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. Intensive and most severe withdrawal symptoms cause many to go back to taking drugs. In many inpatient and outpatient treatment centres, medications are part of the addiction treatment program. For the best chance of becoming sober and staying sober the medication dose may be altered.
Relief of withdrawal can be found in other drugs that mimic the effects of the drug they are addicted to.
Detox And Drug Withdrawal
During the first steps of recovery, the system must remove the drugs from itself. This process is known as detox or cleansing It depends on the drug that how last the detox will be, for some days or some weeks.
The real challenge for the patient is coping with the terrible withdrawal symptoms. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms differs according to the history of drug abuse. Long-time drug users who took massive doses experience the most severe withdrawal symptoms.
During the detox process, the former drug addicts pass through many painful side effects. Symptoms include:
Sickness or feeling sick
Aches in the muscles
There are a list of different medications that can be used during detox. The medicines which are given by doctors in detox are:
These drugs decrease nervousness and irritability.
Stress is mostly associated with withdrawal from drugs like Cocaine and Heroin
The soothing impact which controls liquor withdrawals is Benzos.
Doctors are careful when it comes about prescribing benzos since they are habit-forming.
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 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.
Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. Complications from other drugs can arise but are not considered life threatening. Detox should be carried out with medical help from professionals.
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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).
PAWS can be comforted through maintenance rehabilitation that may not only reduce hunger but also limit drug desire. This type of medication is usually in the form of a tablet taken each day.
Such medications for treating alcohol dependency are:
Naltrexone is a drug that blocks the brain receptors that produce the pleasurable effects of alcohol.
It stops the urge to take alcohol.
In some cases, Naltrexone is known to cause vomiting and migraines.
It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
The physical and emotional distress caused by alcohol dependency can be eased using this drug.
Once alcohol detox is complete the patient can begin to take Acamprosate.
The craving for alcohol is reduced by Acamprosate since it holds back feelings such as depression and anxiousness.
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.
You can find out more about medication used in treating alcohol addiction.
Medications For Opiate And Heroin Addiction
Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin are all Opiates. Opiate and Heroin medications helps the person in fighting against hunger and withdrawal signs. These medicines are frequently given in capsules form on a daily routine.
Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. Other drugs can have an extended withdrawal side effects. Cases of withdrawal symptoms that have lasted for months and even years have been recorded. Extended replacement medicines can put an end to strong desires and PAWS. Ex-users can often find themselves taking medicines for up to a year, or longer is needed.
Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are:
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 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.
Every day, many doses of Methadone are dispensed by Methadone clinics.
You can find out more about Methadone.
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 is for both opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.
Mostly, it puts an end to cravings.
Some of the brain receptors activated by alcohol and opiates are the same and this is why this drug works for both addictions.
Medical Detox And Rehab
Some people pick detoxification on their own. This isn't just more difficult, it is also more risky than a medical detoxing. The best way to successfully recover is to undergo medical detoxification which is done in a safe environment. 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.
Many health problems can be dealt with in a medically supervised detox. 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. 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. A doctor may avoid any problems.
Inpatient rehab often includes detox. A person typically requires one to three months to go through detox. The patient is placed under consistent monitoring and observation the first week of rehab which is very crucial. Rehab includes behavioural therapy to give the patient a better chance to understand how they can stay sober.
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