There is ultimately no cure for alcoholism. Instead, there is just treatment and recovery, and recovery can be ongoing for the entirety of an addict’s life. If you think a cure is remaining sober then maybe there is one after all, but just not in clear medical terms.
Suffering from an alcohol relapse is really common for those in alcohol recovery. This is because abstaining from alcohol takes a lot of mental energy and capability and stress in life can easily cause a relapse. Most people who are in recovery relapse at least once.
Medications For Treating Alcoholism
There are a few medications approved by the FDA for treatment. They are meant to treat different aspects of alcoholism in the recovery process.
You see when someone is addicted to alcohol that usually means their body has grown tolerant to alcohol. So they need more alcohol over time to get drunk because their body has gotten used to it. Drinking it consistently like that can lead to addiction, and if you are addicted, then you can feel withdrawal symptoms when you try and stop.
You can experience either severe or mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and that depends a lot on what you drink, how much you drink, and how often you drink. Your genetics and health history count into this as well.
Some medications can help treat withdrawal symptoms and other problems.
Some of the medications approved to treat alcoholism include:
– Acamprosate: This is a tablet that is meant to be taken orally at least three times a day. It is intended to help reduce alcohol cravings which can be what makes it hard for many people to quit drinking because the cravings can overpower everything. This drug can help the brain remember that it doesn’t need alcohol to exist, so it doesn’t make you want it. It doesn’t help with withdrawal sadly.
– Naltrexone: This is another medication that can help with cravings, the worst part of trying to quit an addiction. It’s meant to be a tablet you take about once a day. If you have liver problems, which is common with alcoholics, then you probably will not be prescribed this medication.
– Vivitrol- An injectable form of naltrexone that is slow release.
– Benzodiazepines: These can help with anxiety or irritability that may be felt because of withdrawal symptoms. It helps best with detox because it affects parts of the brain.
Do not use these drugs on your own, without the individual prescription of a doctor.