CONDITIONS A-Z

Rehab Reality and Righteousness Part One

There are many differing aspects to helping people with some of their addictions as there are many alternative forms of addiction from the basics like alcohol to heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth and opium base pharmaceuticals etc,.  While there are many variables to all of these things (behind the scenes) the facts at the end of the day is the fact that many people will, do and can, potentially get hooked on some of these things so this is where the whole sector of re-hab comes in.

There are some exceptionally good clinics in the Uk that deal with these issues and it is always advisable to go with the best in the field wherever possible as a rule.  Daniel Gerrard from https://www.addictionhelper.com is one of the formost specialists in this feild and has helped many of the individuals dealing with drug and alchohol additctions for decades states.

“The best way to deal with addiction is to focus in on the heart of the problem and see that the end result is the addiction itself.  Once this is addressed the patient can relax and tackle the issue a step at a time.”

Once people are hooked on a substance there is the requirement for them to be helped off the addiction they have.  This can and often is on of the most trying times of their lives as they do not just have to deal with the withdrawal  symptoms but also the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the process, all of which have to be addressed in order to effect a successful process through to completion.

While in the UK there are set ways the establishment approach these issues but they are not always using the correct approach to getting the desired result at the end of the day.  To explain a little deeper there are other alternative approaches to get to the desired result from a Russian approach.  There are many people in Russia who have been brought up on Vodka from a very young age and as a consequence there are many more times the addiction ratio over  there than in the United Kingdom so to speak.  This is not to say there is not a level of a similar problem here due to the stress and strains of a modern day society we have to deal with today

There are some very interesting aspects as to how other countries treat and deal with addictions and these are sometimes far removed from the traditional AA (alcoholics anonymous kind of approach.)  Traditionally in the UK for example one is considered an alcoholic for life while in Russia they have a completely different approach.  The issue in the UK is to basically treat the individual as a victim of the addiction for life and get them to deal with the fact day in day out a day at a time while in Russia for example they will deal with the underlying problem itself and not the resulting factor which manifests in the drinking itself.

In order for alcoholics to enter recovery they will first need to pass through a period of withdrawals. For most people these symptoms will be mild – never much worse than flu symptoms. There are also now a number of medications that can make the process from addiction to withdrawals pass more comfortably. One of the drugs that can be of value in the treatment of alcohol withdrawals is Clonidine. This pharmaceutical product is not a wonder drug but it can help significantly reduce the experience of some unpleasant symptoms.

Clonidine Explained

Clonidine is a kind of drug known as a centrally acting alpha-agonist hypotensive agent. It’s commonly used in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It does this by reducing the heart rate and relaxing blood vessels. Clonidine is also a type of drug known as a sympatholytic – this means that it inhibits postganglionic nerve fibers which in turn alter the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system. It comes in tablet form for the most part.

Uses of Clonidine

Clonidine is used in the treatment of a number of conditions including:

* Antihypertensive – it lowers blood pressure

* It can be used for the treatment of panic attacks and anxiety disorder.

* It can help with insomnia

* Treatment of neuralgia

* It is used in conjunction with stimulants to treat attention deficit disorder.

* It can be used for dealing with tics associated with Tourette syndrome.

* Headaches

* Treatment of menstrual cramps

* To reduce tachycardia (high pulse rate).

* Restless leg syndrome

* Treatment of restlessness

* Post traumatic stress disorder

* Treatment of night sweats

* Symptoms associated with menopause such as hot flushes.

* It can be used as mild sedative given to people prior to surgery to help them relax.

* Local anesthetic.

* Treatment for Rosacea (chronic facial redness).

* It is used in the treatment of addiction withdrawal symptoms.

Potential Side Effects of Clonidine

There have been a number of potential side effects associated with Clonidine including:

* It can cause people to develop a dry mouth.

* Some people who use this drug will develop constipation.

* It can lead to episodes of hypotension.

* The individual may experience dizziness.

* It may lead to drowsiness.

* Allergic reactions

* Mood changes

* Body rashes

* Cold hands and feet

* Problems with breathing.

* Swelling on the body.

* Headaches

Some of these side effects are rare and most people who take the drug will not have any problems. It is important not to just stop using Clonidine without first speaking to a physician. If the individual abruptly comes off this drug it can cause them to experience:

* Blood pressure that is elevated to dangerously high levels.

* Nervousness and agitation.

* Shaking.

* Headaches.

Alcohol Withdrawals Explained

If people have developed a physical dependence on alcohol they will suffer symptoms should they suddenly stop drinking or significantly reduce their intake. It can even be the case that the bad hangover symptoms that some alcoholics experience before the first drink of the day can be the result of these withdrawals. If people decide to enter recovery they are likely to experience some initial symptoms which can include:

* Nausea and vomiting

* Upset stomach

* Feelings of irritability

* Mood swings

* Cravings for alcohol

* A type of mental fuzziness – the person feels like their mental functioning is compromised.

* Mild symptoms of depression.

* Insomnia

* When people do fall asleep they may experience intense nightmares.

* Body aches.

* Sweating or clammy skin.

* Poor concentration and focus.

* Feelings of anxiety – the individual is easily startled.

* Headaches.

* Changes to blood pressure and pulse.

In some instances the individual can experience a particularly dangerous form of withdrawal symptom known as delirium tremens (DTs). It is possible for people to die if they enter this level of withdrawal so they need to be medically supervised. Symptoms of DTs include seizures and intense hallucinations.

Clonidine for Alcohol Withdrawals

Clonidine is now sometimes used in the treatment of alcohol withdrawals. It is believed to help reduce a number of associated symptoms including:

* Tremor

* Mild depression

* Elevated blood pressure

* Anxiety

* Tension

* Sweating

* Shaking

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