People battling an addiction often need professional assistance to treat this devastating brain disease. Recovery may seem like a difficult road to travel for some addicts, but it’s possible. Continuous research in the addiction field has proven that prescription drug addiction can be overcome. The most fundamental elements employed during prescription drug addiction treatment are detox, therapy and substance abuse medications.
This basic category of prescription addiction treatment may include individual, group, and family therapy combined with other forms alternative treatment. All these approaches to treatment help the recovering addict to re-join society. Throughout treatment, they are equipped with the recovery tools necessary to ease drug cravings and avoid a relapse.
Some specific addictions such as opioid addiction can be treated with medications. Doctors administer these medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, reduce drug cravings and treat overdoses. Pharmacotherapy needs to be combined with other forms of treatment such as behavioral therapy in order to be effective.
Treatment for Opioid abuse
The most common medications employed during opioid addiction treatment are methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. These treatment medications are administered at addiction treatment centers, and are generally combined with counseling therapy and support groups. Naltrexone, for instance, is administered to treat addiction and overdose.Some patients who show lack of tolerance during treatment may discontinue the use of this drug. This drug has also been used to treat symptoms of withdrawal and heroin addiction. These medications act on the brain similar to other opioids.
In order for opioid treatment to work, patients need to join an addiction recovery treatment program. Some, including the 12 step program, help patients find guidance throughout the recovery process. During the 12 steps of recovery individuals may:
Patients addicted to benzos and barbiturates should not quit them without professional help. Withdrawal for these drugs can be unsafe. A medically-supervised detox environment may work best in these cases. Therapy is also available to help patients understand the detox and recovery procedures. Counseling that concentrates on replacing negative thoughts and destructive behavior, can also be effective to treat patients suffering with addiction. Patients addicted to benzos are sometimes addicted to other drugs such as alcohol and cocaine or struggle with a dual disorder. These specific cases may require a different treatment approach in which multiple addictions and their underlying causes are addressed.
Treatment for stimulant medication addiction
The FDA has not approved any medications to treat stimulant addiction. However, some prescription stimulants,including Concerta and Adderall, are used in behavioral therapies similar to those employed to treat meth and cocaine addiction. The initial step to treat this addiction is tapering the drug’s dosage to ease withdrawal. Detox, counseling and support groups are also available throughout recovery.
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