Research to practice: adoption of naltrexone in alcoholism treatment.

  title={Research to practice: adoption of naltrexone in alcoholism treatment.},
  author={Cindy Parks Thomas and Stanley S. Wallack and Sue Kyoung Lee and Dennis McCarty and Robert V. Swift},
  journal={Journal of substance abuse treatment},
  volume={24 1},
Naltrexone, a prescription medication, was approved in December 1994 as an adjunct to counseling in treatment of alcoholism and alcohol abuse, representing the first new medication for alcoholism in several decades. Initial controlled trials indicated that it is effective in preventing relapse, while later trials show mixed results. Although many physicians and others treating alcoholism have found naltrexone to be very helpful in treatment, it is still a technology that has not been used… CONTINUE READING