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Medication Classes

Antidepressants
This class of medication works to balance the naturally occurring chemicals in the brain. There are a number of categories of antidepressants which work differently on different neurotransmitters. The older classes of antidepressants, while still in use, do have more side effects than the new classes.

Antipsychotics
Antipsychotic drugs are used to treat mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and ADHD. These medications help manage the mental health disorders associated with specific conditions and shorten the length of the course of an illness episode.

Anticonvulsants
Seizures are due to electric misfiring or abnormal activity in the brain. Anticonvulsants reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures caused by this a. Anticonvulsants are also slow down the central nervous system.

Anti-Craving
Anti-craving drugs are in many cases drugs that have been used to treat other conditions. Because of their interaction with certain neurotransmitters, these anti-craving drugs can stop the desire for a particular drug or drink.

Beta Blockers
Beta blockers work on norepinephrine and epinephrine receptors in the brain. These drugs were developed to help reduce blood pressure and the rate at which the heart beats.

Sedative/Hypnotic
This class of drugs slows down the body’s functions. Among the drugs of this class are benzodiazepines and barbiturates. They can act to calm down the anxious individual to promoting sleep.

Sleep Aids
Substance abuse and mental health disorders can disrupt the natural sleep rhythms known as circadian rhythms. Sleep aids can help an individual return to healthy sleep patterns.

Looking For Treatment?

If you are looking for medication treatment, please call a Recovery Connection coordinator at 866-812-8231. They will be able to assist you with any questions you may have regarding detox and treatment. Many of those who are in recovery have experienced chronic pain and addiction and have overcome this struggle through drug treatment.

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