Many drugs of abuse are associated with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that occur as a result of discontinuation when an individual is in the early stages of recovery. Withdrawal management sometimes referred to medication managed detox, or medical detox is a formal process designed to decrease the symptoms of withdrawal from drugs or alcohol.
Medication-assisted withdrawal management programs performed by trained/licensed physicians may use a tapering strategy for some substances as part of the overall strategy. The tapering strategy typically consists of taking decreasing doses of a particular medication at specific intervals to allow the person to slowly adjust to having lower amounts of their drug of choice in their system.
Because physicians are trained professionals, they can safely monitor and manage the specific amount of the drugs needed during a tapering process.
Is used for detoxification and sometimes maintenance treatment for people struggling with opioid dependence
is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety.
is used as a mood stabilizer and sleep alternative
is used for high blood pressure, withdrawal from alcohol and opioids. It’s also used to help with anxiety which is common with people in the early stages of withdrawal.
is used for the treatment of opioid emergencies such as an overdose or possible signs of an opioid overdose for example signs of breathing problems.
is used PRN for clients who are struggling with sleep. It can also be used for depression and anxiety.
is used as a muscle relaxer.
sometimes used at the beginning of detox; it’s used to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
is used to treat nausea.
Is used for benzodiazepine withdrawals.
is used for anxiety and sedation as well as for panic attacks.
is used as an anticonvulsant.
Includes all drugs approved by FDA for treatment of substance abuse disorders
Medication-Assisted Detoxification and/or Treatment:
Is a medication used for clients detoxing from opiates (heroin and painkillers are more commonly used opiates.) Suboxone is also used for clients withdrawing from alcohol.
a is an opioid (narcotic) partial agonist-antagonist. It works by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system to help prevent withdrawal symptoms in someone who has stopped taking narcotics