www.helpingpsychology.com Addiction to drug and alcohol cannot be cured, but there are many methods of effective treatment available today. It should be noted that there is a difference between chemical dependency, which is a physical symptom caused by the drug itself, and addiction, which is a genetic, compulsive disorder. http://drugalcoholtreatmentfinder.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/305813_7102.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com Most people are familiar by now with 12 step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 steps don’t work for everyone, at least not as a stand alone method. http://www.recoverybroadcastnetwork.net/images/AA%20500x315%20GIF.gif
www.helpingpsychology.com Other options for the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions include medications such as methadone, suboxone, and oral naltrexone. http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/5294997/319374-main_Full.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com Methadone has been in use for some time for narcotic opiate addicts, however, due to government restrictions, it is difficult for many addicts to receive treatment, and the medication must be doled out daily, requiring addicts to visit a clinic every day. http://opioids.com/methadone/methadone-bottle.jp
www.helpingpsychology.com Suboxone comes in a tablet form and is used to treat severe opiate addiction. It also contains a drug which, if injected or otherwise not used as directed, will counteract all effects of the first drug, and cause withdrawal and negative side effects http://www.helpmegetoffdrugs.com/images/Suboxone_Bottle_UN7Y.png
www.helpingpsychology.com For alcoholics, a drug called Campral – used for quite some time in Europe, but only recently available in the United States – is a drug that blocks the brain from receiving the enjoyable aspects of alcohol, which stops the cravings associated with drinking. Campral does not block withdrawal from alcohol and may not be helpful to someone who has not already stopped drinking. http://www.bbonlinepharmacy.com/images/campral.gif
www.helpingpsychology.com Naltrexone is a medication which eliminates the patient feeling any of the effects of narcotics, which helps to guard against relapse. Nalterxone can be used as a maintenance measure, when a doctor feels a patient should stop taking Suboxone. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BTMqWOhhl4s/SAxhzTFLCSI/AjE/p25pCIGJXp0/s400/Revia-Naltrexone.jpg
http://www.healthsquare.com/common/images/b/BRR09020_60120_5.JPG www.helpingpsychology.com Like Campral, Naltrexone is currently only approved for alcoholism, but doctors have found benefit when used for other types of addiction.
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