Yes in the sense that you get used to not drinking, and thus build your arsenal of coping and alternative living/activity mechanisms. But no in the longer term sense. Antabuse is aversion therapy; you're abstaining under threat of the worst physical nightmare imaginable, right? That's not the same as abstaining because you've found real life reasons not to. So, the chance you'll go right back to drinking when you're off it -- or even when you're on it** -- are huge. There's a short-term psychological boost, almost a magic trick, with the drug because it takes the decision (battling brain) out of it (major caveat: sort of.) But it's a pretty brutal approach. I have a friend who's been on it for months and sings its praises, but I haven't seen her once she's off it.
**You (whoever is reading this currently) might be one of those people who, like me, was searching forums asking how many minutes until you can safely drink again. That's pretty much proof positive it doesn't work psychologically. It's a tool, really a barbaric crutch, with extremely dangerous, ER-level, side effects if you do decide to drink while it's still in your system. So be honest with yourself.
- Antabuse Information for Consumers
- Antabuse Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Antabuse (detailed)
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