Saturday, 22 March 2008
Antabuse (disulfiram ) is a drug taken by addicts to aid the fight against alcoholism. The intake of alcohol after taking antabuse affects the person whereas it would induce nausea, vomiting, palpatations ,sweating and shortness of breath. Now there is an implant that sits just under the surface of the skin and allows for a regular dosage to be released. This would seem a better option for those who forget to take the tablet form or give into their craving. The regulated dose prevents the body from metabolising any alcohol that is ingested. Imported from Europe there are 100 of the devices at Addiction Treatment and Psychology Services, Sydney. If the implant is a proven success and with such massive advertising programs detailing the pitfalls of alcohol and its abuse, then perhaps it can be made available at a subsidised rate to those in need. Medical cost and the impact on society as well as on a personal level that alcoholism has, would be lessened no doubt. Addiction to alcohol is an illness but the sufferers would have to want the help and/or hit rock bottom to do so. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.