This may seem like an unlikely blog to talk about weight loss, but many people who are on anti craving medications such as Topamax (topiramate) are finding a surprise bonus. While using this medication to aide their efforts to either moderate or stop drinking, they are also losing weight!
Contrave: Awaiting FDA Approval
Another anti craving medication – Naltrexone – in combination with an anti depressant has just been approved by the FDA to assist in weight loss. The new drug Contrave is set for panel review in December 2010. This drug “targets behavior and reward pathways in the brain.” It combines an antidepressant Wellbutrin (buproprion) with Naltrexone, an opioid blocker used to treat alcoholism and opiate addiction. Contrave will address craving for food – it will also address craving for alcohol. Those using this weight loss drug will more than likely be inclined to drink less. Taking drinking out of the equation will lower their calorie count immediately because there are so many empty calories in alcohol.
Even though over eating and excessive drinking are both addictive behaviors, I think that the over eaters have it worse. No one can just stop eating, but it is very possible to stop drinking and to avoid people, places and things that trigger a relapse. Over eaters have to develop a relationship with food, and learn to live within moderate guidelines. Yet drinkers don’t have to have any relationship with alcohol in order to subsist. We can throw it out with the bathwater!
Debbie the Coach site is a resource for those wanting information and help for alcohol dependence. This site offers innovative solutions for people who have tried quitting on their own, or for those who have tried traditional methods and were unable to stop their addictive behavior.
Older Treatment Methods
Many people experiencing dependence to alcohol are looking for new ways to manage treatment, and are doing so long before their dependence becomes a serious chronic illness. Older treatment methods such as alcohol treatment centers, 12 step programs and hospitalization are often not viable options for many sufferers, who are looking for new and effective methods to either stop or moderate their drinking.
Your first inclination might be to talk to your doctor. General practitioners usually have little or no training in treating addiction and refer their patients to a 12-step program or to a specialist such as a psychiatrist.
Some people assume that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the only way to treat alcohol dependence. They may think that if a person does not join a 12 step group they are doomed to failure. This is not correct; there are many ways to manage alcohol dependence. You may not be comfortable with AA’s approach. Even though AA has helped millions of people, the spiritual experience needed for recovery may be uncomfortable, or you may have tried AA and found it was not for you.
Treatment centers are another option. However, you may not be able to take the time off work to go into such a center. Also, you may not want to go to a treatment center if your drinking is still moderate and has not escalated to severe alcoholism.
Newer Treatment Methods
The good news is that there is help out there that is both effective and confidential. I have designed a simple program that can be tailored to each person’s needs. This program can be done at your own pace, in your home, completely confidential, with your goals in mind. Using the latest research in anti-craving medications combined with my coaching techniques, clients are overcoming their alcohol addiction painlessly and without spending huge blocks of time.
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If drinking is becoming a problem and you require addiction management, Debbie the Coach offers new methods of alcohol treatment. Coaching sessions provide the newest techniques in the field of alcoholism and guide you gradually into addiction recovery. All life coaching is done via phone or Skype video.