Is it Better to Use Drug Replacement Medications in an Inpatient Center?
If you are considering taking a drug replacement to recover from an addiction, it is important to know as much as you can about the drug you are addicted to. There are reasons why replacement drugs are so highly guarded and sometimes very difficult to get. Before going onto replacement drugs, it is important to consider where you should start taking them. An inpatient center is a controlled environment where the dosage and levels can be closely monitored and adjusted. In order to make an informed decision about where to start these drugs you need to know what they are, who uses them, and what the dangers of taking them are.
What are Drug Replacement Medications?
Drug replacement medications are groups of medications that reduce or completely stop the symptoms of withdrawal. The most widely used replacement medications are those that replace opiates. These medications are:
- Buprenorphine, and
Each of these contains a form of opiate and is extremely powerful. They are known to stop the unpleasant effects of opiate withdrawal completely.
Why use Drug Replacement Medications?
People use drug replacements for a few reasons. The main reason is that they have a condition that the drug they are addicted to treats. According to the National Library of Medicine, some of these conditions such as:
- Chronic pain,
- Rheumatoid arthritis,
- Cancers, and
- Chronic pain due to injuries.
Just because you are addicted to an opiate does not make the chronic pain or pain from a condition go away. A drug replacement can both stop the withdrawal and chronic pain.
What are the Dangers of Drug Replacement Medications?
Unfortunately, most replacement drugs are extremely dangerous. They are dangerous to the person taking them as well as to family members and pets that might accidentally ingest them. These drugs also have a high resale street value. This makes a home with these drugs in it a target for thieves and other abusers. It is important that you keep the medications private and locked up if you have them in your home.
Why is it Better to Start Drug Replacement Medications in an Inpatient Setting?
There are two main reasons why it is better to start drug replacement therapy in an inpatient setting. Each of these reasons needs to be carefully considering before deciding. These reasons are:
- Balancing the Medication – it takes a while to balance the replacement medication. When you first start taking it the doctor has to adjust the dose very carefully. It is much easier to watch your reactions and get the doses right when you are in an inpatient setting.
- Replacement medication is dangerous – there is a reason why some people go to a rehab center daily for their medication. This medication is extremely dangerous. It can kill small children and pets and puts a family at risk for junkies and thieves.
Although it is your choice whether you want inpatient treatment and medication replacement or not, many doctors consider inpatient treatment safer when you begin treatment, at least until you get used to the medication.
How to Find an Inpatient Center for Drug Replacement Therapy
You can find an inpatient center for drug replacement therapy by calling us at 800-681-7369Who Answers?. We can help you find your drug replacement treatment options and decide on which type of treatment is right for you. You have options.