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What we treat

Alcohol Use Disorder


 

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an estimated 16 million people in the United States have an AUD. AUD or “alcohol use disorder” is a medical diagnosis that is given when problem drinking has become severe. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, negative emotional state when not using, and loss of control over alcohol intake. If you believe that you have an alcohol use disorder, it’s important that you talk to your doctor to seek help. It is important that you consult a doctor who is familiar with all aspects of treatment of alcohol use disorder.  

 

Traditionally, a doctor would recommend treatment of AUD with tranquilizers such as Librium or Valium, combined with psychotherapy and counseling. It is surprising that many in the medical community are not familiar with Naltrexone, which has been available for decades. Naltrexone is an FDA approved medication which is underutilized, and most primary care physicians and psychiatrists are unfamiliar with it or not comfortable prescribing it. At MDProactive, we carefully screen patients and prescribe Naltrexone using The Sinclair Method Protocol. We recommend that before you request a consultation for treatment, you review the information on this site: https://www.cthreefoundation.org/home.html 


Identifying Alcohol Use Disorder


To assess whether you or someone you care about may have AUD, there are several questions that you can ask.  

  • Are you experiencing a craving or strong urge to drink alcohol?  
  • Have you had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than intended?  
  • Have you more than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking?  
  • Have you spent a lot of time drinking or being sick after?  
  • Have you found that drinking, or being sick from drinking, has interfered with taking care of your home and family? Or has caused school/work problems? 
  • Have you cut back or given up on activities that were important to you in order to spend more time drinking?  
  • Have you had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? 
  • Have you more than once gotten into a situation while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt? 
  • Have you found that when the effects of alcohol are wearing off that you have withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, nausea, sweating, or shakiness?  


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your drinking could be a cause for concern. The more symptoms you have the more urgent it is that you seek professional help.  


Naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorder


Naltrexone is a medication that is used to prevent people who abuse alcohol from drinking all together or drink less.  Naltrexone decreases the desire to drink alcohol when used with a treatment program that includes counseling, support, and lifestyle changes.  

 

Do you need to seek treatment for alcohol use disorder? Talk to one of our board-certified online doctors today about Naltrexone.  




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