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Alcoholism is a Disease, Rehab will Help You Recover

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcoholism is a disease and should be treated as such. If you feel overwhelmed, unable to stop drinking on your own then a rehab can help. You will receive the treatment you need to overcome your addiction fully, making it possible to start living a life free of alcohol and in full recovery.

Getting The Treatment You Need

When entering into a treatment facility you will go through an initial intake assessment. This will help Doctors to get a full understanding of your alcoholism. The information they receive from this will allow the Doctors to put together and individualized treatment plan that will aid you through your recovery, meeting your person treatment needs.


Detox is the first step in most treatment plans. It allows you to work through the physical dependency you have developed towards alcohol. During detoxification you will begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal that can become painful. Your Doctor will prescribe you a benzodiazepine medication at this time to relieve these symptoms of withdrawal and control any cravings for alcohol. This medication can be taken throughout your stay if needed, however it is intended to be taken during the beginning stages of treatment.

Cognitive Therapy

Many are under the misconception that alcoholism is purely physical, this is wrong. In fact the psychological addiction to alcohol is much more difficult to over come. Cognitive therapy is a treatment approach the allows you to recognize the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and routines that are associated with alcohol use. Once you are fully aware of what they are you can consciously change them to ones that will promote sober living.


Alcoholism has a great mental and emotional strain on anyone effected. Counseling sessions, both one-on-one and group, will help you to heal mentally and emotionally. You will be able to work through your addiction fully and develop the key tools needed to maintain your sobriety and begin living a more fulfilling life. You will not feel along in your addiction when going through counseling, you will have the full support of your counselor as well as others who too are in similar situations with alcoholism.

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