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Therapy And Medication For Drug Abuse

How The Use Of Medications Can Help Treating Addiction


The ultimate achievement of drug addiction therapy involves using alternative drugs to relieve withdrawal signs and lower the risks of reverse. A recovering addict can easily be in a clear state of mind via the use of medications. The inability to successfully manage challenges of breaking from addiction is responsible for suffering a reversal from recovery.

In both forms of an inpatient or outpatient therapy scheme, prescription of medications for addiction based treatments might occur. In order to speed up the rate of recovery from addiction, it may be necessary for physicians to alter the normal dose for an addict.


The desire to take more of the drug or health challenges of quitting an addictive substance can be replicated by some drugs.


Withdrawing And Detoxing From Drugs

As part of the detoxification process, the patient's body automatically rids itself of the toxic drugs. Detox period is the name given to it. Depending on the severity of the addiction, this process may last from few days to weeks.

The most difficult aspect of it is how to deal with the challenges of breaking the addiction. During the detoxification process, a previous addict pass through many painful effects.


Specific notable signs could include:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Dejection
  • Throwing up
  • Shaking
  • Muscles pains
  • Profuse perspiration

To handle the health challenges of breaking an addiction, a variety of prescription drugs may be used. Physician's prescription of arrange of drugs for detox program include:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Unnecessary worries and short temper will be slowed down Benzodiazepines.
  • Withdrawal from many drug addictions causing restlessness includes Cocaine and Opium related drugs such as Heroin.
  • Benzos alone can do so much, to relieve the patient from alcohol.
  • The addictive nature of Benzos drives the carefulness of doctors towards prescribing Benzos.
  • Antidepressants
  • The usual quantity of joy-inducing chemicals in an addicted person's brain, cannot be produced without the use of drugs.
  • Feeling moody is common to some ex addicts due to their dependence on substances for long.
  • While the brain is struggling to produce the right amount of dopamine, Prozac and Zoloft Be introduced to help ex-addicts overcome depression after quitting the addictive substance.
  • Clonidine
  • Clonidine decreases sweating, cramps, muscle pain and anxious feelings since this medicine is used to treat alcohol and other drugs withdrawals.
  • It treats muscle spasm, pains, seizures and anxiety.

Drug dependency history determines the gravity of difference in withdrawal signs. The most dreadful signs are usually experienced by those who indulged in abusing drugs in huge quantity over a long period of time.

A detoxification from alcohol or benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, can be fatal, so people addicted to them should never quit "cold turkey." Even though the act of withdrawals from other medications and drugs might not pose any life-threatening situation, there is a probability for various complications to arise. Medical assistance guarantees protection and a successful detoxification.

It is strongly advised that you seek support or assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction.


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Medication For Alcohol Abuse

Making wrong use of alcohol on a common basis for a long-term can extend withdrawal side effects, that could last from weeks to months. This is known as PAWS or Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.

Regular treatment or medication helps ease these symptoms and even reduce cravings for the substance. Everyday, addicts may take the prescription drugs as tablets.


Alcohol addiction medications include:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone works as a barrier to the receptors in the brain, which generate alcohol's satisfying sensations.
  • Craving for alcohol is also suppressed by this drug.
  • Migraines and sickness are some side effects of Naltrexone.
  • Once in a month, the drug may be injected.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • The mental and bodily challenges that result from dependence on alcoholic beverages can be overcome by using Acamprosate.
  • When the detoxification is completed, the recuperation of alcoholics can begin taking Acamprosate.
  • Worries and dejection are some of the factors responsible for drinking alcohol and can be brought under control by using Acamprosate.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram provides tremendous treatment solution for alcohol addiction.
  • Side effects like vomiting and nausea arise when a person drinks while taking Disulfiram.
  • It is believed that nausea will discourage alcoholics from drinking.

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Medication For Heroin And Other Opiate Abuse

Narcotic painkillers like oxycontin, morphine and Heroin are various forms of Opiates. Medications administered for opiate and Heroin helps reduce desires and withdrawal symptoms. These medicines are frequently offered in capsule form on a daily routine.

It is reported that the withdrawal symptoms of Heroin and other opiate drugs only last for one week. Some people may face this problem for a long period of time. In some cases, withdrawal signs could take months or years depending on individuals. PAWS and cravings can be annulled via long-term replacement medications. Medications can be used depending on the duration of which it is needed by former users.

Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are:

  • Methadone
  • If dependence on a painkiller is not serious, Methadone will be used to control it.
  • It operates by attaching to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers, however Methadone does not get the person high.
  • This assists overcoming cravings and withdrawal side effects.
  • Due to the reason that some people tend to become addicted to Methadone instead of Heroin and painkillers, it is administered with care.
  • Methadone medical centre dispense the opiate on a daily routine as a way to prevent wrong use of it.
  • Get further information about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • This is a lesser known addicting alternative to Methadone that is used in treatment centres.
  • Instead of trying to obtain the drug from the clinic on a daily basis, Buprenorphine users are allowed to take the drugs to their places of residence.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone performs the same way for drug addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
  • The desire to take the drug is removed.
  • This medication stimulates brain chemicals to work in a natural way than depend on drug addiction or alcohol.

Rehab And Detoxing Medically

You can withdraw from drugs solely. Detoxing from drug addiction alone presents bigger challenges than withdrawal with a doctor's assistance. Medical detoxification is the most excellent method to get sober in a secure and appropriate surrounding. For the people who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must do.

The first line of defence against drug addiction treatment requires coordinated detox program.

A supervised detoxification can relieve health problems. The doctors record the patient's heart rate, temperature, breathing rate and fluid levels. If the addict feels any discomfort, trained doctors are on hand to help him cope successfully. Doctors also make necessary medication dosage amendments to facilitate the patient's recovery from over time drug addiction. Medical detox should also be sort after by people with different issues health wise.

Withdrawal process can bring many issues, such as high blood pressure. A doctor can avoid any problems.

Detoxification is an indispensable step regardless of inpatient or outpatient program. This may take between a month and three. The patient is carefully examined during first week of detox. To increase the success rate of recovery, other treatments like behavioural therapy are included in rehab.

It is advised to look for a rehab having medical detox as soon as possible, if either yourself or a close friend or family member needs support in becoming sober call 0800 246 1509.