If you began the new year with a resolution to stop or reduce a drinking habit, you may be finding that temptation is overcoming good intentions. For motivated people, there is help that may reduce the craving for alcohol.
The BioBehavioral Program at the University at Buffalo is offering free treatment as part of a clinical trial to assess the possibility of administering a medication in once-a-month injections.
The medication to reduce alcohol craving has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration but is currently available only in a tablet form that must be taken daily.
Special motivation therapy will supplement the medication. The clinical trial is aimed at people ages 18-65 who are weekend heavy drinkers, who drink excessively during holidays or are social binge drinkers. Other drinkers are also welcome.
For more information, call K. King, registered nurse and study coordinator, at 898-4312.