Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited:  October 23 ,

2020 | 4 Sources

Today, alcohol abuse treatment centers and organizations are located in virtually every area of the U.S. While there are certainly different treatments of alcoholism being used today, all have one thing in common: helping people recover from their disease.

One thing that most people learn early on when they attend an alcohol abuse treatment session is that this is a disease. While there is no medical cure currently available for this disease, it can be treated.

For some people, the road to recovery can be accomplished with relatively minor changes in their lifestyle. For others, however, a more aggressive approach may be call for. This might include medical intervention with certain medications, in-house rehab, and group therapy.

The level of intervention needed to reach a successful outcome will vary from person to person. While there are different treatments of alcoholism available, they all concentrate on helping the person to cope with the disease in a productive way.

The First Step and a Warning

Before any alcohol abuse treatment therapy can work, the person must first acknowledge that he or she has a problem. Often, this is the most frustrating part of the process. Many people who have a dependency problem will go to great lengths to deny that they have a problem.

Denial is almost always seen in those who have a problem, but until the person is ready to accept help, little can be done to actually help them.

Of the many different treatments of alcoholism available, most agree that once a person begins to accept help, he or she will most likely have at least one relapse. Family and friends of those recovering should understand that while this is frustrating, it is also a normal and common part of the process. It should also be noted that a relapse does not indicate ultimate failure.

Often family and friends who experience a recovering addict's relapse will feel as if they have failed the person or that the person is not trying hard enough. None of this is usually true.


Withdrawal Issues

It is important for all those concerned to also understand that once an alcohol abuse treatment is started the person will most likely experience some withdrawal symptoms. This is a part of the process and it cannot be avoided.

Much literature has been written on the various symptoms that one might experience, and the level of discomfort will vary according to how long the person has been drinking. In general, the longer a person has been drinking the more profound the symptoms will be. For some, these symptoms may be severe and require medical attention and intervention.

This is one reason that those who are coming off alcohol need medial exams. Long-time heavy drinkers may experience symptoms that are actually life threatening, and must be placed under medical supervision during this phase of their recovery.

Detox Issues

Again, while there are many different treatments of alcoholism, most agree that some form of detoxification occur. Under controlled situations, this usually takes between 3 and 7 days. After this period of time, the cravings are usually more physiological than physical.

The vast majority of alcohol abuse treatment facilities understand this and they are prepared to help the person learn coping skills to get them through the mental phase of withdrawal as well as the physical.

Getting Help

One approach to getting help is to examine the different treatments of alcoholism and to then choose the one that best suits the person's needs and situation. Today, there are more options than ever before and one is sure to fit each circumstance.

Deciding to get help is an important first step. It’s probably best to seek professional guidance in choosing the appropriate level of treatment that is needed.

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Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LPC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More