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.