Medications to Treat Alcoholism Term Paper by Nicky

Medications to Treat Alcoholism
A look at medications that could treat alcoholism.
# 149195 | 1,095 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper explores and analyzes whether there are any effective medications that aid in treating alcoholism. According to the paper, several medications are available of varying degrees of effectiveness, but in recent years new drugs, based on the neurobiological functions of the body, have been developed that may show promise. The paper includes a literature review, which using four different sources, reveals the latest research findings about these newer drugs to determine if any of them show signs of being able to effectively treat alcohol dependence. The literature review cites various experts in the field of pharmacological treatment of alcoholism, citing clinical trials and recommendations of certain drugs. The paper concludes by noting the importance of drug treatment of alcoholism to nursing. It also states that more research is necessary in the pharmacological treatment of alcoholism, yet there are many effective drugs on the market today.


Literature Review
Quality of Literature Researched
Affectivity of Current Drugs

From the Paper:

'Important as it is to discuss the literature, it is more important that the literature utilized is of a quality that can yield useful results. So we will briefly explore that subject, with the thought in mind that the combination of sources used may be helpful in giving some constructive results vs., for example, using all double-blind trials as our references.
"Willenbring and Gitlow's debate on this subject brings into question their qualifications that allow us to trust their arguments and expertise. Dr. Gitlow is board-certified in addiction and forensic psychiatry, and is the Executive Director of the Annenberg Physician Training Program in addictive diseases. He has taught at Harvard, Brown and Dartmouth, and is currently the chairman of the AMA's Action Team on Alcohol and Health. Dr. Willenbring is Director of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism along with several other long-term qualifications in the alcoholism field."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gitlow, S., & Willenbring, M. (2008). Are medications that reduce risk of drinking, or heavydrinking, or that promote abstinence, of value in the treatment of alcohol dependence? American Journal on Addictions (peer-reviewed) , 17(1), 1-5, doi:10.1080/10550490701756047.
  • Kranzler, H. (2006). Medications to treat heavy drinking. Are we there yet? Addiction (peer-reviewed) , 101(2), 153-154, doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2006.01324.x.
  • Richardson, K., Reid, S., Baillie, A., Morley, K., Teesson, M., Sannibale, C., et al. (2008). Do acamprosate or naltrexone have an effect on daily drinking by reducing craving for alcohol? Addiction , (peer-reviewed), 103(6), 953-959, doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02215.x.
  • Tambour, S., & Quertemont, E. (2007). Preclinical and clinical pharmacology of alcohol dependence. Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (peer reviewed) , 21(1), 9-28, doi:10.1111/j.1472-8206.2006.00459.x.

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Medications to Treat Alcoholism (2011, November 29) Retrieved September 29, 2022, from

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