Medication and Crack/Cocaine Rehabilitation

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Should I consider the use of medications to aid in crack/cocaine rehabilitation?

Medication and Crack/Cocaine Rehabilitation

The evidence is inconclusive regarding the use of medication in the assistance of crack/cocaine rehabilitation. During drug rehab, a prescription for benzodiazepines (i.e. Xanax, Ativan) is sometimes recommended. This decision is usually based on the physician's desire to ease unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia or severe anxiety. The dilemma is that people can develop a dependency on this class of drugs and they do not alleviate the long-term issues you will grapple with regarding anxiety.

They may alleviate short-term discomfort, but you may also find yourself addicted to yet another substance. Detox/withdrawal from benzodiazepines is sometimes worse than detox from crack/cocaine. While you should always consult with a doctor for your final decision, it is strongly recommended that you work with a doctor who specializes in the treatment of addictions.



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