Medical Treatments for Bad Habits

Arjun Singhe asked:

Can bad habits be cured through medical treatments? Some say yes; they have succeeded in overcoming their addictions through science. There are many medical treatments for smokers and others who want to block their cravings.

For smokers, there is a variety of nicotine replacement options. Nicotine patches are probably the most popular for bad smoking habits. They can be adhered to the skin and forgotten until the end of the day. Or, if you are a person who suffers morning cravings, you can wear the patch all night. In any case, you do not have to be constantly thinking about your smoking.

Nicotine gum is also used by many people with these bad habits. It is handy for those who like to do something with their mouths. It cuts their urge to smoke at the same time. You just chew it for awhile, and then place it in between your cheek and gum. The nicotine will enter your bloodstream. Nicotine lozenges work much the same way.

You can get nicotine nasal sprays and nicotine inhalers through your doctor by prescription. The spray delivers an instant burst of nicotine to the system. The inhaler gives users an experience somewhat like smoking. It helps to wean you from your bad habits.

The downside of nicotine replacement is that you cannot cheat when you are using it. If you smoke when you are wearing a nicotine patch, for instance, you can trigger an episode of very high blood pressure at the very least. Your health will be in danger if you keep your bad habits up.

Many people now use prescription medications for relieving the destruction of these bad habits. Zyban has been used for several years now as a stop-smoking aid. This medication is also an anti-depressant. It helps to eliminate the urge to smoke.

It does not hurt your health (any more than smoking ever did) to smoke or use nicotine patches while using Zyban. However, many people report that they just do not feel like smoking any more.

Chantrix, or varenicline, is a newer medication for those who wish to quit smoking. It eases withdrawal symptoms and makes smoking less pleasurable afterwards. It has been shown to be even more effective than Zyban. It also has been show to help with alcohol addiction. This is helpful since many people drink and smoke in the same situations.

Addictive gambling is another of the bad habits that afflicts many adults. Gamblers seem to have cognitive distortions that prompt them to keep gambling until their money is gone. There may be some physical basis for this. There is now a new medication being studied that is supposed to curb those urges.

For some serious bad habits of opiate addiction, methadone has been used for over thirty years. It controls withdrawal symptoms that come on after quitting heroin, morphine, or similar drugs. It has a well-documented history of success.

While drug treatments of bad habits have their problems, there are some advantages, too. It seems that many of the treatments have helped people to stop addictive behaviors. This is not automatic, but comes with the medication along with a determined effort.

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Pain Killer Addiction – Are You Hooked?

Helen Hecker asked:

When you’re addicted physically, accidentally or otherwise, to a drug, like a pain killer or alcohol, etc., it’s because you’ve suppressed or shut down your body’s production of endorphins, which are natural opiate pain killers. And when this happens you start craving the drug that you replaced the endorphins with. Your body needs the endorphins. So whether it’s alcohol, a pain killer or some other addicting drug, in a sense it has the same effect on the body in terms of suppressing the endorphins.

More than 415,000 people received treatment last year for pain killer abuse or addiction. Once a patient addicted to a pain killing drug has completed detoxification, the treatment provider must work with the patient to determine which course of treatment would then be best for the patient.

The common side effects and adverse reactions of pain killers are: nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry mouth, contraction of the pupil, orthostatic hypotension (blood pressure drops upon sudden standing) – which often happens when arising too fast when getting out of bed in the morning, urinary retention, constipation and fecal impaction to name a few. And if you’re addicted to pain killers or other drugs or think you might be, you can start working to increase the body’s endorphin production naturally. Some ways to do this are laughing, touching, hugging, massage, acupuncture, acupressure, walking, hiking, jogging, running and anything that makes you feel good that’s natural.

Today addiction to pain killers is an escalating problem, especially the abuse of opioid pain killers. This is partly due to the fact that people didn’t have access to these kinds of drugs for many years. You would only hear about heroin and later crack cocaine. Research says that addiction is both a biological and psychological condition. Many other drugs can interact with the opioids and cause a wide variety of symptoms and adverse reactions and this can have a fatal outcome. Pain killer addiction terms include the following: opiate dependency, opiate addiction, narcotic dependency, narcotic addiction, pain killer dependency and painkiller dependency.

So if you think you’re addicted and want to get off a pain killer or any other drug, it’s best to get treated and detoxified as fast as you can and then go through the recommended type of rehabilitation. And it’s important to have others for support – to lean on and learn from and be there for you.

A person with an addiction exhibits compulsive behavior to satisfy their craving for a pain killer or pain medication even when there are totally negative consequences associated with taking the pain killer or drug. Although detoxification is not an actual treatment for pain killer addiction, it can help relieve the withdrawal symptoms while the patient adjusts to being free of the pain killer or other prescription drugs.

There are quite a few effective treatment options that will help treat pain killer addiction to prescription opioids and that will help manage the sometimes severe withdrawal symptoms that can go with the sudden stopping of a pain killer or other drug. Some of the less common side effects and adverse reactions of pain killers are: confusion, hallucinations, delirium, hives, itching, hypothermia, a slow heart rate, rapid heart rate, muscle rigidity and flushing.

Many chronic pain patients may be under-treated as a result of doctors trying to gain control over future pain killer addiction, its been reported. But for many years it seems that people were overmedicated. It’s important to get professional help and not try to get off pain killers on your own. It’s also important to go through rehab immediately following your stay for detox; make it a mandatory part of your plan of action. Some insurance companies will pay for one or two weeks of treatment and some may also pay for rehabilitation too.

All the other demands you have for your children, your job, going to school, or any other responsibilities may make inpatient treatment seem like an intrusion into your life, but you must do it now because waiting will only make it worse. For some reason you can’t do in-patient rehab, find out how you can do outpatient rehab and pay for it under your insurance plan. Check your insurance policy if you haven’t already to see if it’s covered. Taking the necessary amount of time to spend in a treatment center detoxing, is of the highest priority.

The potential for pain killer addiction in patients with chronic pain conditions has been often overlooked by doctors, but the tide is slowly changing as doctors rethink prescribing addictive drugs. So if you think you have an addiction to a pain killer think about getting detoxed as soon as you can. You can do it as have thousands before you. Pain killer treatment options today are drawn from many years of experience and clinical research from studying and treating other types of drugs and even addiction to heroin.

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