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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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…

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