Anti-Craving Medication for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
Detox is a process through which the withdrawal symptoms of a particular type of drug such as an opiate are managed as the toxins from the drug are removed from the body. However, removing the drug from the body will also be accompanied by cravings in some cases both phsycial, psychological and emotional. A number of stimuli can set off a craving response within the brain. Anti-craving drugs seem to work by blocking the receptors associated with cues that set off relapse. However, some cues are not effected by the blocking of these reward receptors.
To date, several different addictions are being treated with the use of anti-craving medications after detox. These include alcoholism, opiate addiction, nicotine addiction and cocaine addiction. These drugs are used to help prevent relapse both during the detox phase and in early recovery.
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