advertisement
Question
Posted by: Ann | 2012/09/06

ECT and alcohol addiction

Has ECT (electro convulsive therapy been used to cure or assist alcohol addiction?

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageCyberShrink

No. Nothing cures alcoholism, though a variety of treatments can help to control it.
I am not aware of any genuine expert who recommends ECT in treating alcoholism, nor of any good research showing that it has any benefits whatever in this situation.
Where someone is ALSO severely depressed, with the depression possibly being a part of the alcohol problems, and where they have ( and this is uncommon ) failed to respond to the expert use of several modern antidepressant meds, a shrink might consider ECT, but for the depression, not for the alcoholism.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

2
Our users say:
Posted by: Ann | 2012/09/07

Thank you, most helpful

Reply to Ann
Posted by: cybershrink | 2012/09/06

No. Nothing cures alcoholism, though a variety of treatments can help to control it.
I am not aware of any genuine expert who recommends ECT in treating alcoholism, nor of any good research showing that it has any benefits whatever in this situation.
Where someone is ALSO severely depressed, with the depression possibly being a part of the alcohol problems, and where they have ( and this is uncommon ) failed to respond to the expert use of several modern antidepressant meds, a shrink might consider ECT, but for the depression, not for the alcoholism.

Reply to cybershrink

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
advertisement