Alcohol Treatment Medications October 31st, 2019 The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake
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Alcohol Treatment Medications

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Recovering from an alcohol use disorder presents challenges from the start and throughout the recovery process. From the initial withdrawal phases to the continuing battle with cravings, the symptoms of alcohol addiction can be intense.

Though obstacles abound, now more than ever there are ways to better cope with challenges during long-term addiction recovery from alcohol addiction.

One evidence-based way to better handle any substance use disorder is through the assistance of a professional addiction treatment program.  There are supplemental recovery tools to use in conjunction with your addiction treatment, including various Colorado addiction treatment resources and a few common medications used for alcohol addiction treatment.

Such medications can be an effective way to make the transition from withdrawal to inpatient treatment easier and can be incorporated into your recovery program. Some of the more popular medications include:

  • Acamprosate/Campral: This medication is designed to help you control the alcohol cravings that result from your brain reacting to the alcohol use disorder. Cravings are one of the most challenging elements of withdrawal from an alcohol use disorder while in professional addiction treatment. The use of this medication can help prevent the distraction of cravings and allow for more focus on group and individual therapies.
  • Naltrexone/Revia: While Acamprosate or Campral is best used while already in recovery from an alcohol use disorder, naltrexone can help you start the road to recovery even while you are still in the throes of substance misuse. This medication can prevent your brain from getting a positive reaction, or high, from consuming alcohol. The medication can help to facilitate your transition into recovery.
  • Disulfiram/Antabuse: Like naltrexone, disulfiram is best suited for someone who deals with an alcohol use disorder to ease the move toward recovery. If a person consumes alcohol while taking disulfiram, also known as Antabuse, they may start to feel ill and could possibly even begin vomiting as a result. This takes the effect of naltrexone one step further. In addition to nullifying the high, this medication will create a powerful negative effect.

Using medication alone will not adequately create a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Professional addiction treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient, can be included in a recovery plan, along with other tools like peer support. With the assistance of all of these tools, people can be better prepared to handle an alcohol use disorder.

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No matter what your approach may be to seeking help, the most important thing is that help is sought. You do not have to face a substance use disorder alone.  Contact The Recovery Village Palmer Lake any time of the day to begin your recovery. A team of medical professionals is trained to treat alcohol use disorders to help you make a positive, long-lasting life change.

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