Chicago Lakeshore Hospital on The Use of Medication in Substance Abuse Treatment

by Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

Chicago Lakeshore Hospital specializes in detoxification, treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention for patients struggling with substance dependence. Located on the north side of the city; Chicago Lakeshore Hospital offers addiction treatment for adults and adolescents in a supportive environment. Chicago Lakeshore Hospital is committed to offering treament for addictions in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Medication may reduce or control the effects of withdrawal during detoxification and can be used over the course of treatment. To treat an opioid addiction, medications such as methadone, naltrexone, or buprenorphine may be prescribed by a healthcare professional. Methadone and buprenorphine can reduce or suppress the symptoms of withdrawal, and help to relieve substance cravings. Naltrexone, used only after detoxification, blocks the effects of opioids at receptor sites.

Nicotine replacement patches, tablets, lozenges, and chewing gum are used to control tobacco addictions; buproprion and varenicline help to prevent relapsing. For alcohol dependence, disulfiram, acamprosate, naltrexone are all FDA-approved. Acamprosate may help to reduce the symptoms of protracted withdrawal, and is particularly effective for patients with elevated alcohol dependence. Clinical trials are still being conducted using topiramate in the management of alcohol addictions.

Chicago Lakehsore Hospital may or may not utilize any of the mentioned medications during the treatment process depending on the needs of the individual patient. Chicago Lakeshore Hospital is committed to ensuring a supportive and comfortable environment for all patients that are treated at the hospital.