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Medicine for Alcohol Addiction

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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For those suffering from alcohol addiction, alcoholism, there is medical treatment that can allow them to regain control of their lives. If you or a loved one are addicted to alcohol and looking into recovery options you should be aware that there are various medications used to treat alcohol addiction and keep symptoms of withdrawal and cravings under control. With the proper medication and therapy sessions, support from friends and family or a self help group you can begin your recovery from alcohol addiction in the comfort of your own home.

Common Types of Medicine Used To Treat Alcohol Addiction

There are two main types of medications used to treat alcohol addiction. Tranquilizers called benxodiazepines, such as valium and librium, are used for the first few days of alcohol treatment. This class of medication allows you to relaxed and dulls the symptoms of withdrawal, keeping you safe and comfortable during the withdrawal period.

The next type of medication will help you to remain sober. Typically patients are prescribed a medication called naltrexone (ReVia) which helps to control any cravings for alcohol, keeping you on track with recovery. In combination with counseling this medication will help prevent you from returning to heavy drinking. Another commonly used medication to help deter drinking is disulfiram (Antabuse). This medication discourages drinking by causing nausea, vomiting, and other unpleasant physical reactions when alcohol is consumed. The type of medication you will be prescribed will be determined by your Doctor.

How Can I Start This Type of Treatment?

Treatment of alcoholism with medications is done within rehab and other medical facilities throughout the nation. This is done in an inpatient setting or outpatient setting. Many choose to used these medications during outpatient treatment because it allows them to remain in the comfort of their home, return to the treatment center on a regular basis for counseling and adjustment of their medication. If you are looking to recover in the comfort of your home treating your alcoholism with a medication could be the right choice. Consult a medical professional to see if this is the right option for you.

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