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Despite Proven Efficacy, Drug to Treat Alcoholics Rarely Used

Less than 10 percent of those with alcohol problems are receiving treatment, but it’s not because there are no medications available. Naltrexone and acamprosate have been proven to successfully treat alcohol cravings, but doctors seem to be unaware of the usefulness of these drugs. According to the CDC, alcohol abuse is responsible for 88,000 deaths every year, and nearly 20 million Americans suffer from disorders of alcohol abuse. With the new Affordable Care Act, insurance providers will now be required to cover treatments for alcohol and drug abuse problems.


Read the article published in the New York Times.