Nowadays you have quite a large selection of treatments that work for alcohol dependence. There are certain categories that these treatments are broken down into like education and support to quit drinking, medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms and stop alcohol cravings, and professional counseling to support relationship issues. These you may say are the traditionally used methods but something new has just come onto the market branded as chemical Revia [formerly Trexan], Vivitrolnaltrexone. The most common way to administer the drug is by injection on a monthly basis, although it is now available in tablet form. The way Naltrexone works is by confusing the part of the brain that is responsible for making us feel good while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. It basically numbs the pleasure effect that alcohol gives us and can be either taken on its own or as a combination drug with other alcohol dependence drugs. The best results seen through the use of Naltrexone is when combined with counseling. Recent studies have also shown that Naltrexone will significantly reduces the risk of relapse after you have managed to stop drinking. When it comes to men who have a long track record of alcohol dependence this treatment is not so effective. As with the majority drugs there are possible side effects and Naltrexone may cause dizziness, nausea and fatigue as well as headaches and the tendency to feel sleepy, anxious, or nervous. You really need to go and see your Doctor if you would like to try this or any other treatment that is related to alcohol dependency. If you need any additional support you should take a look at the blog linked below as you will be able to see what other people feel about this new drug and how it has worked for them.