Thanks for writing to us.
I can understand your concern for your mother's health.
There are anti-craving drugs and deterrent drugs which help to reduce/stop alcohol use problem.
There is systematic procedure which has to be followed once the patient is treated for alcohol addiction and this needs to be done under thr supervision of a doctor so patient is generally admitted in the hospital.
Patient is detoxified from effects of alcohol in this step which includes treating the patient's withdrawal symptoms too. This includes giving I V fluids , multivitamins , benzodiazepines. This may take 3 to 6 days depending on amount and duration of alcohol consumption.
2) starting anti craving/deter-rant drugs:
Deter-rant drug like Disulfiram is given only after fully signed consent form by doctor,relatives and patient.
The purpose is to produce a reaction which causes discomfort to patient due to the interaction of alcohol and disulfiram so that patient doesn't take alcohol again.
Anti-craving drugs like Acamprosate, Naltrexone helps the patient to stop craving of alcohol as they reduce pleasure obtained from alcohol.
Other drugs that are useful for alcohol de-addiction are:
These drugs should not be taken without prescription of medical practitioner and whole process of deaddiction should be done under surveillance of doctor otherwise it can cause serious health issues.
Hope this helps.
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