Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a difficult disease to overcome, especially in a society where alcohol use is so prevalent. There is no easy way to overcome an alcohol abuse problem, but for those who are determined and motivated to get better, there is hope. When you are ready to beat your addiction, seeking treatment from a qualified center is a good starting point. The journey to recovery isn’t an easy one, but for alcoholics, there are medications available that can help you through treatment by easing strong cravings in addition to helping to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, there are medications available that can support your health by neutralizing damage in your body from alcohol abuse.

Medicines That Reduce Alcohol Cravings

If you are deemed a suitable patient to use these craving reduction medications by a health care professional, they may be a valuable addition to your treatment plan. 


If an addict has made a concerted effort to abstain from drinking, even if they were only successful for one day, Nalmefene can be used to assist their efforts. An effective drug that can aid a person to reduce consumption, it works in the brain by diminishing the appetite for alcohol. This is an especially helpful drug for heavy drinkers. When used in combination with other support aids such as counseling this drug can be very helpful for alcoholics.

Medications That Ease Cravings For AlcoholicsAcamprosate

Acamprosate otherwise known as Campral is helpful during the final stages of recovery. Once an alcoholic has stopped drinking and is working towards staying dry, this drug can manipulate specific chemicals in the brain to reduce cravings for alcohol. It is effective for up to 6 months.


Disulfiram will cause your body to react negatively when exposed to alcohol. You may experience chest pains or dizziness. These unpleasant reactions are what will help you abstain from drinking. This is a drug best used for recovering addicts who need extra support to not start up drinking again.


Naltrexone takes the fun out of drinking. It helps block the pleasure sensations which arise in the brain when alcohol is present. It can be used for longer periods, more than six months.


Detoxing from alcohol is a difficult process full of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepine will help manage these symptoms such as seizures.


Those that suffer from delirium tremens (DT) when initially checked into rehab will benefit from Lorazepam. DT is a strong side effect that some can suffer from during withdrawal and it is necessary that medical attention is provided for patients who experience DT. Lorazepam can help with the confusion, hallucinations, and, paranoia that DT causes.


Heavy drinkers will often have decreased thiamine in their system which, if not treated, will lead to brain damage and potentially death.

Alcohol Treatment Alternative Centers In Tennessee

It is highly advised that those who are motivated and ready to end their toxic relationship with alcohol seek qualified medical treatment. The medical detox and addiction alternative treatment center at Discovery Place offers a proven 12-step program along with safe, medical detox to help alcoholics overcome their addiction. Discovery Place’s Tennessee addiction alternative treatment center’s team of professionals care about helping you be successful during recovery. We are available to discuss your situation with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our Tennessee detox alternative treatment center at 1-800-725-0922. 




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