Alcohol Dependence and Addiction
Like other drugs, heavy alcohol use can lead to tolerance, dependence, and even abuse, which may require treatment. Patients that abuse alcohol experience severe withdrawals, including dangerous ‘delirium tremens’ (DTs) which is marked by confusion, shivering, sweating, irregular heartbeat, and even seizures. Harmful drinking may be reduced or eliminated with a combination of medication, counseling, and peer support.
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
Harmful drinking may be reduced or even eliminated with a combination of medication, counseling, and peer support. Pathway Healthcare’s proprietary approach, MAT Plus®, addresses alcohol use disorder at all levels using a holistic, multi-disciplined approach that incorporates medical and behavioral therapies. By combining medication-assisted treatment and focused, patient-specific counseling in the outpatient setting, MAT Plus® packages the latest evidence-based treatments for alcohol abuse to produce the best outcomes.
Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder
Medication options for Alcohol Use Disorder are Vivitrol, Naltrexone, and Acamprosate, in combination with a comprehensive alcohol treatment program, be useful in the treatment of alcohol abuse. These medications are FDA-approved and work on various aspects of alcohol dependence or abuse; some are helping with cravings, some euphoric blocking effects of alcohol to dissuade future consumption.