Medication For Addiction Treatment during-rehab

How Medications Help Addiction Treatment


To reduce the possibility of relapsing and to ease withdrawal symptoms, the use of other drugs during the treatment process has become quite common. Medicine can make it painless for recovering addicts to keep in sobriety. Some people striving to quit drugs or alcohol relapse since they cannot deal with withdrawal side effects. In many inpatient and outpatient treatment centres, medications are part of the addiction treatment program. The monitoring physician keeps altering the amount the patient takes for maximum benefit.


Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be eased with the help of medication that mimic the effect of the addictive substances.


Detoxing And Withdrawal

The body must detox in the first stages of rehab to allow the drug to leave the body completely. This is cleansing or detox. Depending on the drug the detox stage can last as long as several days to several weeks.

The real challenge for the patient is coping with the terrible withdrawal symptoms. The harshness of withdrawal effects changes depending on past drug use. Long-time drug users who took massive doses experience the most severe withdrawal symptoms.


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

  • Stress
  • Desolation
  • Sickness
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle pain
  • Sweating

Different withdrawal symptoms are treated with different medications. In detox, physicians may prescribe drugs such as

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiousness and irritability are usually treated using these drugs.
  • Anxiety and stress are a common symptom of detox from many drugs.
  • Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
  • This drug is also addictive so is prescribed with caution.
  • Antidepressants
  • Depression is common in withdrawal as the brain has problems producing the 'happy hormones' that are naturally produced.
  • 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.
  • Until the brain is capable to generate joy - inducing chemicals by itself again, antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Prozac, can assist when it comes to alleviating these sensations.
  • Clonidine
  • Sweating, aches, muscle pains and nervousness can be reduced by using Clonidine in the treatment of alcohol and opiate withdrawals.
  • Clonidine save you from seizures and shivering.

The ones detoxing from alcohol or Benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, should never quit "cold turkey" since it may be fatal. 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.

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Medicines For Treating Alcohol Addiction

Regular abusers of alcohol can suffer prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months. 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.


Alcohol addiction medication includes

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone has the ability to impasse receptors that generates the feeling of content with alcohol in the brain.
  • Not only this, it also suppress the desire of drinking.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • It can be given via injection once every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • The psychological and bodily stress emanating from alcohol abuse is relieved by taking Acamprosate (Campral).
  • This medication is usually taken by recovering alcoholics after the detoxification period is over.
  • 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.
  • It was hoped that the fact that taking alcohol would make them sick would prevent the recovering addicts from drinking.

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Medications For Opiate And Heroin Addiction

Drugs in the opiate group are Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin. Opiate and Heroin medicines comfort urges and withdrawal side effects. These medicines are frequently given in capsules form on a daily routine.

Everyone has a different withdrawal experience and for some it may only last as little as a week. Long- term withdrawal symptoms can be experienced by some people. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years for some people. PAWS and desires can be controlled by long-term replacement medicines. Medication can be taken for as long as is required by the patient.

Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is a drug used for mild to serious addictions.
  • Methadone never get the addicts high and attaches to the similar receptors in the brain for working.
  • This drug suppressing the craving and withdrawal symptoms.
  • People become addict of Methadone in place of Heroin and painkillers if it is not use carefully.
  • Treatment facilities offering Methadone give it to their patients daily so that they are not able to over indulge and become addicted.
  • You can find out more about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • The addiction potential is less in Buprenorphine yet it works like a Methadone.
  • Those on Buprenorphine are allowed to take their prescription home instead of visiting the treatment centre daily.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
  • Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
  • The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.

Medical Detox And Rehabilitation

Drug addicts when they want to stop addiction sometimes will choose to detox without medical supervision. Choosing detox on your own is not only difficult but also more hazardous than detoxing with physician. Medical detoxification is the ideal method to accomplish sobriety in a secure and comfortable atmosphere. Alcohol and benzos addictions detox can only work in a medical environment.

A monitored detox is the primary stage to treat any kind of addiction.

Health problems can be improve through supervised detox. The treating therapist monitors a rehab patient's vital signs like pulse, temperature, breathing rate and fluid levels in a medically supervised treatment. Medical staff are on hand to make the patient as comfortable as possible. In addition, they adapt any medicine dosages depending on the patient's requirements and durable programs for medication.

Patients with other health complications would be well advised to go on a medical detox. Withdrawals can make situations difficult such as high blood pressure. Doctors can spot impending problems and treat them early.

In residential rehabilitation, detoxification is always part of the program. Residential rehabilitation can last for between 30 and 90 days in many cases. Constant supervision is given during the first week of detox. To improve the odds of recovering successfully, rehabilitation usually includes treatments such as behavioural therapy.

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