There are many drugs which are used in addiction treatment programs to relieve withdrawal side effects and decrease the chances of relapse. Using additional medication can help the patient stay sober. The withdrawal symptoms are often the reason for the addict to relapse, so medication is given to ease the pain of withdrawal. Prescribed medication can be given to the patient as part of both inpatient and outpatient programs. In order to provide the best possibility of accomplishing sobriety, doctors might adapt medication doses during the progress of treatment.
Relief of withdrawal can be found in other drugs that mimic the effects of the drug they are addicted to.
Detoxification And Withdrawal From Drugs
At the start of the program, the body goes through a process to remove the drugs from the system. This is cleansing or detox. Depending on the drug the detox stage can last as long as several days to several weeks.
The hardest part of detoxification is having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms differs according to the history of drug abuse. The worst symptoms will be felt by those who have been taking high doses of the drug for a long duration.
During the detox process, the former drug addicts pass through many painful side effects. There symptoms include:
Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. Some of the drugs prescribed are as follows:
Anxiety and crabbiness can be decrease by these medicines.
One of the common side effect of withdrawal from drugs is Anxiety.
Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
Due to the addictive nature of Benzodiazepines, doctors tend to be cautious when prescribing them.
With no drugs, an addict can't develop natural quantities of joy- generating chemicals in their brain.
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 is prescribed to treat alcohol and drug withdrawals and it decreases sweating, muscle spasm, anxiety and muscle pains.
Clonidine is useful for controlling shivering and convulsions.
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. To ensure that detoxification is safe and successful, medical supervision is vital.
Speak with someone that can give you assistance in case you are suffering from an addiction.
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).
PAWS can help relieve cravings or make the patient unable to tolerate alcohol. The medication is usually taken as a single pill once a day.
Such medications for treating alcohol dependency are:
Naltrexone (Vivitrol) stops the brain from producing pleasure chemicals in reaction to alcohol intake.
The craving for alcohol is also reduced by the drug.
Nausea or headaches can be caused by Naltrexone.
It is also available as a single dose given once a month in the form of an injection.
This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
Once alcohol detox is complete the patient can begin to take Acamprosate.
Acamprosate decreases the craving to drink by avoiding negative sensations, such as nervousness and depression.
Disulfiram was the primary medicine authorized for alcoholism.
Disulfiram causes sickness and vomiting if alcohol is consumed at the same time.
Recovering users do not want to take alcohol when they are on disulfiram because they feel sick if they do.
Get further information about medical care for alcohol addiction.
Heroin And Drug Addiction Medicines
Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin are all Opiates. Opiate and Heroin medications helps the person in fighting against hunger and withdrawal signs. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.
Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. Long-term withdrawal symptoms may also be experienced by others. In a few cases, withdrawal symptoms may last for several months or even years. PAWS and desires can be controlled by long-term replacement medicines. Ex-users can often find themselves taking medicines for up to a year, or longer is needed.
Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are:
Methadone is for normal to high Opiate addictions.
Methadone links to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers but without the high.
Methadone helps to suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone can become addictive so it is used with caution.
Every day, many doses of Methadone are dispensed by Methadone clinics.
Get further information about Methadone.
Buprenorphine is less potent than Methadone though it works on the same principles, it is not as highly controlled.
For Buprenorphine it is not necessary to go clinic and get it regularly, the patient can also take it at home.
Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
Alcohol and Opiate turns on the similar receptors in the brain so it is for both.
Treatment Centres And Medical Detoxification
It is possible to detox at home. Compared to medical detoxification, this has not only proven harder but also dangerous. The best way to successfully recover is to undergo medical detoxification which is done in a safe environment. 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.
Health problems can be improve through supervised detox. Doctors record the patient's heart scale, body heat, breathing rate and fluid levels. If patient felt any type of pain the doctor are there for help. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.
The ones with different health problems should also look for a medical detoxification. High blood pressure is one of the problem of withdrawals. Any sudden complications can be handled by a doctor.
In residential rehabilitation, detoxification is always part of the program. A person typically requires one to three months to go through detox. The primary week is of carefully monitored detoxification. Behavioural therapy is one of the rehab treatment for making recuperation fruitful.
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