Detox drugs are an important part of recovery from addiction. Sometimes addicts decide that they want to quit drinking or using and think that quitting “cold turkey” is their best option, but this can be highly dangerous when they’re not medically supervised. The mind and body have become dependent to these substances and can have a variety of different reactions when they’re absent from the system for an extended period of time, which is when a person experiences symptoms of withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal vary depending on what types of substances the person was using, but most commonly involve nausea, body tremors, anxiety and high blood pressure. In some cases these symptoms can lead to seizures or be potentially fatal. This is why addicts should always seek medical detox from a treatment center when trying to get sober.
Addiction medicine has come a long way in recent decades. Here are some of the most common detox medications and what they’re used for:
Librium – Alcoholism
Librium is a medication that helps the body detox from alcohol by mimicking some of the effects that alcohol has on a person’s body in a non-addictive way. The withdrawal symptoms of alcohol are some of the most uncomfortable compared to other symptoms. During alcohol withdrawal, people can experience delirium tremors, hallucinations and extreme nausea. Librium will help the body think that it’s still being given alcohol while the treatment center is gradually able to lower the dosage until the person can safely stop taking it.
Suboxone – Opiates
Suboxone is one of the detox drugs to help people who have had an addiction to opiates. Whether the person is abusing prescription pain medications or is addicted to heroin, Suboxone can help with symptoms of withdrawal. Much like Librium, Suboxone has similar effects as the substance the person was abusing and is designed to be taken while an addiction specialist gradually tapers the dosage.
Suboxone is a non-narcotic medication, but the body can become dependent on it like other medications. It’s important to follow up with a doctor if a person is still taking it upon leaving the treatment center. This medication isn’t meant to be a replacement for opiates, and the person can also experience some withdrawal symptoms when no longer taking Suboxone. However, these symptoms aren’t nearly as bad as opiate withdrawal.
Naltrexone – Alcohol and Opiates
Naltrexone isn’t one of the detox drugs, but it’s often used when a person is detoxing from alcohol or opiates because it helps stop the cravings the person will experience upon becoming sober. At times, the detox medications a person is taking aren’t enough to eliminate the cravings due to the strong mental obsession from which an addict suffers. Naltrexone helps reduce the cravings, but will also make the person sick if he does relapse on alcohol or opiates. This medication has proven highly successful in helping addicts stay sober in early recovery.
Trazodone is a non-narcotic sleep medication that’s used for those who are recovering from a stimulant addiction. Methamphetamines and cocaine are drugs that make a person stay awake for days on end at times, and the effects they have on the brain can often make it difficult for a person to sleep or be less anxious. Trazodone can help a person sleep as well as give balance in recovery.
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