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. When the withdrawal side effects are too much then sometimes users surrender and stop taking medications and relapse. Prescribed medication can be given to the patient as part of both inpatient and outpatient programs. For the best chance of becoming sober and staying sober the medication dose may be altered.
Some medicines can imitate the symptoms of habit-forming drugs, which alleviates withdrawal effects and cravings.
Drug Withdrawal And Detoxification
At the start of the program, the body goes through a process to remove the drugs from the system. This process is referred to as detoxification. It depends on the drug that how last the detox will be, for some days or some weeks.
Dealing with withdrawal side effects is frequently the hardest part of detoxification. The harshness of withdrawal effects changes depending on past drug use. For those addicts of long term, high dose drug or alcohol abuse the withdrawal symptoms will be more severe.
There is a myriad of those symptoms that recovering addicts experience. There symptoms include:
Sickness or feeling sick
Aches in the muscles
Different withdrawal symptoms are treated with different medications. In detox, physicians may prescribe drugs such as:
For stress and irritability reduction.
Stress is mostly associated with withdrawal from drugs like Cocaine and Heroin
The recommended Benzos give a soothing feeling that helps withdrawal also from alcohol.
Since the benzos are potentially addictive too, doctors prescribe them with care.
These medicines help the user to feel good and create natural happiness in their brain.
Depression in detox in a common symptom as the patient is longer getting the happy feeling from the drug they have taken for a long time.
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.
Sweating, aches, muscle pains and nervousness can be reduced by using Clonidine in the treatment of alcohol and opiate withdrawals.
Clonidine is useful for controlling shivering and convulsions.
Detoxing can be a deadly business, especially if from alcohol, Valium or Xanax so addicts should never go cold turkey. Other drugs withdrawal symptoms are less deadly, but it is good to take caution as there are always risks. Medical assistance guarantees protection and accomplishment in detoxification.
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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. In most cases the patient has to take these drugs every day and they come in form of pills.
Alcohol addiction medication includes:
Naltrexone has the ability to impasse receptors that generates the feeling of content with alcohol in the brain.
The craving for alcohol is also reduced by the drug.
Sickness and migraine are cause by Naltrexone.
It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
The physical and emotional distress caused by alcohol dependency can be eased using this drug.
This medication is usually taken by recovering alcoholics after the detoxification period is over.
By hindering unhappy thoughts that cause stress and unhappiness, Acamprosate stops the users from wanting to take alcohol.
Alcohol addicts were first given the medication of Disulfiram.
Side effects like vomiting are likely to occur if a person taking Disulfiram takes alcohol.
The intention is that the ones taking disulfiram will not drink alcohol as it will make them feel sick.
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Medications For Opiate And Heroin Addiction
Some examples of opiates are Heroin and Morphine, and an example of narcotic painkillers is Oxycontin. Medication for Opiates and Heroin can ease the urges and craving and other withdrawal symptoms during detox. Recommended dosage is a tablet a day.
Withdrawal from Opiate use can go on for only a week for some people. Other drugs can have an extended withdrawal side effects. In some circumstances, the withdrawal side effects may last for months or years. The urges to use drugs and PAWS can be treated using long-term replacement medications. Medication can be taken for as long as is required by the patient.
Medication for Heroin and painkillers are as follows:
Prescriptions of Methadone are usually given to people suffering from moderate or severe addictions.
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.
Withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use are reduced by this.
Methadone is prescribed with attention since some patients have become addicted to it instead of Heroin and painkillers.
The medication is dispensed daily to prevent abuse.
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Buprenorphine works in the same way as Methadone but has a less potential to cause addiction and isn't regulated as much.
Buprenorphine users may frequently take the drug home with them in place of heading to a centre each day to get it.
The effect of Naltrexone on opiate addiction is the same as its effect on alcohol addiction.
It prevents the cravings for use.
Some of the brain receptors activated by alcohol and opiates are the same and this is why this drug works for both addictions.
Detoxing And Rehab
Some people pick detoxification on their own. Detoxing with no medical supervision, it is difficult as well as risky. You can become sober once again through medical detox in relaxed surroundings. For the ones who are addicted to alcohol or benzos, medical detoxification is a must.
Treatment for any substance addiction should start with medically supervised detoxification.
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. If the patient experiences discomfort, they can be eased with the help of the doctor. Medications can be adjusted to the needs of the patient and long-term plans can be made.
The ones with different health problems should also look for a medical detoxification. Problems such as high blood pressure can be worsened by detoxification. A doctor may avoid any problems.
In residential rehabilitation, detoxification is always part of the program. Inpatient rehab acquire 30-90 days in some cases. Constant supervision is given during the first week of detox. Rehab includes behavioural therapy to give the patient a better chance to understand how they can stay sober.
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