my best friend growing up is an alcoholic and he's recently had a bad relapse (he was sober for almost 5 months). It's getting scary, and I'm worried he's going to keep getting worse. Since abuse and addiction issues are a frequent topic in here, I was wondering if there are any nootropics, drugs (prescription or not), or foreign pharmaceuticals that you guys know of that are helpful with alcohol dependency? My concern is that at this point he's caused severe trauma to his brain and combined with the guilt, shame and embarrassment---and stress!---he's really in a bad spot and if there are some drugs (ideally non-habit forming ones) that can help heal his brain, I want to figure out a way for his doctors and therapists to at least be aware of them and possibly consider prescribing them for him.
He has pretty severe depression, and he is wary of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, but I'm not sure if he's wary of them because he's mixed them with alcohol in the past. I'm of the opinion that he really needs to focus on building relationships, staying physically active, and forgiving himself, but there are a lot of other things at play here, too. Any advice or experiences members would like to share?