MAT for Alcohol Use Disorder
For individuals living with an alcohol use disorder, MAT alone is often not a cure. However, this treatment, when combined with other therapies including counseling, behavioral therapy and even a 12-step program, can be successful in helping a person overcome alcohol addiction.
Medications used to help treat alcohol use disorders include:
- Naltrexone – Works by blocking the effects of intoxication.
- Acamprosate – Is a medication for people in recovery who have already stopped drinking alcohol and want to avoid drinking. It works to prevent people from drinking alcohol, but it does not prevent withdrawal symptoms.
- Disulfiram – Treats chronic alcoholism. It is most effective in people who have already gone through detoxification or are in the initial stage of abstinence.
Learn more about these medications and how they work to treat chronic alcoholism here: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment#medications-used-in-mat