Addiction Medications during-rehab

How Medications Can Help Addiction Treatment


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. 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.


Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be eased with the help of medication that mimic the effect of the addictive substances.


Drug Withdrawal And Detoxing

The body has to get rid of the last remnants of the drug in the first stage of recovery. This process is known as detox or cleansing Depending on the drug in question, the detoxification period may be as long as several weeks or just a few days.

The detox period is made difficult by the withdrawal symptoms that result from denying the body the drug it has become accustomed to. The exact nature of the drug use will determine how severe the withdrawal symptoms will be. 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. There symptoms include

  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling depressed
  • Sickness
  • Seizures
  • Pain in the muscles
  • Sweating

Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. Many of the drugs that doctors use in detoxification are

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anxiousness and irritability are usually treated using these drugs.
  • One of the common side effect of withdrawal from drugs is Anxiety.
  • Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
  • Doctors are careful when it comes about prescribing benzos since they are habit-forming.
  • Antidepressants
  • These medicines help the user to feel good and create natural happiness in their brain.
  • It is common with the people in detox to feel depressed as they have been using drugs for a much longer period to keep themselves happy.
  • Until the brain can produce happiness inducing chemicals the patient is given antidepressants during the rehab program.
  • Clonidine
  • 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.
  • Tremors and fits can also be reduced with the use of Clonidine.

People who are detoxing from alcohol or Benzodiazepines for instance Valium or Xanax must never leave "cold turkey" in middle as their withdrawal sign can be fatal. Withdrawal from other Opiates aren't constantly deadly, however difficult situations can still appear. Medical assistance guarantees protection and accomplishment in detoxification.

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Medicines For Alcohol Addiction

Regular abusers of alcohol can suffer prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks or even months. When withdrawal symptoms last longer than usual, this is referred to 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. These medicines frequently come as a capsule that patients take every day.


Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • 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 is also available as a single dose given once a month in the form of an injection.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • This medicine alleviates emotional and physical pain resulted by alcohol addiction.
  • It helps those who have gone through detox to stay sober.
  • The craving for alcohol is reduced by Acamprosate since it holds back feelings such as depression and anxiousness.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Disulfiram was the primary medicine authorized for alcoholism.
  • 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.

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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. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.

There withdrawal times are less than a week. Some have long-term withdrawal side effects. Cases of withdrawal symptoms that have lasted for months and even years have been recorded. PAWS and cravings can be stopped by long-term medications. A recovering addict should take these medicines until they are completely free.

Opiate addiction is usually treated using medications such as

  • Methadone
  • An Opioid, Methadone is used to help with detoxification from opiate drug dependencies.
  • 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.
  • Discretion and care are needed because some people have been known to develop an addiction to Methadone.
  • 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 (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone but has a less potential to cause addiction and isn't regulated as much.
  • 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.
  • It helps to reduce cravings.
  • The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.

Medical Detox And Rehabilitation

Drug addicts when they want to stop addiction sometimes will choose to detox without medical supervision. Compared to medical detoxification, this has not only proven harder but also dangerous. Medical detoxification is the ideal method to accomplish sobriety in a secure and comfortable atmosphere. Medical detox is compulsory for those who are addicts of liquor or benzos.

Detox in a safe and comfortable environment if the first step to sobriety.

A monitored detoxification may relieve health problems. The patient's vital signs and fluid levels can be monitored by a doctor. 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.

Medical detox is for anyone facing health problems. Hypertension is a risk complication for patients going through detox, and the medical profession best handles it. A doctor may avoid any problems.

In residential rehabilitation, detoxification is always part of the program. 30 to 90 days of rehab is the average time it takes. The primary week is of carefully monitored detoxification. Rehab includes behavioural therapy to give the patient a better chance to understand how they can stay sober.

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