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.…

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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…

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Medically Assisted Treatment and Recovery – An Overview

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) has historically focused on the needs of people who are addicted to alcohol or heroin and other opiates. Since the 1960s, antabuse had been the primary medication used for alcoholism, and methadone had been the primary medication used for opiate addiction. In recent years, additional pharmacological interventions have been researched and utilized.…

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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)…

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Medically Monitored Detoxification: Opiates and Stimulants

Medically Monitored Detoxification: Opiates and Stimulants

Detoxification means changing the resolution of a toxic state. Basically the brain has been poisoned and the manifestations of this are changes in behavior and changes in heightened body functions and physiology. Different drugs have very different withdrawal patterns, but there are some basic principles of medically managed detoxification. First we provide a calm environment…

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