What is Opiate Addiction and Withdrawal Treatment
Opiate addiction is a chronic disease. It is hard to cure it completely but is easier to manage with medication, counseling, and support. In order to cope with addiction, people need to change their addictive behavior into a non-addictive one. Addicted people can overcome this problem with proper treatment, doctors, and family care.
Are medications the answer?
Treatment for opiate addiction differs for each person. The main purpose of opiate withdrawal treatment is to help addicted people stop using the drugs and prevent relapse.
The most common medications that help to reduce the symptoms of opiates withdrawal addiction are Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone. These drugs reduce cravings, helps with detox and intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Naltrexone blocks the effect of opioid drugs reverses the opiates’ effects and helps to prevent relapses. Medication treatment is matched to person’s needs and condition.
Who is there to help?
Another option of addiction treatment is counseling. The opportunity to have a talk about addiction with a professional, or when having a face to face or a group conversation can help to cope with withdrawal easier. Some support programs allow families and friends to attend counseling meetings. The support of friends and family is also important. First of all, they can encourage the addict and help during the treatment.
To overcome the opiate addiction and to prevent relapse one must have a strong determination and a supportive and caring family.