Addiction is a form of dependence that can severely restrict daily life. Physical (biological and genetic), psychological and social factors play a key role in its development and maintenance.
Due to a disorder in the brain’s reward system, addictive substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, specific tranquilizers, sleeping pills or illegal drugs trigger the release of messenger substances, producing a feeling of short-term well-being and euphoria. Habituation sets in with repeat consumption, resulting in physical and psychological addiction (substance-related disorder) and, eventually, loss of control. Addiction tends to go hand in hand with destructive behavior that affects the patient as much as his social environment. Therefore, the codependency of family members and partners should be taken just as seriously.
The consequences of alcohol addiction is one of the top three topics in global health policies. Its harmful consumption is the third biggest cause of secondary diseases and premature death. (Source)
Medicinal support in tandem with primary alcohol withdrawal therapy not only reduces the craving for alcohol and the chance of a relapse, it also greatly assists the patient and his social environment by noticeably improving the quality of life for both.