Drugs Used in Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Detox Treatment Center El Paso Tx will include a treatment plan for each patient. While that treatment may also include therapy for emotional issues that the person may be attempting to self-medicate with by using alcohol and other drugs, the treatment will also include medication. As hard as alcohol and drugs are on the body, the body nevertheless develops a certain level of tolerance for those substances. Simply quitting all illicit substances altogether at the same time can be just as dangerous for a patient.

To that end, detox treatment doctors may prescribe one or more medications to help the patient through their detox. Patients may suffer real pain and nausea while in detox treatment, as their bodies try to adjust to living without the usual levels of the substance they’re dependent on. The medications prescribed for them are to help alleviate their physical discomfort, some help them deal with cravings, and other medications help them with nausea, vomiting, depression, and anxiety.

Some, like methadone, are a replacement for the illegal opiates they’re abusing. Methadone is a synthetic opiate, and as a substitute drug, it helps patients with an opiate addiction by satisfying their cravings and helping them to calm down while at the same time reducing their levels of opiates. Methadone is administered at clinics, and it’s been prescribed safely for over the past 30 years.

Suboxone and Subutex may be prescribed for rehab patients who have overdosed. The right dose of suboxone can pull them out of a dangerous and life-threatening overdose state within minutes. Suboxone contains naltrexone and buprenorphine. Buprenorphine helps satisfy cravings like methadone does and it reduces withdrawal symptoms, but patients don’t have to be in detox or go to a methadone clinic to get it. It is prescribed in pill form so patients can take it at home. Patients may be prescribed only small amounts at a time until they have proven that they aren’t abusing the drug.

The second component, naltrexone, is used not just in opiate addiction treatment but also for alcohol addiction, and it too reduces cravings. Patients may also need medication to control their nausea.