By slowly reducing the amount of the drug present in the system, the more serious symptoms of withdrawal can be effectively avoided. A 25 percent weekly reduction is recommended for those who take an appropriate amount of benzo medication on a regular basis. When it comes to tapering schedules following a long-term benzo abuse disorder, a smaller weekly reduction is generally required.
The symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal can pose serious health-related threats if they are not adequately treated. Some of the more severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include seizures, hallucinations/delusions and delirium tremens. We use benzodiazepines for alcohol withdrawal whenever necessary. Medications like lorazepam, diazepam and chlordiazepoxide have been heavily researched for the effective treatment of alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and are considered safe when used in the context of medical detox. For liver compromised patients, we use Serax, which is gentler on the liver.
At Boca Detox Center we use buprenorphine or naltrexone for opioid withdrawal, in addition to clonidine in some instances. Buprenorphine-based medications are sometimes used to alleviate the more severe symptoms of opioid withdrawal while reducing psychological drug cravings. They are opioid partial agonists, which alleviate cravings and withdrawal symptoms without getting a patient high. Clonidine is an antihypertensive medication which has proven effective for the treatment of severe opioid withdrawal symptoms. Clonidine works by blocking certain chemicals in the brain which trigger the sympathetic nervous system.