If addiction counseling and therapy is not in the cards, it is possible to focus on using medication to help fight addiction. Some drugs can help reduce cravings while also being able to ward off nasty symptoms of detox. Learn about some of the medications out there helping in the fight against addiction to alcohol.
Drugs That Reduce Cravings
Naltrexone and Acamprosate help to reduce the craving feeling for alcohol for people in recovery while also alleviating some effects of alcohol on a person’s system. Naltrexone is an anti-craving drug with short-term use for individuals with serious alcoholism. Two forms of the drug may be administered: Vivitrol (once a month) and ReVia (daily pill). Temporary side effects may include:
- Feelings of fatigue
- Pain in the stomach
A high dosage of the drug can increase risk of liver damage. It is not recommended that Naltrexone be used by people who have recently used other narcotics. Vivitrol injections are often prescribed instead of the pill. In some cases the drug does not have the desired effect. Naltrexone is often used with acamprosate, another anti-craving drug which can boost the effects of Naltrexone.
Disulfram is a type of drug that may be prescribed to inhibit alcohol use. Classified as an aversion drug, the drug causes the user to experience uncomfortable side effects when drinking. The drug can help condition the mind and body to develop an aversion to alcohol. Some side effects may include:
- Hot sweats
People may only require one dose every 1-2 tweeks. The drug comes with overdose warnings. While taking the drug, it is important to have a support system in place through friends and family and friends who can ensure the drug is taken regularly.
The main thing to consider when looking at medications to fight alcohol addiction is what will work best for the individual circumstances and how it will impact the person’s ability to recover. A treatment center with professional staff will help come up with a treatment plan that will help people in recovery.
Cypress Lakes provides space to explore recovery and ways to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Alcohol addiction is difficult to experience for not only the individual but loved ones as well. If you are struggling to recover from addiction, call us to find out how we can help you move forward with our tailored programs and services: 877-938-1577