Treatment For Alcoholism

Alcoholism: A Major Problem

Alcoholism, an addiction to alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, whiskey, brandy, and other similar beverages, is a serious problem that affects individuals, as well as families. It can tear apart the best of friends, estrange families, even destroy relationships. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. Treatment for alcoholism comes in a variety of forms and methods that can stop the addiction, and even clean up the addict.

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Medical Treatments for Alcoholism

Medicines are probably not what one would think of when treating alcohol addiction, but there are some medicines that have been approved for the treatment of alcoholism.

The Effects of Disulfiram

One popular medicine is called Disulfiram. The medicine seeks to curb the addiction by causing a bad reaction to the alcoholic whenever he/she drinks while on the medication. While effective, this medicine may cause sickness and injury to the alcoholic, and may not be the first choice in the treatment of alcoholism.

The Effects of Nalrexone

Nalrexone is another medication used as a treatment for alcoholism. It actually prevents the euphoria or the “high” the alcoholic gets when consuming the medicine, effectively defeating the purpose of drinking and eventually putting an end to the addiction.

The Effects of Campral

Campral, another approved medicine in the treatment of alcoholism works differently than the other two. As the first two medicines work directly to curb the addiction of alcoholism, this drug eases withdrawal symptoms when the alcoholic decides to quit drinking. It is an easy way to come off the addiction naturally, rather than going cold turkey, which can have adverse withdrawal side-effects common with any drug addiction.

The Effects of Topiramate

Another useful drug in the treatment of alcoholism is Topiramate. Topiramate is different from other treatments. The medicines listed above is normally used to prevent alcoholics from drinking again if they had stopped or are recovering alcoholics; however, Topiramate is used while the person is drinking and helps to ‘wean’ him/her off the bottle. The drug allows the user to ‘cut back’ on heavy drinking, eventually stopping. Though effective, the drug is not without its downside, in the form of side-effects. Itching, tingling, anorexia, dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty in concentrating have been reported as common side effects of the drug.

Rapid Detox: A miracle cure or a recipe for disaster?

Rapid Detox is another option in the treatment of alcoholism, but it can be risky. As alcoholism usually develops over a period of heavy and uncontrollable drinking, so is its treatment. The idea of an ‘instant cure’ through rapid detoxification is more myth than fact. Though Rapid Detoxification may sound good on paper with its lure and seduction of instant recovery from alcoholism, in practice, it can be dangerous, even fatal. In four years, seven patients died from the effects of rapid detoxification, mainly because the procedure places undue stress on the already ravaged and damaged bodies of the alcoholic, despite claims by doctors that it was because of drug use during the detoxification process.

Medical Treatment for Alcoholism Seems Best

The best treatment for alcoholism is a slow, steady process of gradually introducing the body and the mind to a state of cleanliness via approved medications. Some medications reduce the high, others help ‘wean’ the alcoholic off the bottle. Whatever the case, there is no magic pill or instant cure for alcoholism. It is through will power, determination, and the right medications, can one be free of alcoholism and begin to live normal, productive lives.

 

 

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