There are many drugs which are used in addiction treatment programs to relieve withdrawal side effects and decrease the chances of relapse. Staying sober can be much easier for a recovering addict with the help of medication. Many recovering addicts are unable to bear the severity of withdrawal symptoms and this makes many of them relapse. Prescribed medication can be given to the patient as part of both inpatient and outpatient programs. 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.
The user need to get free themselves from the drug in the early stage of recovery. This is cleansing or detox. Based on the drug, the detoxification process can last from several days to several weeks.
The real challenge for the patient is coping with the terrible withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the patient's past drug or alcohol use the withdrawal symptoms will vary. For those addicts of long term, high dose drug or alcohol abuse the withdrawal symptoms will be more severe.
The patient may experience horrible symptoms during detox. These are some side effects:
There are a list of different medications that can be used during detox. The medicines which are given by doctors in detox are:
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. Other drugs withdrawal symptoms are less deadly, but it is good to take caution as there are always risks. Medical assistance guarantees protection and accomplishment in detoxification.
Get in touch with an addiction specialist if you know someone who is struggling with addiction.
Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction can last from several weeks to a few months depending on the frequency and duration over which alcohol is abused. This occurrence is known as prolong or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
With treatments such as maintenance therapy, the PAWS can be relieved as well as the cravings and they may also make the user unable to stomach alcohol. Patient take these tablets every day.
Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as:
You can find out more about medication used in treating alcohol addiction.
Heroin, Morphine and sedative painkillers such as Oxycontin are included in Opiates. Medication for Opiates and Heroin can ease the urges and craving and other withdrawal symptoms during detox. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.
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. Medication can be taken for as long as is required by the patient.
Medication for Heroin and painkillers are as follows:
It is possible to detox at home. This isn't just more difficult, it is also more risky than a medical detoxing. A safe and comfortable location such as a rehab centre is the best way to gain sobriety. For the ones who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must.
Detox in a safe and comfortable environment if the first step to sobriety.
Health complications are avoided in a medical detox program. Doctors record the patient's heart scale, body heat, breathing rate and fluid levels. The doctors keep the patient comfortable. Another advantage is that doctors will adjust dosages as the patient response dictates and can advise on long-term treatment schedules.
Other health problems can make detox more complex, therefore, medical detox should be sought. Blood pressure can be problematic during detox. Any type of issue is solved by the doctor.
Treatment centres offering inpatient treatment often include detox in the program. 30 to 90 days of rehab is the average time it takes. The patient is placed under consistent monitoring and observation the first week of rehab which is very crucial. Rehab includes behavioural therapy to give the patient a better chance to understand how they can stay sober.
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