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Therapy And Medication For Drug Abuse

Ways In Which Dependency Treatment Is Facilitated Via Medicines


With the aim to manage withdrawal symptoms and avert relapse most treatment programs utilize prescription drugs. Prescriptions can help the recovering addicts to stay sober. Most people can't deal with the symptoms of abstinence when they tend to quit drugs or alcohol.

Whether you prefer immediate or sustained-release from addiction, you can get medication from outpatient or inpatient. In order to speed up the rate of recovery from addiction, it may be necessary for physicians to alter the normal dose for an addict.


Studies show that some prescription drugs used to alleviate withdrawal dependency signs have similar signs.


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxification

The addict has to remove every trace of drug within itself during the preliminary phases of re-coping. This is what is meant by detoxification stage. Based on the potency of the drug, the duration of detox ranges from several days to several weeks.

Dealing with the withdrawal side effects is, frequently, the hardest part of detox. During the detoxification process, a previous addict pass through many painful effects.


Specific notable signs could include:

  • Unease
  • Extreme sadness
  • Vomiting
  • Epileptic fit or seizures
  • Muscles pains
  • Perspiration

To handle the health challenges of breaking an addiction, a variety of prescription drugs may be used. During detox, some of the drugs prescribed by physicians to patients are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Unnecessary worries and short temper will be slowed down Benzodiazepines.
  • Withdrawal from many drug addictions causing restlessness includes Cocaine and Opium related drugs such as Heroin.
  • Alcohol withdrawals are made easy through the help of a sedative property of Benzos.
  • Just like any other detox medication, Benzodiazepines are addictive hence it is highly regulated.
  • Antidepressants
  • The usual quantity of joy-inducing chemicals in an addicted person's brain, cannot be produced without the use of drugs.
  • Sadness is a common occurrence in patients undergoing withdrawal process from long standing historical dependency on drugs.
  • Zoloft and Prozac are antidepressants that can assist comforting the side effects until the brain is capable to generate happy sensations - inducing chemicals on its own again.
  • Clonidine
  • This is classified as schedule II drug and is commonly used as an opioid and alcohol withdrawal medication.
  • Shakings and convulsions are also under the control of Clonidine.

The harshness of withdrawal effects changes according to the past drug use. The best hit are heavy addicts who have depended on drugs for years.

A detoxification from alcohol or benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, can be fatal, so people addicted to them should never quit "cold turkey." There may be difficulties when quitting some addictive substances, although those difficulties are not lethal. The rate of certainty and protection in detox is guaranteed via medical care.

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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.

In the event of PAWS, sustained treatment from addiction is necessary to prevent desire for drug abuse relapse. Everyday, addicts may take the prescription drugs as tablets.


Medications for alcohol addiction include:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • The part of the brain that is responsible for making people feel intoxicated is usually inhibited by Naltrexone.
  • Craving for alcohol is also suppressed by this drug.
  • Naltrexone might provoke some nauseous feelings or headaches.
  • At an interval of four weeks, it might be administered via injections.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • As this lessens the physiological effects of alcohol.
  • When toxin has been removed from the body, the addict may begin to use the drug as part of their recovery process.
  • Worries and dejection are some of the factors responsible for drinking alcohol and can be brought under control by using Acamprosate.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • The first drug to help people overcome dependence on alcohol is Disulfiram.
  • You're unable to control alcohol addiction, Disulfiram medication makes you sick and vomit if you drink.
  • Drink while taking Disulfiram and get sick, that is the rationale behind this medication.

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Heroin And Opiate Dependence Treatments

Heroin and morphine are opiate painkillers. Medications administered for opiate and Heroin helps reduce desires and withdrawal symptoms. These come in tablet form and are taken on a daily basis.

For about 7 days, a few number of people may face health challenges arising from quitting some painkillers and Heroin. Other commonly abused drugs have withdrawal symptoms that stay longer. In some other instances, the withdrawal symptoms can extend for even months or years. PAWS commitment to take medication is the solution. Usually, a former user can take medicines for as long as necessary.

Dependence on Heroin and other sedatives can be controlled by using these:

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is a type of drug, which is used for moderate to severe drug addictions.
  • 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.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and cravings are to a maximum extent reduced via this medication.
  • As a replacement for sedatives and Heroin, a few users have developed dependence on Methadone, the very reason it's use must be moderated.
  • This prescription drug is dispensed on a daily basis to avoid abuse.
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  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • The risk of abusing this drug is not high as that of Methadone although there are similarities in the way they function in the body.
  • You're allowed to take and use Buprenorphine drug home instead of visiting the clinic on a regular basis for new supply.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone is used for treating alcohol dependency withdrawal signs similar to treating opium addiction.
  • The desire to take the drug is removed.
  • The drugs unique interaction with the brain allows its versatility.

Medical Detoxification And Rehabilitation

Removing the toxin without medical assistance is what a good number of people do. The situation does not also make the situation difficult but also unsafe for the patient. A supervised detox is far safer and effective than the DIY option. For the people who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must do.

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

Detox with the aid of treatment professionals would lessen the complication brought about by other underlying issues. A patient's fluid level, temperature, heart rate and breathing rate are kept on track by the administering physicians. Any discomfort felt by the patient is relieved by the intervention of physicians. While they think of a permanent solution to the problem, they makes some changes to an addict's prescription drugs according to his or her special needs. Patients with multiple health challenges should seek medical detox program.

Withdrawal from addiction can cause high blood pressure. In which case, immediate medical care is invaluable to avert fatal effects of it.

Detox is ideal for inpatient rehabilitation. 30 to 90 days is normally the duration of an inpatient rehabilitation. Detoxification is the majority of the focus during the first few days. To increase the success rate of recovery, other treatments like behavioural therapy are included in rehab.

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