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How The Use Of Medications Can Help Treating Addiction


To prevent the possibility of falling back to a drug or suffering the negative effects of breaking addiction to it, it is important to use some other drugs. Prescription drugs help patients in managing the symptoms of withdrawal and control urges to avert relapse. Withdrawal signs make drug addiction difficult if not handled properly but not an impossible talk to achieve.

In both forms of an inpatient or outpatient therapy scheme, prescription of medications for addiction based treatments might occur. The amount of medication is being regulated and balanced throughout the course of the treatment to afford the best chance for recovery.


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


Drug Detox And Withdrawal

Detoxifying the body is the first step towards overcoming addiction. This is what is meant by detoxification stage. Depending on the severity of the addiction, this process may last from few days to weeks.

Challenges of managing withdrawal signs cause challenges to restrain from taking drugs. A series of disturbing feelings are witnessed by recovering addicts during detox.


Specific notable signs could include

  • Worries
  • Misery
  • Sickness
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle pain
  • Perspiration

Various signs observed during withdrawal processes are treated via the application of various medications. Some of these are

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Drugs used, diminishes unease and touchiness.
  • Restlessness or anxiety is the most commonly observed symptom of drug abuse.
  • Those dealing with quitting abuse of alcohol may find Benzos very useful.
  • Doctors are being careful when it comes prescribing Benzos since they are addictive.
  • Antidepressants
  • Getting the needed Dopamine for stimulate elation in the brain is usually difficult for addicts.
  • With the body being dependent on the substance during the abuse, the patient will suffer the opposite effect without the drug and would start to feel low.
  • Zoloft and Prozac antidepressants can be used to ease feelings of despair pending natural production of chemicals in the brain again prompting happiness.
  • Clonidine
  • This is classified as schedule II drug and is commonly used as an opioid and alcohol withdrawal medication.
  • Clonidine also contains trembling and convulsions conditions.

Drug dependency history determines the gravity of difference in withdrawal signs. Using huge amounts of drugs over a long period of time present greatest withdrawal challenging signs.

Sudden discontinued use of the drug is not recommended by treatment physicians as it may cause fatal or violent withdrawal effects especially when severe and extended addiction. Denouncing using drugs is not catastrophic; however, there are bad side effects. Professional care offers immediate attention and safe environment during the detoxification process.

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


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Alcohol Dependence Medications

The duration of withdrawal symptoms can be extended from weeks to months, if there exists a constant abuse of alcohol. Post-acute or prolonged withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is the phenomenon to which this is referred to.

An alcohol abuser may develop hatred for it or overcome PAWS if allows medical assistance. Daily tablets made for the consumption of patients is a general form for these medications.


Alcohol addiction medications include

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • This drug inhibits the pleasurable receptors in the brain thereby diminishing the effect of alcohol.
  • It also moderates the desire to drink.
  • Some immediate side-effects of this drug are dizziness and headaches.
  • Naltrexone is administered to the patient through injection monthly.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • As this lessens the physiological effects of alcohol.
  • Acamprosate can be used by alcoholics trying to recover after completely undergoing detox.
  • This medication lowers the craving for alcohol through its effect on worry and despair.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram provides tremendous treatment solution for alcohol addiction.
  • You're unable to control alcohol addiction, Disulfiram medication makes you sick and vomit if you drink.
  • Given that it makes them sick, people using Disulfiram won't drink and that's the underlying purpose.

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Heroin And Opiate Dependence Treatments

The drugs are Heroin, morphine and narcotic anaesthetics such as Oxycontin. The desire for more alcohol and the attendant challenge of quitting it will be put to rest by some sedatives and Heroin. You can get recommended prescription medication on daily basis in tablet form.

A little duration of just a week is enough to undergo Heroin and opiate withdrawal by some people. Long-term withdrawal symptoms might be experienced by others. In some cases, withdrawal signs could take months or years depending on individuals. PAWS and the desire to take alcohol can be controlled by taking a prescription drug that will help an addict to stay away from these addictive drugs permanently. The duration for medication depends on the history of individual addiction.

Administered medications to treat addictions for Heroin and painkillers include

  • Methadone
  • To terminate opiate addictions, an opiate called Methadone is used.
  • While it has no intoxicating effects on the users, it's mode of operation in the brain is similar to that of sedatives and Heroin.
  • This assists overcoming cravings and withdrawal side effects.
  • Methadone should be used in moderation to prevent this drug for treatment of Heroin and painkillers becoming a substitute addiction.
  • In order to make it impossible to abuse this drug, health centres give their patients daily dosage only.
  • Acquire Methadone adequate knowledge.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Functioning the same way as Methadone, Buprenorphine is less monitored since its addiction capacity is lower.
  • Its regulation is not as tight as Methadone that patients can take the pills home with them.
  • Naltrexone
  • This medication interacts with the same receptors involved in both opioid and alcohol addiction.
  • Naltrexone prohibits longing for the drug.
  • Since sedatives and alcohol both have similar effects on the brain, Naltrexone can help individuals who depend on both of them.

Medical Detox And Rehabilitation

Some will pick to detox by themselves. Detoxing from drug addiction alone presents bigger challenges than withdrawal with a doctor's assistance. Withdrawal from abusing drugs with assistance of medical personnel is the safest way out. It is highly recommended by the doctors to undergo detox for benzo and alcohol addicts.

To stop dependence on any form of drug, it is advisable to seek medical assistance.

Matters relating to one's health can be improved via supervised detox. Some important measurements such as breathing, temperature, and others will be taken and monitored. 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 practitioners caution drug dependents with other health issues to seek immediate professional help.

Hypertension may become pronounced after breaking addiction. Any form of arising problems can be tackled by a physician.

Those who take their treatment at rehab centres have the benefit of detoxification. This may take between a month and three. Supervised toxin removal is done within the first 7 days. To increase the success rate of recovery, other treatments like behavioural therapy are included in rehab.

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