Baclofen is a drug which was created 50 years ago to help control seizures in those suffering with epilepsy. Baclofen eventually was used to as a treatment in other areas. The drug is now being given new life as a potential treatment for alcoholism.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has found that most Americans with untreated alcohol abuse disorders don’t realize they need treatment and don’t believe that treatment will help them.
One of many reasons that attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings helps people with alcohol use disorders stay sober appears to be alleviation of depression. A team of researchers has found that study participants who attended AA meetings more frequently had fewer symptoms of depression (along with less drinking) than did those with less AA[.....]
The advantages of the technology options available today continue to grow and have now expanded into treatment options for those with an alcohol problem. A recent Science Daily post examined an evaluation completed by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
At Sydney’s Odyssey House, a major Australian rehab center, alcohol has surpassed illicit drugs like heroin and crystal meth as the number one reason for admissions. Twenty-six percent of those seeking treatment in 2009 named alcohol as their principle drug of concern.
With the increase in substance abuse and dependency among soldiers, the Army is trying out a program allowing soldiers who have no alcohol-related blemishes on their records to seek treatment for alcohol abuse or addiction anonymously. In addition, the treatment will not affect soldiers’ permanent records.
A synthetic derivative of the kudzu vine was found to reduce drinking and prevent relapse, Science Daily reports. Kudzu and its extracts and flowers have been used in traditional Chinese folk medicine to treat alcoholism for about 1,000 years. Kudzu contains daidzin, an anti-drinking substance that inhibits human aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH-2), which metabolizes alcohol[.....]
The slumping economy is not the only thing that has changed this summer as compared to last. Communities throughout the United States are reporting increases in those individuals seeking help at alcohol treatment facilities and administrators are blaming the weak economy. In New Mexico treatment facilities alone, hikes have been seen as high as 75[.....]