Alcohol Abuse Therapy
Alcohol is a commonly abused drug, especially among teenagers. Alcohol could cause problems to the body taken in large quantities, too frequently or too fast. Alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in the United States. Alcohol abuse is so common that a large number of people have struggled with excessive drinking at some point in their lives. About 17 million adults ages 18 and above have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and in every 10% of children live with a parent who has a drinking problem.
Does Treatment Work?
As addictive as it may look and sound, treatment actually works. An alcoholic can become teetotal. The wonderful news is that no matter how complicated the problem may appear to be, the majority of people with an AUD can benefit from some form of treatment. Research has shown that about one-third of people who had some form of therapy for their alcohol problems had no further symptoms 1 year later. Many others significantly reduce their drinking and report fewer alcohol-related problems.
Options for Treatment
There is no “perfect-for-all” solution for treating alcoholism. What may work for one person may not be a good fit for someone else. Your goals and situation are key in determining which therapy option is right for you. Majority of people have attested that a combination therapy plan works best, and this can be gotten through a program. These programs could be inpatient or residential programs where you have to stay at a treatment center for a while or outpatient programs, where you live at home and go to the center at specific or set times for treatment. Simply understanding the different options of treatment can be an important first step.
Types of Treatment
This form of treatment focuses on changing the human drinking behavior through counseling. Here, you have to see a Counselor or Therapist. With AUD, it is not enough to just control your drinking. It is important you also learn new skills and strategies to use in everyday life. Psychologists, alcohol counselors or social workers can teach you how to change the behaviors that make you want to drink, set goals and reach them, deal with stress and other triggers, etc. A number of people just need a short, focused counseling session. Some may require one-on-one therapy for a longer duration to deal with issues like depression or anxiety.
No medicine can “cure” AUD, but some could be very useful to you on your road to recovery. These medications work by making drinking less enjoyable, thereby reducing intake. There are currently three approved medications in the United States to help people to either stop or reduce their drinking and prevent relapse. These drugs and their mode of action are:
- Disulfiram (Antabuse) makes one feel sick, or nauseated leading to vomiting after drinking.
- Acamprosate (Campral) helps to reduce cravings for alcohol.
- Naltrexone (Revia) blocks the high you get from drinking.
Talk to your doctor to see if one of those might be right for you. They may be used alone or in combination with counseling.
Group therapy can help you stay on track as life gets back to normal. This group therapy is usually led by a therapist and can give you the benefits of therapy along with the support of other members. You feel that you’re not alone and you draw strength from any give strength to others as you journey along to freedom.
Support groups are not led by therapists. Instead, this is made up of a group of people that have AUD. Notable examples of such groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), SMART recovery, and other 12-step programs. Here, you get peer support, understanding and advice to help keep you accountable.
Go to Detox
For people who have severe AUD, this is an important step. Detox will help you to stop drinking and give your body time to recover and naturally get the alcohol out of your system. This could take a few days. Most people might have to go to the hospital or treatment center because of withdrawal symptoms like tremors, hallucinations, and seizures.
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is not incurable. With the right support, you could get back to an alcohol-free life very quickly. Why not let us give you a hand?
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