Addiction Medications during-rehab

Why Additional Medication Is Used


During the detox, some people need to be given medications to counter or reduce the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms they experience which could cause them to go back to using drugs again. These medicines helps the user to become sober. The withdrawal symptoms are often the reason for the addict to relapse, so medication is given to ease the pain of withdrawal. Prescribed medication can be given to the patient as part of both inpatient and outpatient programs. In order to provide the best possibility of accomplishing sobriety, doctors might adapt medication doses during the progress of treatment.


Some medicines can imitate the symptoms of habit-forming drugs, which alleviates withdrawal effects and cravings.


Detoxing And Withdrawal

The body must detox in the first stages of rehab to allow the drug to leave the body completely. This is cleansing or detox. It depends on the drug that how last the detox will be, for some days or some weeks.

The hardest part of detoxification is having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the patient's past drug or alcohol use the withdrawal symptoms will vary. 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.


The Former addicts face some irritating side effects during detox. Symptoms include

  • Anxiety
  • Feeling depressed
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • 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.
  • Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
  • The recommended Benzos give a soothing feeling that helps withdrawal also from alcohol.
  • Due to the addictive nature of Benzodiazepines, doctors tend to be cautious when prescribing them.
  • Antidepressants
  • A brain that has been addicted to drugs is not able to produce the chemicals that give pleasant feelings on its own.
  • When they stop taking the drugs, these people go through dejection and feelings of hopelessness.
  • 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
  • Clonidine is prescribed to treat alcohol and drug withdrawals and it decreases sweating, muscle spasm, anxiety and muscle pains.
  • Clonidine save you from seizures and shivering.

Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. The fact is there are always some difficulties associated with drug withdrawal but every withdrawal is not so deadly. There is a complete surety of success and security in detox.

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Alcohol Addiction Medications

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).

PAWS can be comforted through maintenance rehabilitation that may not only reduce hunger but also limit drug desire. Patient take these tablets every day.


Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone prevent receptors in the brain that generate alcohol's satisfying side effects.
  • The craving for alcohol is also reduced by the drug.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • Naltrexone is given in the form of a injection.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • 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.
  • This medication reduces the urge to drink as it prevents negativity including depression and paranoia.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • 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.
  • The intention is that the ones taking disulfiram will not drink alcohol as it will make them feel sick.

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Heroin And Drug Addiction Medicines

Heroin, Morphine and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin are all Opiates. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms of recovering from opiate addiction can be eased by some medications. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.

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. The urges to use drugs and PAWS can be treated using long-term replacement medications. Ex-users can often find themselves taking medicines for up to a year, or longer is needed.

Opiate addiction is usually treated using medications such as

  • Methadone
  • Methadone is a drug used for mild to serious addictions.
  • It works by fusing to the same receptors in the brain as Heroin and painkillers, however Methadone does not get the addict high.
  • Withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use are reduced by this.
  • Discretion and care are needed because some people have been known to develop an addiction to Methadone.
  • Methadone clinics manage the drug on daily routine to avoid abuse.
  • Additional Facts about Methadone.
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone, however it is little monitored since the addiction potential is inferior.
  • This medication can often be taken at home without having to go to the centre each day.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
  • It puts an end to cravings.
  • Alcohol and Opiate turns on the similar receptors in the brain so it is for both.

Detoxing And Rehab

Many people have attempted to give up drug use on their own. Home detox can be harder and more dangerous than attending a rehab centre. 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.

A monitored detoxification may relieve health problems. The treating therapist monitors a rehab patient's vital signs like pulse, temperature, breathing rate and fluid levels in a medically supervised treatment. 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.

The ones with different health problems should also look for a medical detoxification. Problems such as high blood pressure can be worsened by detoxification. Doctors can spot impending problems and treat them early.

Inpatient rehab often includes detox. A person typically requires one to three months to go through detox. The initial week comprised of closely observed detox. Rehabilitation has other treatments like behavioural therapy so the recovery procedure can be more prosperous.

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