Help for Alcoholism

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : JANUARY 10 , 
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For those in need, it may seem hopeless, but there is help for alcoholism. The simple truth is many people have recovered from this addiction and you can too.

The treatment of alcoholism can take many forms, but the first step is to recognize that a problem exists.

Getting to that place where the person realizes that he or she has a problem can take many forms. For some, issues with family or friends will be the cause.

For others, loss of a job or legal problems may lead them to making the decision to stop. And for some others, it will be health problems that will force them to examine their lives and make a decision.

No matter how it comes about, that first step is vital. The person must accept the fact that there is a problem. Until that happens, little can be done to assist them.

Finding Help for Alcoholism

Once a person has determined that he or she needs help, the next step is to find an appropriate plan that will work for that individual. There are many options available for the treatment of alcoholism, and most communities have several options to choose from.

Finding the plan or program that will work for you takes time and a bit of effort on your part. Most individuals who need assistance often find it useful to include family and close friends in the program selection process. You do not have to do this alone.

If you need help for alcoholism but have no clue as to where to start, you might want to begin by talking with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA). They offer a free, 24 hour referral phone number that can assist you in finding programs in your area. The numbers to call are: 1-800-662-HELP or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD) or 1-877-767-8432 (in Spanish).

Narrowing Down the Options

It may be useful for you to have a set of questions to ask when seeking a program for the treatment of alcoholism. Here are a few of the more common questions you may want to explore.

  • Will the program allow you to pay through your health insurance?
  • Is the plan or program designed and operated by trained personnel?
  • Does the program offer assistance in all areas such as physical, emotional, legal, and social aspects?
  • Do they offer long term assistance should you need it?
  • Do they have a success rate and what is it?
  • Do they offer both individual and group settings for counseling and therapy?
  • Do they have access to licensed medical professionals should medication be needed?
  • Do they offer any services for family members of the recovering addict?

Using Support Groups

When it comes to the treatment of alcoholism, support groups can be invaluable. Many of those who have completed a treatment program with success will say that participating in an aftercare support group was one of the most important aspects of their recovery.

When you need help for alcoholism, being with others who are recovering can often be the difference between success and failure.

One of the most common mistakes that those seeking treatment of alcoholism make is trying to do it alone. For those who have been drinking a long time, the physical and emotional issues that you will face during recovery should not be faced alone.

This often leads to a relapse. Being with others who are recovering and being able to communicate what you are going through is important. This is just one reason group support systems are so vital for those needing help for alcoholism.

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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



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