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My late wife worked in addiction therapy for many years.  Alcohol addiction was often more difficult to treat than heroin and she become more and more convinced of the need for holistic methods including family support, peer support, alternative therapies (acupuncture, Reiki, etc.), drug substitution (methadone) together with training and employment programmes designed to build up self-esteem and self-sufficiency. The centre she built up has ended up having a very good success rate, but it often takes years - and yes it does take will-power and the active participation of the client and support of his/her family.  To my knowledge there never was a particularly effective pharmaceutical solution - or at least one which worked in isolation.  I doubt whether Nalmefene is a magic bullet either, but anything which improves on the very limited options currently available has to be a good thing.  When is it likely to become generally available?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Dec 31st, 2010 at 11:36:10 AM EST

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