There are many drugs which are used in addiction treatment programs to relieve withdrawal side effects and decrease the chances of relapse. In some cases, use of medicine assists users to keep away from the addictive substances. 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. To give the patient the best chance of recovering, a doctor may adjust the dosage of the medication gradually during the treatment.
Some medicines can imitate the symptoms of habit-forming drugs, which alleviates withdrawal effects and cravings.
Detoxification And Withdrawal From Drugs
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 the detox stage can last as long as several days to several weeks.
The most difficult stage of detox is dealing with withdrawal side effects. Depending on the patient's past drug or alcohol use the withdrawal symptoms will vary. Long-time drug users who took massive doses experience the most severe withdrawal symptoms.
The Former addicts face some irritating side effects during detox. They may include:
Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. The doctor might recommend a patient to take some of the following:
They are suitable for treating stress and short temper.
One of the common side effect of withdrawal from drugs is Anxiety.
Benzodiazepines can help ease these side effects during withdrawal.
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.
When they stop taking the drugs, these people go through dejection and feelings of hopelessness.
To avoid such feelings till the time the brain itself starts producing happiness-inducing chemicals, Zoloft and Prozac (antidepressants) should be used.
For relief of sweating, aching muscles, cramps and paranoia in alcohol and opiate withdrawal Clonidine is used.
Clonidine is useful for controlling shivering and convulsions.
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. The fact is there are always some difficulties associated with drug withdrawal but every withdrawal is not so deadly. Detox should be carried out with medical help from professionals.
Talk to someone who can help you if you are going through addiction problem.
Making wrong use of alcohol on a normal basis for a long-term can extend withdrawal side effects, which could last from weeks to months. This is called prolonged or 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.
For liquor addiction these medicines are included:
Naltrexone has the ability to impasse receptors that generates the feeling of content with alcohol in the brain.
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.
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.
By hindering unhappy thoughts that cause stress and unhappiness, Acamprosate stops the users from wanting to take alcohol.
This was the first approved medication for alcohol abuse.
Disulfiram can result into some side effects of vomiting and sickness if anyone takes Disulfiram drinks.
To avoid this sickness, the person who is taking Disulfiram must not consume drink.
You can find out more about medication used in treating alcohol addiction.
Treatment Medicine For Heroin And Opiate Addiction
Heroin, Morphine and sedative painkillers such as Oxycontin are included in Opiates. Opiate and Heroin medications helps the person in fighting against hunger and withdrawal signs. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.
Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. There are also many who take long before overcoming the symptoms. In some circumstances, the withdrawal side effects may last for months or years. PAWS and cravings can be stopped by long-term medications. Medication can be taken for as long as is required by the patient.
Medicines used to treat Heroin and pain relief addictions include:
An Opioid, Methadone is used to help with detoxification from opiate drug dependencies.
Methadone links to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers but without the high.
This assists curb strong desires and withdrawal side effects.
Methadone can become addictive so it is used with caution.
It also prevents abuse so it is dispensed daily by clinics..
You can find out more about Methadone.
The addiction potential is less in Buprenorphine yet it works like a Methadone.
Those on Buprenorphine are allowed to take their prescription home instead of visiting the treatment centre daily.
Naltrexone works for both Opiate addiction and alcohol addiction.
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
Many people have attempted to give up drug use 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. Alcohol and benzos addictions detox can only work in a medical environment.
Treatment for any substance addiction should start with medically supervised detoxification.
A monitored detoxification may relieve health problems. Doctors and other medical staff are available to monitor the patient's vital signs. If patient felt any type of pain the doctor are there for help. Medications can be adjusted to the needs of the patient and long-term plans can be made.
Patients with other health complications would be well advised to go on a medical detox. Withdrawals can make situations difficult such as high blood pressure. Any sudden complications can be handled by a doctor.
Inpatient rehabs include Detox, most often. 30 to 90 days of rehab is the average time it takes. Constant supervision is given during the first week of detox. Treatment in rehab centres also incorporates psychological counselling for an all round recovery.
Find a rehabilitation with medical detoxification today for you or someone you care about that needs assistance to accomplish sobriety call 0800 772 3971.