Medications for Addiction
Various kinds of substance abuse treatments exist and these treatment options aim to address the harmful effects of addiction and to help patients lead normal lives. While there are other options to address the mental and emotional problems of patients such as counseling and aftercare support, medications also help patients eliminate the physical dependence on drugs and other substances.
Medications allow patients to adjust during the withdrawal period and ease the pain caused by withdrawal symptoms when the patients are in the process of adopting changes to their lifestyle to manage their addiction. Since substance abuse also causes other medical and mental issues, addiction medication can also help manage these conditions.
However, taking these medications can have their own risks, but when managed properly, addiction medication can have great benefits such as stabilizing patients during recovery.
Opioid Pain Medication
Drug craving is very common for people who are in early recovery from opioid addiction. To manage these cravings and other symptoms, physicians may administer Buprenorphine to patients. This medication reduces or eliminates withdrawal symptoms of opioid-dependent patients without the dangerous side effects of heroin and other opioids. Buprenorphine works by blocking opioid receptors in the brain which are in charge of altering the pain perception of the body.
Buprenorphine is available through sublingual administration. It comes in a stand-alone formulation (Subutex®) and in combination with an agent called naloxone.
On the other hand, Naltrexone is used to prevent relapse of patients who have already completed opioid detoxification
Get Your Medication Right at Hadi Medical Group
Hadi Medical Group is a multispecialty medical practice in New York. We specialize in helping patients overcome substance abuse by managing proper addiction medications. Our team of experienced and reliable doctors will help you overcome your addiction while keeping the withdrawal symptoms at bay through medication.