NEW YORK, NY – Those who seek treatment for alcohol addiction usually wind up at an AA meeting or fancy rehab center to kick their addictions. But that’s old school; today’s addicts can skip the meetings and pop a pill!
The Journal of American Medical Association recently found that four drugs: Acamprosate, Naltrexone, Topiramate and Nalmefene can actually change the way an addict’s brain works to help them quit drinking or drink a lot less.
Only 10% of alcoholics are actually prescribed the medications that curb the alcohol craving.
So why do so few people get prescriptions for alcohol treatment?
The short answer is a lot of doctors just don’t know about these meds.
Not to mention many doctors end up shipping their addict patients off to drug counseling programs, AA meetings and other places that often can’t prescribe medication.
With close to 18 million Americans suffering from alcoholism, these drugs have the potential to save a lot of lives.
So come on, doctors get with the program and get out those prescription pads! Get your alcoholic patients hooked on pills instead!