Conditions Treated

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

Chronic heavy drinking can cause long-lasting changes in the brain mechanisms that result in the need to drink more to ward off craving and other withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) medications that help balance brain chemistry, help reduce cravings, and block the pleasurable effects of alcohol, can free a person to focus on recovery. They can:

  • Lengthen periods of abstinence, which in turn can increase individual coping capacities necessary for long-term recovery;
  • Prevent a lapse from becoming a full-blown relapse;
  • Allow brain cells to readapt to a normal nonalcoholic state, helping patients think more clearly, have more positive emotional responses, and increase readiness for change;
  • Relieve symptoms of protracted withdrawal, and;
  • Support the effects of psychosocial treatment and sustain the gains of intervention


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FDA-approved medications for alcohol addiction are not addictive and generally have mild side effects, if prescribed and monitored carefully. Since the risk in using them is low, and they can make a difference for a patient who might otherwise relapse, they are an option well worth considering.

Avance Psychiatry offers medications such as long-acting injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol®), disulfiram (Antabuse®), oral naltrexone (Revia®), and acamprosate (Campral®) to assist in reducing heavy drinking and achieving abstinence. Topiramate (Topamax®), ondansetron (Zofran®) and baclofen are other medications that have been found to be effective in alcohol dependence in clinical research.

Individuals are encouraged to attend on-site individual counseling.

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