The use of other drugs may be needed to ensure the treatment is a success and that withdrawal symptoms are eased. Staying sober can be much easier for a recovering addict with the help of medication. 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.
Some medicines give the same feeling as the drug of abuse thus helping one cope with the withdrawal.
Detoxing And Withdrawal
The body has to get rid of the last remnants of the drug in the first stage of recovery. This is known as the detoxification time. 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:
Pain in the muscles
There are a list of different medications that can be used during detox. Some of the drugs prescribed are as follows:
Anxiousness and irritability are usually treated using these drugs.
Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
Benzodiazepines can help ease these side effects during withdrawal.
Benzos are addictive so physicians are careful about prescribing those.
These medicines help the user to feel good and create natural happiness in their brain.
When they stop taking the drugs, these people go through dejection and feelings of hopelessness.
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 is prescribed to treat alcohol and drug withdrawals and it decreases sweating, muscle spasm, anxiety and muscle pains.
Seizures and tremors can also be treated using Clonidine.
Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. Complications can arise while detoxing from other drugs although the withdrawal symptoms are rarely deadly. There is a complete surety of success and security in detox.
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Severe and prolonged withdrawal symptoms that last for weeks or months are as a result of alcohol abuse over an extended period. These symptoms that last a long time are also known 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. Patient take these tablets every day.
Alcohol addiction medication includes:
Naltrexone (Vivitrol) stops the brain from producing pleasure chemicals in reaction to alcohol intake.
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.
Alcoholism can produce side effects such as emotional and physical distress and Acamprosate can relieve these.
Recovering alcoholics may begin taking Acamprosate once the detoxification is completed.
Acamprosate decreases the craving to drink by avoiding negative sensations, such as nervousness and depression.
Disulfiram was the primary medicine authorized for alcoholism.
When someone that is taking Disulfiram drinks alcohol, the medicine provokes effects like nausea and vomiting.
This medication has been very successful as it deters alcoholics from drinking.
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Medication For Treating Opiate Addiction
Some examples of opiates are Heroin and Morphine, and an example of narcotic painkillers is Oxycontin. Medications recommended for treating Opiate and Heroin addiction help in reducing the urge to take the drug and accompanying withdrawal symptoms. 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 cases the withdrawals side effects can last for months or years. Extended replacement medicines can put an end to strong desires and PAWS. Ex-patients can use these medicines as long as they want.
Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are:
An Opioid, Methadone is used to help with detoxification from opiate drug dependencies.
It works just like the Heroin and pain relievers by connecting itself to the sensory nerves of the brain, but it does not cause dependence on the user.
Methadone helps to suppress cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Discretion and care are needed because some people have been known to develop an addiction to Methadone.
Every day, many doses of Methadone are dispensed by Methadone clinics.
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Buprenorphine works in a similar way to Methadone but does not need to be as closely regulated due to the possibility of addiction is far less.
Buprenorphine users may frequently take the drug home with them in place of heading to a centre each day to get it.
Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
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.
Centres For Medical Detox And Rehab
It is possible to detox at home. Compared to medical detoxification, this has not only proven harder but also dangerous. A safe and comfortable location such as a rehab centre is the best way to gain sobriety. Medical detox is compulsory for those who are addicts of liquor or benzos.
It is wise to start the first step in addiction treatment with a medically supervised detox program.
Many health problems can be dealt with in a medically supervised detox. Doctors record the patient's heart scale, body heat, breathing rate and fluid levels. Medical staff are on hand to make the patient as comfortable as possible. 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. Problems such as high blood pressure can be worsened by detoxification. Any complications can either be prevented or sorted out quickly during a medical detox.
Inpatient rehab often includes detox. Inpatient rehab acquire 30-90 days in some cases. 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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