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Treatment for Alcohol Abuse Depends on the Person

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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For many years, researchers have been studying the ways to best overcome an alcohol addiction. While many treatment strategies have been proven effective, there is one thing to remember: what works for one person may not work for another.

Treatment should be Tailored to the Person

Effective treatment for alcohol abuse depends on the person. However, there are some standards of treatment that most rehab facilities follow.

If you or a loved one is seeking professional assistance for alcohol abuse, here are some of the treatment strategies that may put you on the right track to a sober future:


The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines this as follows:

“Detoxification, the process by which the body clears itself of drugs, is designed to manage the acute and potentially dangerous physiological effects of stopping drug use.”

Once your body is clean, you have a better chance of moving forward with other treatment methods that have been proven successful.

Note: detoxification also helps prevent relapse.

Individual or group counseling.

With this, you may be involved with one or more type of behavioral treatment, including: cognitive behavioral therapy, multidimensional family therapy, motivational interviewing, and motivational incentives.

Sometimes, group therapy is particularly helpful as it allows a person to understand that others are in the same position.


There are three medications that are FDA approved for treating alcohol dependence: acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone. If you are interested in using medication as a means of treating alcohol abuse, it is a must to consult with your doctor and/or a treatment center.

With so many types of alcohol abuse treatment, what works for one person may not be the strategy that works for somebody else. It is important for anybody in this position to become familiar with the options that are available to them. This often starts with checking into a residential treatment center.



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