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Jeremy Miller credits drug implant for recovery from alcoholism

“Growing Pains” actor Jeremy Miller recently credited FDA-approved drug naltrexone’s long-lasting implant for overcoming his alcohol cravings and attaining successful recovery. Sharing his experience with FOX Business’ Stuart Varney, Miller said that he had been struggling with alcoholism for 15 years, and spent at least three years trying to come out of it, but nothing helped. But the new treatment “was an absolute game changer,” he said.

With the help of a minimally invasive medical procedure, a small pellet of the drug was placed in the left or right quadrant and over a period of few months, the drug started releasing from that pellet. Over time, it helps in curbing cravings and euphoria induced by opioids and alcohol.

Miller started drinking at the age of 19 and by the time he turned 21, there was no looking back. He couldn’t spend a day without alcohol. He tried everything from inpatient and outpatient care to meditation and holistic healing therapies at good alcohol abuse centers, but to no avail. He even took the famous 12-step approach to addiction for alcohol abuse disorder, but didn’t succeed. In 2011, he decided to get the implant and started feeling better only after a couple of hours of using it. He no longer felt a strong urge to have alcohol. “It was like a light switch got turned off for me,” Miller said. He did feel a little restless in the initial days but didn’t report any side effects of the drug, and credited its sustained release mechanism for the same. Since using the pellet, he has been able to wake up with a purpose. It is estimated that the implant has a success rate of almost 80 percent, if people also choose to take support therapies concomitantly.

Ways to cut down alcohol consumption

Heavy or binge drinking can affect a person physically as well as psychologically, therefore, it is important to arrest the problem in time and take the necessary action. Given below are some of the ways to help a person curtail his/her drinking habit:

  • One should set realistic goals as going cold turkey may backfire. It’s best to cut down gradually.
  • One shouldn’t stack any alcoholic beverages at home.
  • One can think about maintaining a journal of the number of drinks a person has on everyday basis as it can give an idea about the drinking patterns.
  • No one should drink on empty stomach as that leads to faster accumulation of alcohol in the bloodstream.
  • It is advisable to drink a glass of water between every two alcoholic drinks to prevent severe dehydration.
  • It’s better to stay away from triggers like people, places, things and events that might compel a person to grab a drink.
  • One should strive to keep calm by doing yoga, meditation and other activities of interest. A nutritious diet also plays an important role in nourishing the mind and body.
  • For any help, one should be in touch with one or two support groups.

Road to recovery

While enough has been said and done about opioid addiction, alcohol addiction is still an area that people do not like to delve into, as drinking is deep-rooted in most cultures. Not everyone gets addicted to alcohol, but many who do get dependent on it, often fail to seek treatment due to stigma or lack of knowledge about the problem. Alcohol addiction is real and needs to be professionally treated.

If you know someone battling an addiction to alcohol, don’t hesitate getting professional intervention. Get in touch with the 24/7 Recovery Helpline to gain information on some of the best alcohol abuse treatment centers offering a wide variety of programs for long-lasting recovery. You can call our 24/7 helpline (855) 441-4405 or chat online with an expert to know about various alcohol addiction treatment options.

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