The basis of Stop At Two’s treatment program is medication. Stop At Two uses FDA-approved medications to curb a patient’s cravings for alcohol. These medications are proven to significantly reduce cravings and consequently lead to less alcohol consumption in most patients. In general, a person is able to stop drinking completely or drink small amounts of alcohol, but not to excess.
There are several FDA-approved medications that Stop At Two uses, as well as other medications that can also lead to less alcohol consumption. Some of these medications include naltrexone, acamprosate and Antabuse. Naltrexone even comes as a once-a-month injection or as an every-two-month implant just under the skin. Many of our patients choose to utilize insurance to pay for the monthly injection. There are also several medications that we use for alcohol use disorders that have not been FDA-approved for this specific purpose. These medications include gabapentin, baclofen and topiramate.
Some patients may feel that the amount of alcohol consumed is dangerous, and this may be the case. Stop At Two can help determine this and also has an outpatient alcohol detoxification program to assist patients who are consuming very large amounts of alcohol. To discontinue drinking without a detoxification program can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Alcohol withdrawal can include seizures, delirium tremens (DTs) and even death. It is important to be in a treatment program for severe alcohol use disorders.
While the medications work for the majority of people, they are not always as effective on their own. This is why a large part of Stop At Two’s program involves brief interventional counseling services. While not required, counseling does improve a patient’s success with alcohol moderation and is highly encouraged. A patient can obtain brief interventional services through Stop At Two, or a patient may have his or her own therapist.