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Alcohol Addiction Treatments

There are a number of medications available for treating alcohol dependence. One medication, Antabuse, useful for some, employs negative reinforcement for its effectiveness- it will cause people to become ill if they were to consume any alcohol. Another medication, acamprosate, (Campral) acts on receptors that alcohol acts upon, thereby reducing the urge to drink.

Daily Naltrexone and once-per-month Vivitrol injection block opiate receptors that are involved in the pleasurable, reinforcing aspects of alcohol. Neurontin and Topamax are other medications which are effective in fighting alcohol dependency through their action on a different receptor. There are many options that are effective, especially when combined with counseling.