Solving a public health problem
While there is a current epidemic of opioid addiction, alcohol consumption is responsible for more deaths in the United States. One in every 20 cancers is related to alcohol use. Alcohol addiction is a primary health problem and the evidence has shown is undertreated with FDA approved meds.
CS has created a program for treating alcoholism using these FDA meds to help patients find recovery. Our addiction specialists use three FDA-approved medications to help patients maintain sobriety. While we do not provide detox treatment for alcohol, we are happy to refer patients to any of our partner detoxification centers when needed.
In 2013, 16.6 million adults ages 18 and older had an alcohol use disorder, and about 1.3 million of them received treatment for their alcoholism at a specialized facility.
Vivitrol is an effective medication for alcohol treatment for three reasons:
- It eliminates the “high” that comes with alcohol use and lessens cravings for alcohol.
- It guards against relapse.
- It lessens the number of times that alcohol is consumed and the amount of alcohol consumed in people who take it.
- It helps people have more success in remaining alcohol free.
An effective medication to keep people from using alcohol because when they use alcohol after taking antabuse (disupheram), it causes a toxic reaction where people become very ill. Success with this medication usually requires a willing partner for the patient who can ensure the medication is taken daily.
While in the CleanSlate program, patients engage with us in a variety of evidence-based psychological and social treatments, including counseling time with providers. Some patients may need additional services from a mental health provider or intensive counseling programs, or sometimes even inpatient care. The CleanSlate staff can help those patients find an appropriate counselor or counseling program in the community.