Main Groups of Psychiatric Medications:
- Medications may be used to assist with the withdrawal process, but this is not considered to be treatment but rather an assist in suppressing the symptoms.
- Medications can help re-establish brain function and to prevent relapse and diminish cravings.
- Medications can effectively assist in the treatment of addiction to opioids, tobacco, and alcohol. Often there is a combination of such addictions which may also include those of a behavioral, rather than substance, nature.
- Individual sessions assist the addict in addressing the destruction that has occurred and finding more suitable skills and support networks.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy may be incorporated into the educational program.
- Strategic family therapy may be required particularly for adolescents or those addicts living within a family unit.
- Random drug testing and other management techniques are needed to monitor performance are included.
- Addiction medications that are useful include Antabuse, Campral, Chantix, Naltrexone, Revia, Suboxone, and Wellbutrin.
- Individuals with addictions frequently have comorbid psychiatric conditions which require treatment to achieve sobriety. These include ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar illness, and situational stress.