The journey to sobriety is unique for everyone. At NAMS, our team of addiction specialists provide a variety of treatments to help individuals overcome their alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is defined as a chronic condition, meaning it persists for a long period of time or causes recurrent issues. The primary treatment for alcoholism is to stop drinking alcohol altogether.
Even after ceasing alcohol consumption, many alcoholics still experience strong cravings. Medications are often prescribed after individuals have stopped drinking to prevent them from relapsing. This article will discuss the effectiveness of medications in treating alcohol dependence and alcohol use disorder, as well as the potential side effects. The FDA has identified the following side effects associated with medications used to treat alcohol dependence and alcohol use disorder.
Additional information was sourced from MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. While cirrhosis caused by excessive alcohol consumption is irreversible, quitting alcohol and living a healthier lifestyle can help the liver recover from alcohol-related liver disease.