Understanding Drug and Alcohol Cravings

You have probably heard about cravings before. But how does it apply to drugs and alcohol? In this context, cravings refer to the uncontrollable desire to use the substance again. Cravings constitute a significant part of recovery, especially when you are just starting on this journey. This is why having the right support network around you is crucial. Skyward Treatment Centre has what it takes to help recovering addicts stay on course and avoid relapsing.

Usually, cravings are part of withdrawal symptoms. They can also be a response to specific stimuli or aa that is automated when one encounters troubles filled with intense emotions. These are born in the brain, which is why they are sometimes difficult to beat. Once a craving is born, it takes a lot of willpower to overcome it.

One’s memory also contributes to making such cravings linger. Since this happens automatically, there is almost no way to control the disorder. The fact that the brain is rewarded with dopamine whenever you use the substance makes the brain accustomed to the good feeling. Once you stop using it, the brain remembers, and cravings develop.

Note that the carvings are subjective and vary from one user to the next. Triggers also differ, which is why close monitoring is needed to overcome relapse. Medical-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted Treatment

This is a strategy used in addiction treatment where addicts/ patients are given specific medication and therapy. It is a quicker and easier way of helping addicts battle withdrawal symptoms. The medication used in such treatment sessions is AFDA approved and will not lead users to addiction.

This strategy works best for opioid treatment. However, it is also applicable to alcohol treatment. The medication given during such addiction treatments aims to help block the chemical influence of the drugs on the brain. This means that the medication blocks the euphoric effects caused by the drugs and, in turn, gets rid of the cravings. This supports the body to slowly begin returning o regular function without the need for drugs.

The FDA has approved the use of specific medications in this treatment program. The medicines used depend on the drug addiction treatment. They are as follows:

  1. Alcohol use disorder: Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone
  2. Opioid use disorder: Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone treat opioid use disorders, especially those related to short-acting opioids like heroin, morphine, and codeine. They also work for semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Some of the medication used is meant to help reverse the addiction and prevent overdose and reverse overdose effects.

Note that the medications are used in specific forms, even when used as combinations. They will most likely be administered in the following manner:

  • Buprenorphine
  • IM injection (Sublocade)
  • Implant (Probuphine)
  • Sublingual (Subutex)
  • Methadone
  • Tablets (Dolophine)
  • Naltrexone
  • IM injection (Vivitrol)
  • Naltrexone tablets
  • Acamprosate
  • Tablets (Campral)
  • Disulfiram
  • Tablets (Antabuse)
  • Buprenorphine and Naloxone
  • Sublingual (Bunuvail, Suboxone, Zubsolv)

The doctors will determine the most appropriate strategy based on the patient they are treating. The drugs come with numerous advantages, the main one being improved survival and reduced chances for relapse.

It is vital to manage cravings to avoid relapse. With external and internal triggers threatening your recovery progress, it is best to work with professionals to help you correctly manage the cravings. Talk to us today for a chance to get the control you need.

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