Alcoholism is traditionally treated with counseling alone. However, there are two drugs that have proven effective in treating the disease. They have been underutilized simply because many doctors aren’t aware of them.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reaffirmed the effectiveness of natrexone and acamprosate after analyzing 122 trials that used the drugs to treat alcohol abuse over the last few decades. The trials included 23,000 test subjects.
The data showed that one of every 20 people were able to quit drinking when prescribed natrexone in addition to counseling. One of every 13 people stopped drinking when the treatment regimen included acamprosate.