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How Addiction Treatment Has Improved Due To Medication


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. 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. 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.


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxification

During the first steps of recovery, the system must remove the drugs from itself. This process is referred to as detoxification. Based on the drug, the detoxification process can last from several days to several weeks.

The most difficult stage of detox is dealing with withdrawal side effects. 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.


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

  • Anxiety
  • Gloominess
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Pain in the muscles
  • Sweating

To deal with these withdrawal side effects, many medicines are available for this. Many of the drugs that doctors use in detoxification are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiousness and irritability are usually treated using these drugs.
  • Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
  • The recommended Benzos give a soothing feeling that helps withdrawal also from alcohol.
  • Doctors are careful when it comes about prescribing benzos since they are habit-forming.
  • Antidepressants
  • An addict's brain is usually accustomed to producing dopamine only in the presence of a drug.
  • 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.
  • To avoid such feelings till the time the brain itself starts producing happiness-inducing chemicals, Zoloft and Prozac (antidepressants) should be used.
  • Clonidine
  • Sweating, aches, muscle pains and nervousness can be reduced by using Clonidine in the treatment of alcohol and opiate withdrawals.
  • Tremors and fits can also be reduced with the use of Clonidine.

Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. Withdrawal from other Opiates aren't constantly deadly, however difficult situations can still appear. To ensure that detoxification is safe and successful, medical supervision is vital.

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Medications For Treating Alcohol Withdrawal

Severe and prolonged withdrawal symptoms that last for weeks or months are as a result of alcohol abuse over an extended period. These symptoms that last a long time are also known as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

Medications prescribed for PAWS are also active in stopping the urge to use and make the user unable to hold alcohol in their stomach. Patient take these tablets every day.


Alcohol addiction medication includes:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone prevent receptors in the brain that generate alcohol's satisfying side effects.
  • It stops the urge to take alcohol.
  • Sickness and migraine are cause by Naltrexone.
  • Naltrexone is given in the form of a injection.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • The psychological and bodily stress emanating from alcohol abuse is relieved by taking Acamprosate (Campral).
  • Once completing the detox, recovery from alcohol can use Acamprosate.
  • The craving for alcohol is reduced by Acamprosate since it holds back feelings such as depression and anxiousness.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Alcohol addicts were first given the medication of Disulfiram.
  • It works by causing the person taking it to suffer nausea and vomiting if they consume alcohol.
  • This medication has been very successful as it deters alcoholics from drinking.

You can find out more about medication used in treating alcohol addiction.


Heroin And Opiate Medications

Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin are all Opiates. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms of recovering from opiate addiction can be eased by some medications. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.

Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. Some have long-term withdrawal side effects. In some circumstances, the withdrawal side effects may last for months or years. Extended replacement medicines can put an end to strong desires and PAWS. Medication can be taken for as long as is required by the patient.

Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are:

  • Methadone
  • Opiate addiction from moderate to severe can be prescribed Methadone.
  • 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.
  • Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
  • The medication is dispensed daily to prevent abuse.
  • More About Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in a similar way to Methadone but does not need to be as closely regulated due to the possibility of addiction is far less.
  • This medication can often be taken at home without having to go to the centre each day.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works for both Opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.
  • It puts an end to cravings.
  • Since alcohol and opiates work on the same brain nerve endings, Naltrexone can stop both the same way.

Centres For Medical Detox And Rehab

Many people have attempted to give up drug use on their own. Choosing detox on your own is not only difficult but also more hazardous than detoxing with physician. 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 problems can be improve through supervised detox. Fluids levels, temperature, heart and breathing rate checked by doctors. Doctors assist alleviate any pain the patient can be passing through. Another advantage is that doctors will adjust dosages as the patient response dictates and can advise on long-term treatment schedules.

Medical detox is for anyone facing health problems. Problems such as high blood pressure can be worsened by detoxification. Any sudden complications can be handled by a doctor.

Inpatient rehab often includes detox. In some circumstances, inpatient rehabilitation takes from 30 to 90 days. The patient is placed under consistent monitoring and observation the first week of rehab which is very crucial. To improve the odds of recovering successfully, rehabilitation usually includes treatments such as behavioural therapy.

Find a rehabilitation with medical detoxification today for you or someone you care about that needs assistance to accomplish sobriety call 0800 246 1509.