Treating Addiction With Medicines
A lot of efficient addiction treatment programs need the use of other drugs to help withdrawal side effects and decrease the chance of relapse. Using additional medication can help the patient stay sober. When the withdrawal side effects are too much then sometimes users surrender and stop taking medications and relapse. For inpatient and outpatient rehab plans they have included medicines in addiction treatment. For the best chance of becoming sober and staying sober the medication dose may be altered.
These medicines can ease withdrawal side effects and desires.
Detox And Drug Withdrawal
The body has to get rid of the last remnants of the drug in the first stage of recovery. This is cleansing or detox. It depends on the drug that how last the detox will be, for some days or some weeks.
The real challenge for the patient is coping with the terrible withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the usage and history of drug, the rigorousness of withdrawal signs may vary. Long-time drug users who took massive doses experience the most severe withdrawal symptoms.
During the detox process, the former drug addicts pass through many painful side effects. Some of these are
- Pain in the muscles
- Excessive perspiration
Different medicines are prescribed to help various withdrawal side effects. Some of the drugs prescribed are as follows
- For stress and irritability reduction.
- 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.
- Since the benzos are potentially addictive too, doctors prescribe them with care.
- These medicines help the user to feel good and create natural happiness in their brain.
- People recovering from drug addiction tend to suffer from depression since their brains can't produce dopamine normally.
- Until the brain can produce happiness inducing chemicals the patient is given antidepressants during the rehab program.
- Clonidine is prescribed for treating alcohol and opiate-related withdrawal symptoms; it gives relief by reducing the intense perspiring, muscle spasms, body pains and stress.
- Clonidine save you from seizures and shivering.
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. Complications from other drugs can arise but are not considered life threatening. Detoxifying under medical supervision makes sure things are done right and raises the chances of beating the addiction.
Speak with someone that can give you assistance in case you are suffering from an addiction.
Ready to Get Help?
CALL US NOW ON 0800 772 3971
Medicines For Treating Alcohol 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. 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. This type of medication is usually in the form of a tablet taken each day.
For liquor addiction these medicines are included
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Naltrexone is a drug that blocks the brain receptors that produce the pleasurable effects of alcohol.
- It stops the urge to take alcohol.
- In some cases, Naltrexone is known to cause vomiting and migraines.
- It can be given via injection once every four weeks.
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- Acamprosate has the ability to comfort from the effects of alcohol obsession that includes emotional and physical suffering.
- Recovering alcoholics may begin taking Acamprosate once the detoxification is completed.
- Acamprosate works by eliminating the worse feelings of nervousness and hopelessness that results in lessening the desire to drink.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- The first drug to be approved for treatment of alcohol addiction was Disulfiram.
- Disulfiram causes sickness and vomiting if alcohol is consumed at the same time.
- The intention is that the ones taking disulfiram will not drink alcohol as it will make them feel sick.
Get further information about medical care for alcohol addiction.
Treatment Medicine For Heroin And Opiate Addiction
Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin are all Opiates. Opiate and Heroin medications helps the person in fighting against hunger and withdrawal signs. These medications are usually taken daily in tablet form.
Some people may pass through Heroin and Opiate withdrawal for about a week. Other drugs can have an extended withdrawal side effects. In a few cases, withdrawal symptoms may last for several months or even years. To completely stop the urges to take drugs and the PAWS, it helps to be on replacement medicines for an extended period. Ex-patients can use these medicines as long as they want.
Opiate addiction is usually treated using medications such as
- An Opioid, Methadone is used to help with detoxification from opiate drug dependencies.
- 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.
- Because Methadone also has the capacity to cause addiction, it is usually prescribed cautiously.
- It also prevents abuse so it is dispensed daily by clinics..
- Additional Facts about Methadone.
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
- The addiction potential is less in Buprenorphine yet it works like a Methadone.
- For Buprenorphine it is not necessary to go clinic and get it regularly, the patient can also take it at home.
- The effect of Naltrexone on opiate addiction is the same as its effect on alcohol addiction.
- This drug helps to control the urge or craving.
- Alcohol and Opiate turns on the similar receptors in the brain so it is for both.
Medical Detox And Rehabilitation
Some people pick detoxification on their own. 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. Medical detoxification is necessary for people dependent on alcohol or Benzodiazepines.
A monitored detox is the primary stage to treat any kind of addiction.
Health problems can be dealt with quickly when in a rehab centre. The patient's vital signs and fluid levels can be monitored by a doctor. Doctors assist alleviate any pain the patient can be passing through. Depending on what the patient needs, the doses for their medication can be changed accordingly and plans can also be made for long term treatment.
Medical detox is for anyone facing health problems. Blood pressure can be problematic during detox. Any type of issue is solved by the 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.
Medical rehab is the best choice for helping a loved one gain sobriety call 0800 772 3971.