The use of medications for opiate addiction is still somewhat controversial in the United States. Many people claim that the addict will simply be trading one addiction for another. Although this may be true in some cases, the benefits outweigh the risks in many other cases.
What procedures are in place for determining whether a person needs medications to help overcome their opiate addiction? The decision to use medication is based on the severity of the addiction, the substance involved, and any physical or mental conditions that could be affected by intense withdrawal symptoms.
Are There Special Medications for Opiate Addiction?
Some opiates are far more addictive than others. For this reason, withdrawal symptoms can cause life-threatening seizures or coma. The most addictive opiates include:
- Naturally derived opiates:
- Synthetic opiates (opioids):
- Semi-synthetic opiates (opioids):
As you can see, in the synthetic opioids category, there are five drugs that are commonly used to treat opiate addiction. Those drugs are Methadone, Naloxone, Naltrexone, Suboxone, and Subutex.
How Do Drugs Help People Overcome Drugs?
First of all, these drugs should only be used under strict medical supervision to prevent overdose or addiction. During detoxification, medical professionals can administer controlled amounts of one of the drugs. The main purpose of this procedure is to control cravings, treat co-occurring disorders, and prevent relapse. In best case scenarios, use of these drugs is a temporary measure.
Of course, detox is not the end of treatment, it is the beginning. Treating someone with drugs during detox is a method of eliminating cravings and other symptoms that would interfere with the person responding adequately to rehabilitation.
Proven Results: Detox and Rehab for Success
The purpose of detox and rehab is to help the person stop using drugs, stay drug-free, and return to being a productive member of their family and society. Detox prepares the physical body for the next stage of treatment. Rehab prepares the whole person for life as a sober, contributing individual.
Detox followed by rehab is a proven process. For example, hundreds of recovering addicts are proud to share their testimonials on-line and in various venues throughout the nation. They want to pass on what they have accomplished in the hopes of helping another struggling addict take that first step toward getting treatment. In fact, during September each year, SAMSHA hosts Recovery Month. All across the United States, individuals, celebrities, recovering addicts, community leaders, and many others join forces to celebrate recovery and to honor the men and women that have successfully overcome their addictions.
If you would like to know more about Recovery Month or about our programs, please browse through this website and read some of our informative articles on these subjects. It isn’t too late to get involved in Recovery Month and make a difference in someone’s life. Also, if you are struggling with addiction, it isn’t too late to begin your treatment process and get back on the happy side of your life.
As the controversy over medications for detox continues to be unresolved, the point remains that many suffering addicts have reaped positive results using this method of treatment. Medications for opiate addiction are often the only recourse a person has when their addiction has reached dangerous levels. For more information on these medications, please contact one of our representatives today. We will be pleased to answer any questions and provide advice regarding treatment programs available in your area.