What Comfort Medications are used During Detox?


There are various methods of approaching detoxification, specifically because it is a rather grim experience.

At The Recovery Way we use comfort medication which makes a dramatic difference regarding the withdrawal symptoms.

Given the special circumstances of our clients and the battle they are fighting, dosage and the type of medication that will be administered by doctors accordingly.

In some cases medication isn’t necessary at all.

Alcohol Detox Medications and Comforters

Some typical symptoms that surface with alcohol withdrawal entail disruption of sleeping patterns, irritability and shakiness.

The difficult stage of detoxing starts after about 48 hours, but it can take a couple of days for the body to show more severe signs.

In addition you might suffer from depression.

Current medication for alcohol withdrawal includes diazepam, chlordiazepoxide and phenobarbitals. These are very effective in helping the transition process go smoothly and safely.

In addition, they have a 50 year history of helping with withdrawal symptoms.

Alternative Medication:

  • Diazepam
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Lorazepam
  • Oxazepam

Stimulants Cocaine & Amphetamines Medications

Just like alcohol withdrawal, detoxing from stimulants tend to lead to depression, amongst other mental health issues.

For this antidepressants are used but it isn’t recommended on a long term.

It should only be used for a very short time. Desipramine is the most effective medication for alleviating depression and severe withdrawal symptoms.

Diazepam can be considered for less severe circumstances, but won’t help with major issues.

Benzodiazepine tranquilizers can also effectively treat cocaine addiction.

Keeping in mind that the above mentioned medication is widely used in many areas of medicine, there is a risk of addiction, hence the strict monitoring when administered to clients.

Opiates and What is Used to Overcome Withdrawal Symptoms

These are the heavy weight substances which can be fatal and very damaging.

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Painkillers

The most regularly used medication for opiates are:

  • Methadone
  • Clondine
  • Buprenorphine

Methadone has shown the best results and even though it won’t completely remove the symptoms of withdrawal it does help a great deal and helps a heavy substance abuser to continue with a normal lifestyle. Buprenorphine is only used to shorten the time of detox, but can also be incorporated for long-term use like methadone.

Another option is naltrexone, however, it is much more effective after detoxing because it prevents a relapse.

What about Solvents & Inhalations

Detoxing from solvents or inhalations is still in the process of establishing a fundamental protocol and the only medicine that shows promise is phenobarbital. The effectiveness of benzodiazepines is still unknown.

Keep in mind that medication in aiding detoxification should not be taken lightly.

There are cases where doctors prescribe them to those who are attempting a detox by themselves, but there is no real way of measuring the consequences.

The administration of this medicine is better left in the hands of professionals.

The Recovery Way is adept with all of the above approaches and more.

Administrating medicine by yourself can lead to serious side-effects and can even be fatal.

Don’t take unnecessary risks, call and get the help you need today!

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