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- Acupuncture appears to be helpful in treating the withdrawal symptoms of some addictions, especially when relaxation is needed, but the benefits of acupuncture only last a day. It is theorized that bigger needles are more effective.
- The Cranial Electrical Stimulant (CES) unit is believed to be good for calming pain and other symptoms.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is expensive but is known to be very effective for detoxing and rejuvenating the brain and body.
- A sauna aids in the detoxification of fat soluble drugs, such as marijuana or PCP, from the body.
The medical model is the use of medical drugs as a means of recovery. Medical drugs can also be used for detoxification, as prescribed by a physician. Ask for specific information from the physician regarding the type of medical drugs available. For health and legal reasons, you must be in the care of a MD to use the medical model.
Medications: Some medications directly reduce negative symptoms, while others lower the potential of returning to your addiction. Ask about the addictive properties of these medications, which should only be taken when needed. Some people consider these medications to be just another crutch. That’s true only if you don’t really need them.
If, during drug detoxification, your physical symptoms become significant or prolonged, get medical help immediately. Seniors need to be extra careful.
When using medications that stimulate neurotransmitters, your nutritional intake must be good for them to work.
The following medications will help stop withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. They are also used to treat chronic pain. Yet, it can be very difficult to stop taking them if they are used for more than a few months.
- Benzodiazepines are commonly used in detoxification; they are effective but very addictive.
- Methadone is the purest, most addicting opiate. It should only be used for a brief detox from other opiates.
- Suboxone is a highly praised detox medication, but it contains an opiate that’s pure and very addicting.
- Antabuse blocks the digestion of alcohol after it’s in an acid state, but it causes a lot of stomach pain.
- Baclofen appears to reduce the brain’s “Go” response from being activated by triggers.
- Campral is known to reduce the craving for alcohol.
- Naltrexone blocks any “high” from opioids and alcohol that is above normal.
- Vivatrol, an injection, is an extended release naltrexone.
- Zyban (Wellbutrin) reduces the desire for nicotine.
Medications for Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms
Anxiety: Non-addicting anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications can help suppress racing thoughts. Benzodiazepines, also used as a detox medication, are potent, making them both effective and very addicting. The newer, shorter acting benzos are harder to get off than the older, longer acting formulas.
Depression: There are several groups of anti-depressants. Most increase the level of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain, but none work as well as promoted. They work for the long-term about one-third of the time, with minimal side effects, but the withdrawal symptoms from some can be severe
Physical and emotional pain: Benzodiazepines and opiates are effective, but very addicting. There are several non-addictive medicines for physical and emotional pain, but all medications have toxicity.
Note: Some research questions the benefits of anti-depressant medication and Tryptophan. Abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications is common, monitor your use.