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. Staying sober can be much easier for a recovering addict with the help of medication. 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. To give the patient the best chance of recovering, a doctor may adjust the dosage of the medication gradually during the treatment.
These medicines can ease withdrawal side effects and desires.
Drug Withdrawal And Detoxing
The body has to get rid of the last remnants of the drug in the first stage of recovery. This stage is known as the detox period. Depending on the drug in question, the detoxification period may be as long as several weeks or just a few days.
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. The worst symptoms will be felt by those who have been taking high doses of the drug for a long duration.
During the detox process, the former drug addicts pass through many painful side effects. These are some side effects:
Different withdrawal symptoms are treated with different medications. The doctor might recommend a patient to take some of the following:
For stress and irritability reduction.
Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
Due to the addictive nature of Benzodiazepines, doctors tend to be cautious when prescribing them.
Depression is common in withdrawal as the brain has problems producing the 'happy hormones' that are naturally produced.
People recovering from drug addiction tend to suffer from depression since their brains can't produce dopamine normally.
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 is prescribed to treat alcohol and drug withdrawals and it decreases sweating, muscle spasm, anxiety and muscle pains.
Clonidine is useful for controlling shivering and convulsions.
Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. Other drugs withdrawal symptoms are less deadly, but it is good to take caution as there are always risks. Detox should be carried out with medical help from professionals.
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Regular abusers of alcohol can suffer prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months. This event is known as post-acute or prolonged withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
PAWS can be comforted through maintenance rehabilitation that may not only reduce hunger but also limit drug desire. These medicines frequently come as a capsule that patients take every day.
For liquor addiction these medicines are included:
The brain receptors that produce pleasurable effects in the presence of alcohol are blocked by Naltrexone.
Not only this, it also suppress the desire of drinking.
There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
Acamprosate has the ability to comfort from the effects of alcohol obsession that includes emotional and physical suffering.
It helps those who have gone through detox to stay sober.
Acamprosate works by eliminating the worse feelings of nervousness and hopelessness that results in lessening the desire to drink.
This was the first approved medication for alcohol abuse.
It works by causing the person taking it to suffer nausea and vomiting if they consume alcohol.
To avoid this sickness, the person who is taking Disulfiram must not consume drink.
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Treatment Medicine For Heroin And Opiate Addiction
Morphine, Heroin and narcotic painkillers such as OxyContin are all opiates. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms of recovering from opiate addiction can be eased by some medications. These medications are taken daily in the form of orally ingestible pills.
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. In a few cases, withdrawal symptoms may last for several months or even years. PAWS and desires can be controlled by long-term replacement medicines. Medications are usually prescribed to recovering addicts for as long as is necessary.
Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:
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.
This drug suppressing the craving and withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
Treatment facilities offering Methadone give it to their patients daily so that they are not able to over indulge and become addicted.
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Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone, however it is little monitored since the addiction potential is inferior.
For Buprenorphine it is not necessary to go clinic and get it regularly, the patient can also take it at home.
In treating either opiate or alcohol addiction, Naltrexone works in the same manner.
It helps to reduce cravings.
Some of the brain receptors activated by alcohol and opiates are the same and this is why this drug works for both addictions.
Treatment Centres And Medical Detoxification
Some people pick detoxification on their own. Compared to medical detoxification, this has not only proven harder but also dangerous. To gain sobriety with no added health issues or risk of relapsing, a medically supervised detox is the best and safest mode. For the ones who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must.
A monitored detox is the primary stage to treat any kind of addiction.
A monitored detoxification may relieve health problems. Fluids levels, temperature, heart and breathing rate checked by doctors. If patient felt any type of pain the doctor are there for help. 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. High blood pressure is one of the problem of withdrawals. Any type of issue is solved by the doctor.
Inpatient rehab often includes detox. Residential rehabilitation can last for between 30 and 90 days in many cases. In treatment, the first week usually involves detoxification during which the patient must be closely monitored. Treatment in rehab centres also incorporates psychological counselling for an all round recovery.
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