Is there medication for alcohol dependency?
- Jennifer Baxt LMHC,LMFT, NCC, DCC
- Substance Abuse
There are so many people in North America that abuse a substance, many of whom refuse to get the help they need for various different reasons. Some believe that they dont deserve to help themselves and feel they are destined to continue down the path that fate has apparently chosen for them. There are some people who refuse to get help because they are unable to accept that they have a problem that they need to get help for. Then, there are others who are unaware of the help that is available to them. While there is still much about the brain that is not understood, there are therapists who can help people with addictions to fight those addictions. There are also many different medications available to help people fighting their addictions to become independent of the drug they are addicted to.
Alcohol dependency can be one of the more difficult to treat. Alcohol is an acceptable social drug that most people will partake in at parties, different social functions, or even on a romantic evening. When people develop a dependency on the alcohol, they can be in denial that they have a problem. Others around them, such as family and friends, might try to help them out of it, but as the problem continues they start to disappear. Many alcoholics dont seek help, remain in their denial, lose everything they have and eventually become isolated from their previous life. Some are even given the option to get help; they talk to therapists, counselors and psychiatrists who offer their help, but the individual turns them down instead of listening to them and opening themselves up to the help that is offered.
For a person to get out of their dependency, they first have to realize that they have a problem. They then have to get the help that they need. There are skilled therapists and counselors who can help a person who wants help, and there are also medications out there that can act as a crutch to help them get through the treatment until they gain control of themselves and get out of their dependency. Disulfiram, also referred to as antabuse, is one medication that is available to people fighting an addiction to alcohol. This particular medication is only a temporary treatment in most cases that is used while seeing a therapist or a counselor. What is does is cause an acute sensitivity to alcohol. This means that when the person is taking the medication, if they have a drink they feel nauseous and sick.
Anyone who believes they are suffering from a dependency on alcohol should seek help as soon as possible. The sooner they get help, the more chance they have in fighting their addiction. Many people avoid seeking help from a therapist or counselor in person because they feel a little uneasy, nervous or self-conscious about it. Online therapy is available to people who would rather communicate with a therapist or counselor in a more discreet manner. An online therapist will work with the patient to get away from their dependency and also deal with the possible reasons why someone has become dependent. An online therapist or counselor will also be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns about disulfiram or any other medication someone might be thinking of taking.