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Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Alcohol abuse treatment
The optimal goal of treatment for alcoholism is the cessation of intake of alcohol coupled with abstinence. When alcoholics with otherwise have good health, social support, and positive motivation, the likelihood of recovery is very good. Those alcoholics with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders usually tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is usually measured by longer periods of abstinence, deceased use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning.

Counseling
Behavioral therapy programs are designed to help alcoholics avoid relapses. Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) involves role-playing and rehearsals of high-risk situations or varying intensity that may occur after treatment

Detoxification
Detox is type of treatment for alcohol abuse that involves an abrupt cessation of alcohol consumption. People may experience various withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms should be monitored by professionals

Medications
Medications that are intended to create aversion behaviors to be demonstrated by the alcoholic range from those that reduce cravings to those that cause physical reactions like vomiting when smelling or tasting alcoholic beverages

Rehabilitation programs
Rehabilitation programs (inpatient, outpatient, residential) that treat alcohol abuse range from short-term to long-term care. Sometime recovering alcoholics stay at these facilities from 28 days to up to two years

Self-help programs
Maintaining alcohol recovery includes identifying triggers to drinking, learning more adaptive coping skills, and being able to make better decisions when dealing with various life's challenges. Small changes can make a big difference in diminishing and reducing your chances of having alcohol-related or potentiated problems. Below are some of the steps activities an individual can use to help them decrease if not eliminate abusive behaviors surrounding alcohol in their life. They include:

  • avoid "triggers"
  • count and measure
  • include food
  • keeping track
  • know your "no"
  • pace and space
  • plan to handle urges
  • set goals

Support groups
Support groups are helpful to alcoholic individuals and their family. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or similar support groups are for people with alcohol abuse or dependence. Two organizations, Al-Anon or Ala-teen (for teenagers) are for families and friends affected by someone's drinking. Support groups are extremely helpful with individuals who feel that their success would be increased if they were surrounded by people who shared the same challenge they had with alcohol and making proper decisions regarding personal alcohol consumption and management..

People who abuse alcohol often have a difficult time of giving up this habit. Again, depending on your health status, the doctor may advise the alcoholic to drink less or abstain. As people attempt to break the cycle of alcoholism, people try various types of treatment for alcohol abuse. Successful treatment courses usually will combine two or more types of treatment. Optimal treatment courses include developing new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and pressure to drink socially. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently will result in the person relapsing back to the alcoholic stage.

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