Why is Medically-Aided Recovery Better Than Abstinent Recovery?
People who want to find sobriety often hesitate out of fear of the withdrawal process. They are uneducated about the option of medication to ease the process, often only knowing withdrawal based off the depiction in Hollywood films and their own past experiences- both of which are typically instances of abstinence detoxification. Abstinence withdrawal and detoxification is a gruelling, dangerous, and terrifying process. It is extremely taxing on the body, especially the central nervous system and symptoms may last anywhere from a few days up to two weeks.Users who chose to go ‘cold turkey’ often experience muscle spasms, nausea and fever. They lose the ability to function is day to day life as they battle through migraines, fatigue, and vomiting and/or diarrhea. People undergoing abstinent withdrawal become increasingly difficult to interact with due to mood swings, irritability and aggression. Chemical changes in the brain can lead to dangerous and possibly life-threatening situations if not carefully monitored and maintained by trained a medical staff. The possibility of seizures, shock, coma, and death is increased when the body is left to purge itself without medication to help mitigate these effects. In fact, recovering addict who choose this method are more likely to relapse, overdose, or die than those partaking in medicinal treatment in conjunction with therapy.
Benefits of Naltrexone
For many people in need of drug rehabilitation, uprooting and pausing their lives for 30 or more days is not an option. With dependent families, jobs, and responsibilities they cannot afford to commit themselves to an intense inpatient therapy center. People in these situations that do not show signs of chronic drug abuse or addiction complicated by mental illness benefit from the use of Naltrexone because it allows them to take advantage of outpatient programs while still addressing their addiction. Naltrexone is safe for use in the home rather than requiring supervision by a doctor or medical staff. Because it has no effects on the mental awareness of the recovering addict, they can still perform their normal routines without interruption. In addition, the effects of Naltrexone use also do not cause adverse effects to consumption of opiates or alcohol nor does it allow the user to experience the desired effects, effectively discouraging relapse. As an opiate blocker Naltrexone is non-addictive and treatment typically only last three months where other treatment options may require lifelong medication.
Social Benefits of Naltrexone
With the availability of drug rehabilitation treatments like Naltrexone, the way society views addiction is changing. Naltrexone and other treatments allows addicted people to have control over their lives. By blocking the absorption of opiates into the body, Naltrexone guarantees the mental awareness of user remains unaltered, allowing them to focus in school or on the job. The decriminalization of addiction is continually garnishing more support and treatments like Naltrexone help society recognize addiction as the disease it is. With the increased representation of addicts as normal, working, everyday people, the stigmas against those suffering from addiction may be erased by reaffirming that anyone can be an addict. The use of Naltrexone can also benefit the personal relationships of the recovering addicts. People that are prescribed Naltrexone and involved in inpatient rehab programs benefit from the mental clarity during therapeutic sessions. By negating any influence narcotics that remain in the recovering patient’s system may have, Naltrexone allows therapists to gain a clear idea of what mental and emotional troubles may be tied to the abuse of opiates or alcohol. Through family therapy relationships can be mended and the additional support can further aid in the journey to sobriety. This leads to increased success following completion of a rehab program as well as decrease in the likelihood of relapse.
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