Depressive Disorders and Medication

As the name suggests, antidepressants are used to treat mood disorders, (and as the name implies) specifically, depressive disorders. Mood disorders are psychiatric disorders characterized by periods of depression, sometimes alternating with periods of elevated mood. Depression is a condition that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest, as well as physical symptoms.…

Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders, & Psychotropic Meds

Anyone entering the field of addiction treatment will encounter a large number of people who suffer from addiction in combination with psychiatric disorders—what we refer to as comorbidity. As a result, it will be important for addiction counselors to become familiar with the relationship between addiction and comorbid psychiatric conditions, along with the psychotropic medications…

Medically Monitored Detoxification – Alcohol and Sedatives/Hypnotics

Alcohol For alcohol detox we use a tranquillizer or sedative replacement. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers. Any tranquilizer can be used for this purpose. I personally like to use Valium (diazepam) as do most doctors, but Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Ativan (lorazepam), or Serax (oxazepam) can be used as well. These are all tranquilizers. Previously, barbiturates (such as Phenobarbital)…

What Addiction Counselors Need to Know

Anyone going into the addiction counseling field should know something about the medications that are used in medical detoxification, as well as to stabilize active addiction and assist the recovery process. Even though therapists don’t participate directly in the medical aspects of the detoxification and treatment processes, it is helpful to know generally what physicians…