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Medications Used in Alcohol Detox Treatment

If you find yourself addicted to alcohol and in need of professional help, it may not be long before you check into an inpatient rehab facility. One of the first steps in overcoming your addiction is detoxification. During this time, your body will get used to functioning without alcohol. For this reason, you can expect a variety of withdrawal symptoms to rear their ugly head, from nausea to vomiting among others.

Those who quit cold turkey do not have access to medication to assist with the detox process. Instead, they have to overcome any withdrawal symptoms on their own, which can be a challenge. Therefore, the chance of a relapse is much greater.

Whether or not you have access to medication for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal depends on many factors, including the rehab facility you choose. If you are interested in the use of medication to better tackle detox, it is important to discuss this upfront with any rehab center you are considering.

Note: some provide medication and others do not.

Commonly Prescribed Alcohol Withdrawal Medications

Depending on your situation and the rehab center you choose, you may be able to take prescription medication as a means of better dealing with any withdrawal symptoms. It is important to note that these medications must only be taken under the watchful eye of a medical professional. You should never attempt to detox from alcohol on your own after illegally obtaining one or more of the following medications:

detox medications

Your doctor may prescribe medication to help you during alcohol detox.

  • Valium
  • Librium
  • Tenormin
  • Catapres
  • Tranxene
  • Serax
  • Lioresal
  • Diastat

You will not be prescribed every one of these medications. Your medical team will review your situation and then make a recommendation based on your current level of health and addiction.

Even though the drugs above are meant to help you make it through alcohol detox with the least amount of discomfort, it is not going to completely remove you from this situation. There will still be times when you are feeling poorly. Fortunately, your cravings will be kept to a minimum, which will increase your chance of overcoming your addiction in a time efficient manner.

The use of medication in alcohol detox treatment is not required, however, it can greatly improve your chance of overcoming an addiction. Not only are the medications above useful in relieving most of the discomfort associated with withdrawal, but it will suppress your cravings as well.

As you begin to consider alcohol detox treatment, speak with a rehab facility that can prescribe medication to help you overcome this challenge.

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