Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
The goal of this paper is to summarize and synthesize five research articles that are relevant to my PICOT question. My PICOT question is: In patients that are withdrawing from alcohol, what is the effect of benzodiazepines, compared to other drugs in the treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS)? The synthesis will include inconsistencies and contradictions in the literature that was reviewed. Lastly, I will provide preliminary conclusions on whether the literature that was presented has enough evidence to support a change in daily practice.
In my practice as a correctional nurse, we start assessing inmates that are at risk for alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) by using the Clinical…
Alcohol is a part of New Zealand culture and is considered as an inevitable factor for celebrations and for relieving stress (“Alcohol misuse”, 2016). Long-term high rate of alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol misuse and make people dependent on alcohol. It has now become a very common thing to see an alcoholic patient presenting to the hospital frequently to treat the withdrawal symptoms.
Most of the patients admitted with Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) have multiple…
iv. The effects of the dextromethorphan (DMX) feel like a dreamlike dissociative state that includes: sensory and time perception, hallucinations, and excitement to the drug user.
v. Users can suffer serious long-term consequences of excessive exposure to acetaminophen, ephedrine, alcohol, and decongestants that are found in cough and cold medicines. Other effects include: confusion, blurred vision, slurred speech, increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of muscle…
I chose the movie 28 days starring Sandra Bullock. Sandra’s character Gwen was an alcoholic and addicted to Vicodin. She had gone through the cycle of addiction and was ruining her life from the drugs. She is sent to rehab after stealing the limo at her sister’s wedding and crashing it into a building since she was driving drunk. She was given the choice to do jail time or 28 days of rehab and she chose the rehab. While at rehab she had a rough time going through the withdrawal symptoms and…
Psychological addiction deals with how drugs affect a person’s mind. Research has proven that “drug abuse changes the brains chemistry” (Stevens & Smith, pg. 52). Addiction is also “considered a disease of the brain” (Stevens & Smith, pg. 52). Psychological dependence is the “need to use a drug to relieve negative emotions” (Meyer, pg. 109). A person may “spend a great deal of time in activities necessary to obtain and use the drug” (Stevens & Smith, pg. 52).…
Chills or fever
Problems with balance
Increased blood pressure
Convulsions or severe seizures
Bloating or excessive gas
Pain in various parts of the body (arms, legs, jaw, calves)
More severe health problems are more commonly associated with tramadol overdose. These problems include:
Sudden changes in consciousness
Anxiety and paranoia
Although relatively rare, complete loss of…
“The Junky’s Christmas” is a short story about an opiate addict named Danny attempting to obtain heroin on Christmas Day after having been in jail for three days. Danny must also deal with the intense opiate withdrawal. The short story was adapted into a short film titled The Junky’s Christmas which follows the original story.
After being given an opiate medication by an alcoholic doctor, Danny uses his remaining cash to rent a cheap hotel room for the night. He goes to his room and…
may seem perfectly reasonable to want something that would make it stop and find some relief. It is a complicated issue, but there has to be some balance and responsibility when consuming painkillers. According to the centers for Disease control and prevention, nearly 2 million Americans abused prescription painkillers in 2013, with 44 people dying from an overdose each day (D’ Amora). Although, these are devastating news; this is not the worse part. An unborn child has to suffer the sad…
The first study examined the link between marital aggression and the development of withdrawal in infancy (Crockenberg, Leerkes, & Lekka, 2007). The paper presented three hypotheses; the first one predicted the association between marital conflict and infant withdrawal in relation to the baby’s reaction to novelty, exposure to arguments, and father cares. The other two hypotheses were concerned with the way infants react to novelty, and the relationship between maternal behaviors and infant…
Although it isn’t easy to overcome addiction, there are treatment options available to help people achieve recovery and long-term sobriety.
Treatment for Xanax Addiction
Although some people may try to stop taking Xanax without medical assistance, it is can very dangerous due to the risk of withdrawal symptoms. All of the symptoms are unpleasant and uncomfortable, but some can even be life-threatening. Here are some of the most common withdrawal symptoms for Xanax: