There are many different types of treatment for alcohol addiction. Behavioral treatments help you understand and change addictive patterns. Medications can help you stop drinking and prevent relapses. And support groups help you stay focused on your sobriety by connecting with others in similar situations.
Behavioral Treatments and Therapy for Alcohol Addiction
Medication for Alcohol Addiction
There are three FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol abuse. You cannot take any of these drugs if you are still drinking. But once you have stopped drinking, these drugs can help you maintain your sobriety.
- Antabuse (disulfiram) creates unpleasant effects when you consume alcohol. It deters you from drinking by making you feel sick. Most people throw up after taking a single drink of alcohol when they are on this medication.
- Revia or Depade (naltrexone) blocks the positive feelings you get from drinking alcohol. When combined with therapy, this drug can reduce cravings and decrease relapse rates. Vivitrol is an extended-release injectable version that you take monthly. These medications can also treat opioid abuse.
- Campral (acamprosate) makes you feel more comfortable when you quit drinking. It reduces physical and emotional distress.
During detox, your doctor may recommend other drugs. Anti-anxiety medication can reduce anxiety or help with insomnia. Some people need to take anti-seizure meds or antipsychotics when they stop drinking.
Many people drink to self-medicate mental illness. If you are diagnosed with a mental illness, you will learn more effective coping mechanisms. You may also receive medicine to help.
Where Do You Receive Treatment for Alcohol Addiction?
Many people start with detoxing from alcohol and transition into an inpatient treatment setting. Then, they continue their treatment on an outpatient basis as they ease back into their lives.
At Bedrock Recovery Center, we offer many types of treatment for alcohol addiction. We understand that you are a unique person and we won’t offer a one-size approach. We tailor a treatment plan just for you. Reach out today — we can help you.