To Medicate or Not to Medicate?

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Most often people undergoing a drug and alcohol withdrawal will be given medication to allegedly make the withdrawal from drugs easier. Usually, a combination of valium, sleepers and sometimes clonidine is administered through the day at a withdrawal clinic. Valium to relax the muscles and ease anxiety, sleepers for sleep and possibly clonidine to regulate blood pressure depending on what the person is withdrawing off.

Using medication to get people off drugs or alcohol has its place. For example in some cases, jumping off high amounts of alcohol or valium can be very dangerous so it is necessary to use medication so that the person does not fit or go into a cardiac arrest. In most cases of coming off heroin, ice or cocaine, for example, medication is not always needed.

Using valium for 7 days through a withdrawal may not get you physically hooked but it could be enough to hook the person on the feeling of the drug.

Using valium for 7 days through a withdrawal may not get you physically hooked but it could be enough to hook the person on the feeling of the drug.

Coming off valium for example, is much tricker than say coming off heroin or ice. It can be done but first 2 things need to be determined. How long has the person been using valium and secondly a doctor needs to determine if the person can come off the drug safely and without the need to ween down or be hospitalised first. Jumping off high amounts of some meds needs medical attention sometimes as the withdrawal can give fits or a cardiac arrest.

It’s easy to leave a withdrawal unit that runs for 7 days and still feel groggy or like you want to use drugs as nothing else has been addressed. The desire to use drugs has not suddenly dissipated. It is so important to engage in rehab services to get to the heart of the problem. There is no medication that will help to address the parts of life that the person is having trouble controlling. No doubt there are cases where medication is necessary but mostly helping someone to look at their life thoroughly and offer genuine tools to navigate situations with more ease and confidence really paves a road to sobriety and a chance to begin a new chapter.


Find out how the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program helps people getting off drugs without using drugs, medications or prescriptions. Contact Narconon Melbourne today.

AUTHOR

Christine Bauer

Christine is the Dissemination Secretary at Narconon Melbourne, Australia. She is also a graduate of the program and has been free of drugs for 11 years.

NARCONON MELBOURNE

DRUG EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION