Alcoholism is a serious illness that is tricky and confusing with the notoriety of being among the top causes of deaths that can be prevented worldwide.
A lot of people that have become addicted to alcohol can't see how they became addicted to it and that is a big issue. Confronting hard realities of life can be difficult and make you react distinctly to alcohol than other people within their lives.
The extreme urge to drink or cravings is one of the signs that you're addicted to alcohol.
These are nothing like the cravings you'd have for food.
Even though alcoholics experience cravings when they are not taking a drink, the cravings are much more intense when they start drinking. They're immediately obsessing about where the next one is coming from right from the moment they take their first drink. This leads to many failing or short-lasting techniques they develop to get their drinking under control.
In not so distant past, there was a medication known as Naltrexone made by a doctor.
Naltrexone is used to curb cravings in people addicted to alcohol and opiates in certain rehab centres. There are receptors in the brain that are most commonly stimulated by opiates and alcohol and this medication attaches itself to them. By keeping the receptors engaged, the mind is tricked into responding in the same manner it would when alcohol is in the system.
However, this drug wasn't developed to treat alcohol addiction in the first place. Allowing the alcoholics to control their drinking was the original purpose to give this medication, but the results were not as expected. People who are suffering from alcoholism find the medication ineffective because they will not be able to consume the quantity of alcohol which they normally would do when they decide to go out with friends to a bar or a party.
While taking this medication moderating the drinking is nearly impossible for those who are true alcoholics because the obsession is far too strong. The medication must be had before and hour or two, but this is considered as a luxury by most alcoholics because they often drink without having any plans to do so.
The most efficient approach to reducing cravings is to change the way you react to various circumstances that are also referred to as triggers.
This is known as CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is regularly applied by the top rehab facilities worldwide. When you face different ideas, sights, circumstances, sounds and feelings your body and brain start craving alcohol and your initial reaction is to get a drink.
Taking one step at a time when you try to achieve sobriety is the best way to deal with your cravings and they will gradually begin to fade. You will have to understand that you mustn't drink in any situation, and this will gradually get easier even if it might feel like a big deal at first. Look for things that will keep you busy after you decide that you won't drink that day. Whether it's taking up some type of hobby or calling a friend or family member, your brain will begin to change it's initial reaction to the different triggers of everyday life.