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Inpatient treatment costs for individuals who received medication-assisted alcohol dependence treatment were about 40% less than inpatient costs for traditional treatment. Those who received medication-assisted treatment in a recent study used one of four medications—oral disulfiram, naltrexone, or acamprosate, and Vivitrol XR (an injectable extended release version of naltrexone). The medication-assisted treatment group had fewer inpatient detoxification days, fewer alcoholism-related emergency department visits, and fewer alcoholism-related inpatient days.

The differences were as follows:

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