Alcoholism is one of the biggest causes of deaths that could be prevented worldwide and it is a very tricky, confusing and strong disease.
The fact that many people don't even understand how they find themselves addicted to alcohol is a major part of the problem. The bitter truth that each individual reacts differently to alcohol is difficult for some people to accept.
Intense cravings they feel is one of the most common symptoms of an alcoholic.
These are nothing like the cravings you'd have for food.
The alcoholic craves for alcohol when he or she is not drinking, and then they crave for even more before in spite of finishing their first drink. They are thinking about finding another drink at the very same moment while they are drinking their first one. The result is often an attempt at different ways of controlling the drinking with most attempts failing or proving unsustainable.
A while back, a medicine known as Naltrexone was developed 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. The mind believes that alcohol is being introduced to the system since these receptors are being occupied.
Originally the medication wasn't created to help alcoholics recover from addiction though. It was created with the idea to give it to alcoholics to help them get their drinking under controls, but the results weren't satisfying. 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.
However, the fixation that a real alcoholic feels is far too powerful which makes them unable to control their drinking when they take this medication. The medication requires to be taken about one or two hours before you start drinking but many addicts cannot stick to this rule because they usually drink at any time.
Changing your reactions to different situations is the most effective way to reduce your cravings, which are also known as "triggers".
This is known as CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is regularly applied by the top rehab facilities worldwide. The body and mind begin to crave for alcohol when you experience various thoughts, sights, sounds, situations and emotions and therefore, your first reaction is to head for a drink.
The best method to overcome your cravings for alcohol is to take sobriety one day at a time until the cravings eventually begin to disappear. You'll need to find out that you cannot drink no matter what, and this may seem like a tall order at first, but it will get easier. Look for things that will keep you busy after you decide that you won't drink that day. Your brain will start to modify its initial response to the various triggers of everyday life, whether you occupy it by some new hobby, or by talking with someone you care about.