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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Many people find it difficult to admit that they are addicted to alcohol. Once you realize and admit that you are addicted, you can take the steps necessary to receive the proper treatment.
Every year, thousands of people across the nation seek alcohol addiction treatment.

If you are a heavy drinker but not dependent on alcohol, you may be able to cut back or quit without any medical assistance. However, most people find it easiest to make progress when they receive professional help.

The first step is to speak with your primary care physician. Your doctor can discuss this issue with you while pointing you towards a treatment center in your area with a solid reputation.

How does Treatment Begin?

For some, meeting with a doctor is the only thing they need to beat an addiction to alcohol. For others, going to a self help group – such as Alcoholics Anonymous – is a good option.

In many cases, it is in the patient’s best interest to be admitted to an alcohol treatment facility. This is particularly important if detox is necessary.

For those who are physically addicted to alcohol, detox is a necessary step. Unfortunately, this typically leads to multiple symptoms including: headache, vomiting, sweating, shaking, nausea, and anxiety among others.

While detox is good for you from a physical standpoint, it has nothing to do with the social and behavioral changes that you must make to stay sober into the future.

Can I go through the detox process at home? This depends largely on how addicted you are to alcohol. In short, if you are facing severe withdrawal symptoms it is important to seek the help of an experienced alcohol rehab facility or hospital.

In most cases, alcohol addiction treatment focuses strongly on both the mind and body. Detox can help ready the mind to beat alcoholism once and for all.

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