For heavy drinkers, treatment options are not limited to Alcoholics Anonymous and other counseling. In addition to behavioral health intervention, a pill can be prescribed for individuals who drink more than they should. Naltrexone "blunts the effects of alcohol," according to George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. When used in combination with counseling, naltrexone can help patients decrease their alcohol intake. After using this prescription, one man interviewed by NPR commented, "I actually didn't feel the alcohol's effects." Although he has not eliminated his consumption of alcohol, he has been able to cut back his drinking to prevent getting "inebriated or sloppy."

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