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Treatment for Alcoholism

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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The goal when treating alcoholism is abstinence. Those receiving treatment with good health, social support, and motivation, are likely to successfully recovery from this destructive disease.  Studies show that 50% to 60% of those who complete treatment from alcoholism are able to stay sober, most for their life time. Those who tend to relapse often have poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders. To find success in your recovery it is important to keep a strong support system, stay motivated, and practice abstinence maintenance. When you stop drinking you will find yourself happier, healthy and with improved social function.

Accepting the Problem

Before beginning treatment you must accept that you have a problem and stop drinking. You must understand alcoholism is a treatable disease, and you must be motivated to get well. Your treatment can then begin, helping you to regain control of your life and once and for all stop this destructive disease.

Three Stages to Treatment

Treatment for alcoholism has three stages; detoxification, rehabilitation and maintenance of sobriety. Each stage will have its bumps but with support and motivation you can achieve your goal of sobriety.


Detoxification is the initial stage of treatment from alcoholism. It will begin immediately after you stop drinking alcohol, and could be looked at as a medical emergency depending on the severity of your withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, hallucinations, delirium tremors (DT), and in some cases may result in death. The detoxification process allows you to withdrawal from these drugs in a controlled and medically supportive environment.


The rehabilitation process will involve numerous counseling and therapy sessions, as well as medications, to help you work through the mental and emotional aspects of your addiction. This may take place in an inpatient or outpatient program.

Maintenance of Sobriety

To maintain your sobriety you must be motivated. Self help groups such as AA Meetings will help you to work on maintaining your sobriety in a healthy way, they are a key in success in recovery.

With the right mindset, motivation, treatment and support you can successfully overcome alcoholism.

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