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Four Methods to Treat Alcoholism

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcoholism is an overwhelming disease. If it is not treated properly you can easily fall back into the destructive cycle of alcohol use. For many it seems like a far stretch to be able to work through alcoholism and turn out a success, but it is possible. The following four methods will help you make the treatment choices and personal changes needed to treat alcoholism.

Face Your Disease

Its easy to run and hide from alcoholism. Fueling your addiction with more an more alcohol, acting as if there is not a real problem. Well today is the day you face this disease and admit you have a problem. The only way to successfully get sober is to stop making excuses for your drinking or playing it off as if it is nothing. Admitting there is a problem is the first step on the road to recovery.

Doing a 180

You need to turn your life around. Doing a 180 will take you from the destructive path of alcoholism and put your life back on track. This means you need to change your lifestyle all together. Say good bye to drinking but, even if its not forever at least for a while until your are strong enough to overcome temptation. Steer clear of old hang outs for drink, at least for the time being. Most of all you need to clean house to create an environment that promotes sobriety. Having alcohol throughout your house will only tempt you to drink again.

Seek Help

If you are serious about your sobriety the best method to beating this disease is to seek help. Medical treatment in a rehab facility will help you to work through the physical and psychological dependency you have developed for alcohol. You will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol during detoxification. The mental and emotional strain alcohol has had on you will be repaired during counseling. Therapy will help you to change the behaviors and routines associated with alcohol use to ones that promote sober living.

Find Support

Regardless to all the bad that has come from your alcoholism, your friends and family are still there for you. You can find support within your friends and family, they will be there for you when cravings strike and temptation seems like too much to ignore.

Self help groups too can give you the support you need to maintain your sobriety. People like you who are alcoholics come together and share their stories and what has worked for them in maintain their sobriety. This could be the support you need.

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