How Medication Helps In Drug Addiction Treatment

Posted by Dr Deepak Raheja
August 14, 2017

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Dr Deepak Raheja

In Drug addiction treatment, medication is prescribed to the patients in order to help them with the withdrawal symptoms. It is also prescribed to prevent relapse and treat co-occurring conditions. Given below are few conditions where medications at times become mandatory.

  1. Withdrawal:

Many doctors prescribe medication to the drug addiction patients in order to help them supress their withdrawal symptoms while on their detoxification phase. Detoxification is the first step of cure. The body needs to release all the toxins and this phase is the most difficult one for the patient. However, patients do required post detoxification treatment, because if they don’t, they are likely to fall back into the same habit of drug usage.

  1. Relapse prevention.

The patients are also prescribed medicines in order to help their brain function normally and reduce their cravings. There are medicines that are available for treatment of opioid like heroin, tobacco, alcohol addiction. Medication that are prescribed for certain kinds of addiction are given below

  • Opioids: Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose), buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Probuphine), and naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Tobacco: Apart from patch, spray, gum and lozenges, bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix)
  • Alcohol: Naltrexone, Acamprosate (Campral), Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  1. Co-occuring conditions:

There are medications that many doctors prescribe for issues like depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc. However, along with medication, it is very important to opt for various other therapies that include skill building workshop, and activities that keep the mind of the addict engaged. This helps them in getting their mind out of the addiction and they do not feel the urge to submit to the compulsion.

Therefore, there are many mental wellness centres that offer treatment for drug addiction that also provides medication help. The drug addiction treatment center in Delhi, Hope Care India homes few of the best doctors and therapists who understand the value of a drug-free life. Thus, they prescribe medication that benefits the patient in the long run.

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