete the patient can begin to take Acamprosate.
  • By hindering unhappy thoughts that cause stress and unhappiness, Acamprosate stops the users from wanting to take alcohol.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Among the drugs approved for treating alcoholism Disulfiram was the first one.
  • 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. Opiate and Heroin medicines comfort urges and withdrawal side effects. These medications are usually taken daily in tablet form.

Some people may pass through Heroin and Opiate withdrawal for about a week. Some have long-term withdrawal side effects. In some cases the withdrawals side effects can last for months or years. 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.

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 drug suppressing the craving and withdrawal symptoms.
  • 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 is less potent than Methadone though it works on the same principles, it is not as highly controlled.
  • Those on Buprenorphine are allowed to take their prescription home instead of visiting the treatment centre daily.
  • Naltrexone
  • In treating either opiate or alcohol addiction, Naltrexone works in the same manner.
  • It puts an end to cravings.
  • The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.

Detoxing And Rehab

Many people have attempted to give up drug use on their own. Compared to medical detoxification, this has not only proven harder but also dangerous. Medical detoxification is the ideal method to accomplish sobriety in a secure and comfortable atmosphere. For the ones who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must.

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

Health problems can be dealt with quickly when in a rehab centre. 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. Doctors adjust the medication for long-term program and as per the need of patients.

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. The initial week comprised of closely observed detox. Behavioural therapy is one of the rehab treatment for making recuperation fruitful.

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