Addiction in families can put a strain on relationships, and alcoholism is one disease that has the power to tear loved ones apart. Drug rehab centers have been able to help individuals overcome their dependency to alcohol, but new research shows that a certain type of medication may be able to curb alcohol cravings during detoxification.
A study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that alcoholics with a certain set of genes responded positively to medication containing ondansetron, which is commonly found in medication used to reduce nausea.
More than 280 individuals participated in the research, which took place over the course of 11 weeks. Alcoholics who received the medication consumed fewer drinks throughout the time span. They were also downgraded from the category of heavy drinkers.
Bankole Johnson, the lead author of the study, said that genotyping is becoming less expensive and more effective in treating addiction. The process has also shown positive results in treating mental illnesses, such as depression.
Approximately 52 percent of Americans age 18 or older were regular drinkers in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab centers can help individuals detoxify over time.