After patients are medically stabilized through detox, they should undergo a thorough and comprehensive course of behavioral rehab to help them recognize and cope with the origins and sustaining factors of their alcohol addiction. Rehab generally includes group therapy, individualized counseling and supplemental therapies to give patients a well-rounded and comprehensive recovery experience. There are also several medications that have been approved for the treatment of alcohol use disorder:
Most effective in people who have already gone through detoxification or are in the initial stage of abstinence.
For people who have already stopped drinking alcohol and want to avoid drinking. It works to prevent people from drinking alcohol, but it does not prevent withdrawal symptoms after people drink alcohol.
Naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. This allows people with alcohol addiction to reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment and on track to recovery.