Alcohol Addiction Treatment
There are many types of addictive substances, some of which have devastating health risks. Help can be just a call away. If you or someone you know is in immediate need consider reaching out
Alcohol is classified as a legal depressant and a sedative-hypnotic drug. When a person consumes alcohol it depress the central nervous system, especially in high quantities. In large amounts, vomiting is quite common and if a person is unconscious at the time they could suffer from asphyxiation. Also, too much consumption can cause respiratory depression where the breathing will become slower, drowsiness can occur and even coma.
When alcohol is consumed in lower amounts it acts more like a stimulant and can increase talkativeness as well as a feeling of euphoria. When you drink alcohol, it will impact every organ in the body and is gauged by the BAC or the blood alcohol concentration.
Treatment programs include:
– Self help: Overcoming alcohol addiction without professional help takes some serious mental and physical strength, but sometimes its more suited for people who want to seek a more private way of dealing with their addiction.
– Cognitive Therapy: This is counseling that helps the recovering addict by having them talk through their issues with a professional who helps them set a plan to deal with their dependence.
– Alcoholics Anonymous: This is a known support system consisting of a group of volunteers who are former alcoholics. They are non-discriminatory and take in anyone looking for help. Their 12-step program helps guide alcoholics toward recovery.
– Drugs: There are two pharmaceutical approaches that can help an addict fight alcoholism. The first is a drug which induce vomiting and headaches when the user drinks alcohol. It acts as a deterrent to drinking through negative reinforcement. The second drug helps curb the actual cravings, which can be a very effective approach over the long term.
– Live-in Programs: Some recovering alcoholics benefit most from living away from temptation which can be achieved by moving to a residential facility. At this facility, there is professional help, group therapy and a supportive, beneficial environment. A variety of treatment methods can be used in these facilities, often tailored to the person.
The final step of alcohol treatment is to make sure the recovered alcoholic doesn’t relapse. At this point, continuing to attend AA sessions is a great way to help maintain sobriety and keep the individual accountable and focused on sobriety. With continued support and a focus of returning to normal life, long term sobriety can be achieved by anyone.
Recovery from addiction is not a one-time process. It’s a lifelong journey for the addict and their loved ones. By knowing and understanding some of the obstacles that are most commonly faced throughout the journey, the support system the recovering addict has built can assist them in living a sober, cleaner life.
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