Alcohol Detox Center Brookings SD

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

First Step Counseling Servs/Brookings
7020 Sunset Road,
Brookings, SD57006
(605) 693-3629
www.takeyourfirststep.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

Specializing in DUI/DWI offenders

First Step Counseling was established in 1983 by Lou Ann Solem and the late Kent Solem, Certified Chemical Dependency professionals.
Our mission is the diagnosis and treatment of abuse and dependency related to alcohol and drugs as well as addressing the thinking
errors associated with chemical dependency. We believe that alcoholism and drug addiction should be treated as a health issue rather
than a moral issue, and our outpatient program allows individuals to remain in their homes and continue with their jobs and family life.
First Step is fully accredited by the State of South Dakota Department of Human Services. First Step is committed to providing:
confidential, professional, caring and prompt service
a focus on physical, mental, spiritual, social and emotional well-being
programs designed to achieve individual and family wholeness
counselors and staff who are dedicated to honesty, compassion and professionalism
low-cost, community based programs designed to meet our clients’ needs

Monthly Shot Could Help Fight Alcohol Addiction

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Monthly shot could help fight alcohol addiction

Kafi Drexel

Friday, February 08, 2008

It''s an uphill battle many alcoholics struggle with: resisting the craving to drink. While it''s certainly no cure, some doctors say a monthly shot could help more alcohol-dependent patients fight the urge.

“Vivitrol is an injectable form of a medicine known as Naltrexone. Naltrexone is available in oral form, but this is an injectable form, which is given to the patient once-a-month for several reasons: to increase compliance, so patients don''t have to worry about taking the pill; and it delivers a level of drug, which is really very adequate for dealing with alcohol issues,” says Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Dr. Steven Lamm.

Using a drug to treat addiction may seem ironic, but doctors say it can work. How? The drug blocks the brain receptor that may associate reward benefits with drinking. There are other drugs to help with alcohol addiction, but they have to be taken daily, and often with pretty harsh side effects like sweating, vomiting, and rapid heart beat.

Doctors say the once-a-month injectable cuts down on that. One patient says she wouldn''t call the shot a miracle drug, but it''s the only thing that''s helped her with 15 years of addiction.

“It''s been very helpful. I haven’t been drinking as much. I don''t drink every day. I used to before I took Vivitrol and when I do drink, I drink a lot less than I used to,” says the recovery alcoholic, who asked to remain anonymous.

While the shot doesn''t necessarily stop alcoholics from drinking, doctors say being able to dramatically reduce the amount of heavy drinking days for patients has a huge impact on physical and emotional health.

“Our belief has been that abstinence is the goal for alcoholism and I believe that myself, but at this point I am at least satisfied my patients are drinking significantly less,” says Dr. Lamm. “When they are drinking less there quality of life and t...

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