Medical management of the physical aspects of addiction is one of the advantages of inpatient treatment. Using prescription drugs in conjunction with treatment increases recovery success rate to 50%.
Medications can be used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms in order to avoid relapse or to create a negative physical reaction to alcohol that helps eliminate the desire to drink. The following drugs are commonly used in alcohol detox and recovery:
Acamprosate is a drug that is used to treat alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Naltrexone is a medication that is used to reduce cravings for alcohol as well as its pleasurable effects.
Vivitrol is a Naltrexone extended-release formulation.
When alcohol is consumed, disulfiram has severe negative effects.