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Public Health Officials Urge Doctors to Consider Medications to Treat Alcohol Addiction

Public health officials are urging doctors to consider prescribing medications to treat alcohol addiction, NPR reports. The drugs can be used alongside or in place of peer-support programs. “We want people to understand we think AA is wonderful, but there are other options,” said George Koob, Director of the National…

Monthly Injections of Anti-Abuse Drug Help Homeless Alcoholics Reduce Drinking

Monthly injections of the anti-abuse drug naltrexone, coupled with counseling, can help homeless alcoholics reduce their drinking, a new study suggests. The researchers found 33 percent of study participants had decreases in alcohol craving; 25 percent reduced the amount of alcohol consumed on a typical day; 34 percent reduced the…

Medications to Help People Stop Drinking Rarely Prescribed

A new study finds two medications that can help people quit drinking are rarely used. The drugs, naltrexone and acamprosate, could be helping many thousands of people, the researchers say. The drugs reduce alcohol cravings. They have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating alcoholism for more…