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Alcoholism Treatment

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcoholism is a deadly disease, if left untreated. It not only affects the alcoholic himself but those closest to him, destroying relationships and trust. If you or a loved one are suffering from alcoholism it is time to put down the bottle and turn to an Alcoholism Treatment Facility for the help needed to change your life.

Treating Alcoholism

Treating alcoholism begins with the first step of the alcoholic admitting they have a problem and asking for help. The major treatment goal of alcoholism is abstinence. For alcoholics ready to start off in their recovery it is important to have a strong social-support system, motivation and the proper treatment to succeed. On average 50 to 60% of those who enter into an alcohol treatment program will remain abstinent for a year following treatment, the majority staying sober permanently.

Those lacking the proper support system, motivation and suffering from psychiatric disorders may replaces within a few short years. For many their success is measured by longer stretches of time abstinent from alcohol, reduced consumption, better health and improvements in their social functions.


When entering into a treatment program you will first go through the detoxification process. When abruptly stopping the use of alcohol it can result in withdrawal seizures, hallucinations, delirium tremens (DT), and in some cases may result in death. This is why the detoxification process is so important, it allows you to withdraw from alcohol in a safe environment that will ensure your health and comfort.


The rehabilitation process requires various therapies and counseling sessions, along with medications. This process typically takes place within a 30 day period, however it can extend past 90 days depending on the severity of the disease. During this time you will be able to develop the key tools needed to maintain your sobriety in your daily life without fear of temptation and relapse. The rehabilitation process can take place inpatient or outpatient.

Maintenance of Sobriety

To successfully maintain your sobriety you must be self-driven. An important component in maintaining your sobriety is to have a strong support system. Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and a sponsor can offer you the support and guidance you need to hold strong in your sobriety.

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