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. 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. Medicines for addiction medical care can be prescribed as a segment of an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. The adjustment of dosage in treatment is only made for user to achieve proper soberness.
Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be eased with the help of medication that mimic the effect of the addictive substances.
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. It depends on the drug that how last the detox will be, for some days or some weeks.
The most difficult stage of detox is dealing with withdrawal side effects. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms differs according to the history of drug abuse. The most terrible signs are appeared in the case of those who have been using the drugs for longer period of time with high dosage.
During the detox process, the former drug addicts pass through many painful side effects. They may include
- Feeling sick
- Convulsive attack
- Muscle pain
- Profuse sweating
There are a list of different medications that can be used during detox. The medicines which are given by doctors in detox are
- For stress and irritability reduction.
- Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
- The soothing impact which controls liquor withdrawals is Benzos.
- Benzos are addictive so physicians are careful about prescribing those.
- 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.
- To avoid such feelings till the time the brain itself starts producing happiness-inducing chemicals, Zoloft and Prozac (antidepressants) should be used.
- Clonidine can reduce anxiousness, muscle aches, sweating and cramps and is used to treat withdrawal from opioids and alcohol.
- 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. Complications can arise while detoxing from other drugs although the withdrawal symptoms are rarely deadly. Detox should be carried out with medical help from professionals.
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Severe and prolonged withdrawal symptoms that last for weeks or months are as a result of alcohol abuse over an extended period. When withdrawal symptoms last longer than usual, this is referred to as Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
Maintenance treatment can alleviate PAWS and can curb cravings or make the addict incapable to take alcohol. Patient take these tablets every day.
For liquor addiction these medicines are included
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol) stops the brain from producing pleasure chemicals in reaction to alcohol intake.
- The craving for alcohol is also reduced by the drug.
- Naltrexone might provoke some sickness in stomach or headaches.
- Naltrexone is administered every four weeks via injection.
- 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.
- This medication reduces the urge to drink as it prevents negativity including depression and paranoia.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- The first drug to be approved for treatment of alcohol addiction was 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.
You can find out more about medication used in treating alcohol addiction.
Medications For Opiate And Heroin Addiction
Drugs in the opiate group are Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin. Medication for Opiates and Heroin can ease the urges and craving and other withdrawal symptoms during detox. Opiate and Heroin are available in tablet forms.
Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. Long-term withdrawal symptoms may also be experienced by others. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years for some people. PAWS and desires can be controlled by long-term replacement medicines. Medications are usually prescribed to recovering addicts for as long as is necessary.
Medication for Heroin and painkillers are as follows
- Methadone is for normal to high Opiate addictions.
- Methadone never get the addicts high and attaches to the similar receptors in the brain for working.
- 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.
- Treatment facilities offering Methadone give it to their patients daily so that they are not able to over indulge and become addicted.
- Get further information 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.
- Naltrexone works for both Opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.
- Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
- Since alcohol and opiates stimulate some of the same receptors in the brain, naltrexone can work for both addictions.
Medical Detox And Rehab
Some people pick detoxification on their own. Choosing detox on your own is not only difficult but also more hazardous than detoxing with physician. You can become sober once again through medical detox in relaxed surroundings. 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 complications are avoided in a medical detox program. 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. 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.
Medically supervised detoxification is also important for people with other health problems. Blood pressure can be problematic during detox. Any sudden complications can be handled by a doctor.
Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. Inpatient rehab acquire 30-90 days in some cases. The initial week comprised of closely observed detox. Rehab includes behavioural therapy to give the patient a better chance to understand how they can stay sober.
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