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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Two Medications Good for Sobriety


Traveling down the road to recovery is often rocky, one filled with many trials and tribulations. Everyone who seeks recovery works toward the same goal, however, the experience of getting sober varies from one case to the next. There are a number of patients who require the assistance of medications to aid them in them in their recovery. Certain medications have showed a lot of promise when it comes to sobering up from alcohol addiction, and more and more doctors are endorsing the use of prescription aids when it comes to sobriety.

Inpatient treatment is the best choice when it comes to long term recovery from substance abuse. However, the are a number of alcoholics who would like to avoid treatment for whatever reason and studies have shown that two medications used to treat alcoholism are a good first option.

An analysis of two different studies looked at acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone (ReVia), Reuters reports. The two may be helpful for people in different stages of recovery, because they have different effects on the brain, researchers reported in the journal Addiction.

64 trials of the two drugs were observed by researchers, including a total of 11,000 people. Acamprosate was found to be better for people who were not current drinkers help stay sober. Naltrexone showed to be more effective in helping people cut back on heavy drinking and curb their cravings for the substance.

Researchers noted that the two medications were more effective when used after participants had not been drinking for at least a few days before starting treatment, or had been through a detox program, the article noted.

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