Medications For Addiction Treatment during-rehab

How Medications Can Help Addiction Treatment


To reduce the possibility of relapsing and to ease withdrawal symptoms, the use of other drugs during the treatment process has become quite common. Staying sober can be much easier for a recovering addict with the help of medication. 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. The adjustment of dosage in treatment is only made for user to achieve proper soberness.


Relief of withdrawal can be found in other drugs that mimic the effects of the drug they are addicted to.


Detoxing And Withdrawal

At the start of the program, the body goes through a process to remove the drugs from the system. This stage is known as the detox period. Based on the drug, the detoxification process can last from several days to several weeks.

The hardest part of detoxification is having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. 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. Symptoms include

  • Stress
  • Desolation
  • Vomiting
  • Fits
  • Aches in the muscles
  • Sweating

Each type of a withdrawal symptom has a different treatment medicine. Many of the drugs that doctors use in detoxification are

  • Benzodiazepines
  • They are suitable for treating stress and short temper.
  • Anxiety is a prevalent withdrawal side effect from a lot of Opiates, such as Cocaine and Heroin.
  • Benzos have tranquilizing symptoms, which helps comforting alcohol withdrawals.
  • Benzos are addictive so physicians are careful about prescribing those.
  • Antidepressants
  • With no drugs, an addict can't develop natural quantities of joy- generating chemicals 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
  • 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.

People recovering from alcohol, Valium or Xanax addiction should never try to quit on their own since detoxing from alcohol or benzodiazepines can lead to death. 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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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. This is called prolonged or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

PAWS can help relieve cravings or make the patient unable to tolerate alcohol. In most cases the patient has to take these drugs every day and they come in form of pills.


Recovery from alcohol addiction involves medication such as

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone has the ability to impasse receptors that generates the feeling of content with alcohol in the brain.
  • Not only this, it also suppress the desire of drinking.
  • There are side effects of using Naltrexone including headaches and nausea.
  • It can be administered by injection every four weeks.
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • The physical and emotional distress caused by alcohol dependency can be eased using this drug.
  • Once completing the detox, recovery from alcohol can use Acamprosate.
  • The craving for alcohol is reduced by Acamprosate since it holds back feelings such as depression and anxiousness.
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Alcohol addicts were first given the medication of Disulfiram.
  • It works by causing the person taking it to suffer nausea and vomiting if they consume alcohol.
  • This medication has been very successful as it deters alcoholics from drinking.

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Medication For Treating Opiate 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 medications are taken daily in the form of orally ingestible pills.

Everyone has a different withdrawal experience and for some it may only last as little as a week. 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.

Addiction medicines for Heroin and painkillers are

  • Methadone
  • Opiate addiction from moderate to severe can be prescribed Methadone.
  • 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 can become addictive so it is used with caution.
  • It also prevents abuse so it is dispensed daily by clinics..
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  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • 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.
  • Naltrexone
  • Naltrexone works the same method for opiate addiction as it does for alcohol addiction.
  • It prevents the cravings for use.
  • The same brain receptors are activated for both alcohol and Opiates.

Medical Detox And Rehab

Drug addicts when they want to stop addiction sometimes will choose to detox without medical supervision. Choosing detox on your own is not only difficult but also more hazardous than detoxing with physician. 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.

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.

The ones with different health problems should also look for a medical detoxification. Withdrawals can make situations difficult such as high blood pressure. 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. In treatment, the first week usually involves detoxification during which the patient must be closely monitored. Behavioural therapy is one of the rehab treatment for making recuperation fruitful.

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