When most people think about treating alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12-step program are often the first or only solutions that spring to mind. Now, after years of research, there are some drugs that, combined with therapy, can aid in stopping alcohol addiction.
The New York Times recently published an article about the drugs used to curb alcohol cravings. It is important to remember, as the article points out, that these drugs, while a tool, are not an end-all solution to alcoholism. The article very aptly points out that
People drink compulsively for any number of reasons, from genetics to anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder. The pill that help[s one individual] get sober might do nothing for, say, a veteran who drinks to ward off nightmares.
Nevertheless, the search for drugs that can help with alcoholism has deepened, as doctors and society are both starting to treat alcohol as a chronic disease, rather than a character failure. With the myriad of reasons behind alcoholism and the varied personalities of people who suffer from it, it seems fitting to tailor one’s treatment to that individual.
As everyone who passes through Georgetown Ministry Center is unique, we as staff must use different approaches when working with each guest. There is always more than one way to reach a goal, and sometimes it takes many tries before finding the right one.