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Recover From Alcoholism Or Drug Addiction

By: Teodora Atanasoff
For some of you out there, visiting Alcoholic Anonymous may not be sufficient. While they offer you an excellent support system and belief program with the 12 steps, it may not be enough. The call of alcohol could be too great to handle without having some kind of medical help.

Right now there are only 3 medications that the FDA has approved for alcohol and drug treatment. These medicines will never be prescribed to you if you're still drinking simply because they cannot keep you from drinking. They are only prescribed if you have currently sto ped drinking and are trying to remain clean.

The first medicine which is approved for alcohol treatment is Disulfiram. Disulfiram was the first drug that was approved for treatment of alcohol dependence. The purpose of this drug is to cause negative reaction if you decide to drink while taking it. This takes place because Disulfiram works against the alcohol to have a build up of acetaldehyde (which causes hang over signs and symptoms) that is practically 5x or even 10x higher than what would usually occur. In other words, this will give you the worse hangover you ever experienced. If you drink while taking this you could encounter nausea, chest discomfort, headache, confusion, and marked uneasiness among others. Bear in mind though that Disulfiram doesn't treat any withdrawal symptoms nor does it stop cravings.

The second drug is Naltrexone that is otherwise identified as Revia or Depade. This drug reduces the craving for alcohol. It isn't really clear how it operates to cut back the craving, but it's believed that the drug affects the pathways in the brain where dopamine is found. Typically it's taken as a pill and is taken over a period of 12 weeks to assist people who have currently committed to quit drinking. As with Disulfiram, it is not used to teat the signs and symptoms of withdrawal apart from the cravings.

Lastly, there is Acamprosate or Campral. Out of all 3 medicines, Campral is the most recent one that received approval, even so it has been used in Europe for many years. As with Naltexone, it isn't really clear how Campral works with the brain to assist you maintain your abstinence. Many doctors think that it restores a chemical balance in your brain that has been out of whack due to long-term alcoholism. This is also the only drug that decreases the physical distress and emotional discomfort you may experience after you quit drinking. You might find that you don't suffer from as severe sweating, anxiousness or sleep disturbances as those individuals who're not taking this medicine.

Finding appropriate alcohol and drug treatment is essential in order to receive a professional care. A team of dedicated professionals is able to make the transformation of your life come true.

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