Medications are used as a part of a professionally directed drug and alcohol treatment program in conjunction with a support system such as a 12 step program and holistic approaches such as amino acid supplementation designed to reduce cravings for alcohol and drugs. To learn more, see nutrition in the holistic approaches section.
Updated January 21, 2015
Recent genetic studies and technologies have improved our ability to monitor brain activity and have enabled a greater understanding of how the addictive brain behaves. These efforts have made it possible to develop more effective medications for treating addictions.