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    Substance Abuse and Addiction - Medications

    Medicines can be used to help treat alcohol abuse and dependence. Some medicines reduce withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. Other medicines help you stay sober during the long process of recovery.

    Medicines for withdrawal

    Medicines most often used to treat withdrawal symptoms during detoxification include:

    Medicines for recovery

    Medicines used to help you stay sober during recovery include:

    Vitamins and supplements

    Alcohol abuse can cause your body to become low in certain vitamins and minerals, especially thiamine (vitamin B1). You might need to take thiamine supplements to improve your nutrition during recovery. Thiamine helps prevent Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which causes brain damage.

    You also might need supplements to help replace fluids and electrolytes.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 26, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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