Medications For Addiction Treatment during-rehab

How Medications Can Help Addiction Treatment


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. A patient can be put on these medications for the relief of withdrawal symptoms either as an in or out patient. The adjustment of dosage in treatment is only made for user to achieve proper soberness.


Some medicines give the same feeling as the drug of abuse thus helping one cope with the withdrawal.


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxification

The body has to get rid of the last remnants of the drug in the first stage of recovery. This is cleansing or detox. Depending on the drug the detox stage can last as long as several days to several weeks.

The detox period is made difficult by the withdrawal symptoms that result from denying the body the drug it has become accustomed to. Depending on the usage and history of drug, the rigorousness of withdrawal signs may vary. 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. These are some side effects

  • Anxiety
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling Nauseous
  • Convulsions
  • Body pains
  • Profuse sweating

Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. The doctor might recommend a patient to take some of the following

  • Benzodiazepines
  • They are suitable for treating stress and short temper.
  • Anxiety and stress are a common symptom of detox from many drugs.
  • The soothing impact which controls liquor withdrawals is Benzos.
  • Since the benzos are potentially addictive too, doctors prescribe them with care.
  • Antidepressants
  • With no drugs, an addict can't develop natural quantities of joy- generating chemicals in their brain.
  • Since they have depended on drugs to keep them satisfied for a long-term, people in detoxification frequently pass through depression.
  • Until the brain get's back to producing dopamine on its own, the drug user will require antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft to relieve the feeling of depression.
  • Clonidine
  • Clonidine is prescribed to treat alcohol and drug withdrawals and it decreases sweating, muscle spasm, anxiety and muscle pains.
  • Additionally, Clonidine can put an end to tremors and convulsive attack.

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. To ensure that detoxification is safe and successful, medical supervision is vital.

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Medicines For Alcohol Addiction

The period of withdrawal signs range from several weeks to months depending on the extended time of abusing alcohol regularly. This is called prolonged or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

Maintenance treatment can alleviate PAWS and can curb cravings or make the addict incapable to take alcohol. This type of medication is usually in the form of a tablet taken each day.


For liquor addiction these medicines are included

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • The brain receptors that produce pleasurable effects in the presence of alcohol are blocked by Naltrexone.
  • In addition, it keeps in control the craving to drink.
  • Sickness and migraine are cause by Naltrexone.
  • 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).
  • It helps those who have gone through detox to stay sober.
  • This medication reduces the urge to drink as it prevents negativity including depression and paranoia.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • This was the first approved medication for alcohol abuse.
  • Disulfiram causes sickness and vomiting if alcohol is consumed at the same time.
  • This medication has been very successful as it deters alcoholics from drinking.

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Treatment Medicine For Heroin And Opiate Addiction

Some examples of opiates are Heroin and Morphine, and an example of narcotic painkillers is Oxycontin. Opiate and Heroin medications helps the person in fighting against hunger and withdrawal signs. Opiate and Heroin are available in tablet forms.

Some recovering addicts only go through withdrawal from Heroin and Opiate drugs for just a week. Other drugs can have an extended withdrawal side effects. In some circumstances, the withdrawal side effects may last for months or years. Extended replacement medicines can put an end to strong desires and PAWS. A recovering addict should take these medicines until they are completely free.

Opiate addiction is usually treated using medications such as

  • Methadone
  • Opiate addiction from moderate to severe can be prescribed Methadone.
  • Methadone never get the addicts high and attaches to the similar receptors in the brain for working.
  • This assists curb strong desires and withdrawal side effects.
  • Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
  • It also prevents abuse so it is dispensed daily by clinics..
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  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • The addiction potential is less in Buprenorphine yet it works like a Methadone.
  • This medication can often be taken at home without having to go to the centre each day.
  • Naltrexone
  • In treating either opiate or alcohol addiction, Naltrexone works in the same manner.
  • 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

It is possible to detox at home. Home detox can be harder and more dangerous than attending a rehab centre. A safe and comfortable location such as a rehab centre is the best way to gain sobriety. For the ones who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must.

Treatment for any substance addiction should start with medically supervised detoxification.

Health problems can be dealt with quickly when in a rehab centre. Doctors record the patient's heart scale, body heat, breathing rate and fluid levels. 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. Withdrawals can make situations difficult such as high blood pressure. Doctors can spot impending problems and treat them early.

Treatment centres offering inpatient treatment often include detox in the program. Inpatient rehab acquire 30-90 days in some cases. In treatment, the first week usually involves detoxification during which the patient must be closely monitored. To improve the odds of recovering successfully, rehabilitation usually includes treatments such as behavioural therapy.

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