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Title:Alcoholism Treatment OptionsWord Count:728Summary:Learn about 9 different treatment options available for alcoholics.Keywords:alcoholism, alcoholic, alcoholics, alcohol treatment centers, alcoholismtreatment, alcoholics anonymous, alcohol abuse treatmentArticle Body:MedicationsThe classical use of medications for alcoholism is to encourage abstinence.Antabuse (also known as disulfiram), for instance, prevents the elimination ofchemicals which cause severe discomfort when alcohol is ingested, effectivelypreventing the alcoholic from drinking in significant amounts while they takethe medicine. Heavy drinking while on antabuse can result in severe illness anddeath.Naltrexone has also been used because it helps curb cravings for alcohol whilethe person is on it. Both of these, however, have been demonstrated to cause arebound effect when the user stops taking them. These do allow a person toovercome psychological addictions to alcohol, but they do not treat theneurochemical addiction.In more recent studies it has been demonstrated that the use of naltrexone whilethe alcoholic continues to drink can result in extinction of the neurochemicaladdiction. Referred to as the "Sinclair Method", this technique is used with

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