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Prescription Drug Treatment

When going to an inpatient treatment center you will have your treatment program designed based on your needs. As you progress the program will change to reflect this. You will also meet regularly with your physician along with other medical professions as they help you get off the prescription medications.

The first part of prescription drug treatment is detoxification where you will be slowly weaned off the medications and treated for any withdrawal symptoms.

Painkiller prescription drug treatment

For these prescription medications you will be given one of three medications to help treat your withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine or Methadone can be continued as maintenance methods also. How long you would use them as maintenance medications would depend on how severe your dependence is. They may also use clonidine but not as a maintenance medication.

Stimulant prescription drug treatment

For the cravings you will be treated with anti-craving agents and for depressive symptoms they will treat you with antidepressants. Sometimes people suffer from severe psychotic effects and if you are then they will be treated with neuroleptics.

Sedative prescription drug treatment

Generally they will slowly wean you off sedatives while in the program because the withdrawal symptoms can be severe, even deadly. This is why if you are addicted to sedatives you should seek inpatient treatment so you can have twenty-four hour hands-on supervision. Sometimes it may be necessary to be given other medications but it depends on your needs during withdrawal.