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Alcoholism is a serious problem, but treatment can be tricky, too. Can a monthly injection help curb the urge to drink?
Approximately 8 million adults in the United States are alcohol dependent. This chronic disease can lead to myriad health problems, including liver failure, but detoxing from alcohol abuse can be difficult and dangerous as well. That’s why it’s important to detox under the supervision of a doctor or health professional, preferably in an inpatient treatment program where emotional issues and any co-occurring disorders can be addressed simultaneously.
There are also substances that can be used for a limited time to help in the initial stages of abstinence. The drug Vivitrol, previously used as an alternative to Suboxone or methadone for opioid addiction, has been said to make the alcohol detox process easier, although its benefit to risk ratio is debated. Vivitrol is administered as a once monthly injection instead of being taken as a daily pill.
Now and then there are new methods on the market like Vivitrol use for alcohol withdrawal, but it is up to patients and addiction professionals to decide which methods are best for addiction treatment. Despite what products may help or possibly hinder one’s recovery, there is no wonder drug that can cure addiction. Recovery is a daily process that takes ongoing work, and alcohol dependent patients who participate actively in rehab programs such as therapy and counseling may reduce the number of days they drink each month and the number of drinks they consume. Drugs like Vivitrol may alleviate some symptoms but can easily present their own side effects. It is important for patients to talk to rehab specialists about the right options for their recovery.
If someone you love is battling a dependence on alcohol, call The Oaks at La Paloma at our toll-free number. Someone is there to take your call 24 hours a day and answer any questions you have about alcohol addiction treatment, financing or insurance.
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