Treatment of Alcoholism

Treatment of Alcoholism

We know by now that we need to eat the right foods, need to work out, and do stuff that is healthy for us. Because maintaining good health does not happen by accident, it requires work and smart lifestyle choices. But sometimes when we wake up at 6 am to hit the gym before work or shunning the donuts in breakfast, it’s easy to lose sight of for what are we doing all these. So here are some top articles choices that can keep you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.

Treatment of Alcoholism

The treatment of alcoholism is difficult because there are multiple perspectives of alcoholism. The treatment approach is different for different person, e.g. those who consider alcoholism as a disease or medical condition recommend different treatment from those considering alcoholism as social evil. But whatever may be the approach of treatment of alcoholism, the main focus is on helping alcoholics to discontinue their alcohol intake, followed by life training and/or social support with groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Life training with social support helps the former alcoholics from returning to alcohol.

The treatment of alcohol involves detoxification, psychotherapy, group therapy and use of medications which help to give up alcohol. Detoxification involves abrupt stopping of alcohol intake and substitution of drugs with similar effects as that of alcohol such as benzodiazepines, which have no or insignificant addiction liability. Substitution of drugs is required for prevention of withdrawal symptoms, as drugs such as benzodiazepines do not have addiction liability, withdrawal of the drug (benzodiazepine) do not cause withdrawal symptoms. Psychotherapy is required for addressing the psychological aspect of chronic drinking.

Medications used in treatment of alcoholism are disulfiram (antabuse), calcium carbamide (temposil), naltrexone, acamprosate etc. But all of these medications have to be used in hospitals with appropriate facility for treatment of alcoholism. Use of the drugs give varied results and on rare occasions may lead to serious problems if the alcoholics are not monitored properly.

Author’s note:

In my experience, getting involves in religious activity (a Buddhist by religion and one of the five Sheela’s of Buddhism is not drinking any alcoholic beverage) is one of the most powerful motivating factor for stopping alcohol completely and permanently. I have seen a person who was chronic alcoholic (drinks to intoxicating level 7 days a week and 12 moths a year i.e. every day) for more than 30 years who stopped drinking permanently after getting involved with religion. One fine day I was told that the person drinks no more, I could not believe my ears that the person stopped drinking. If a person can give up alcohol after chronic drinking for more than 30 years in my opinion anyone can stop drinking.

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  • Avatar for Jason from RecoveryWorks
    Jason from RecoveryWorks May 27, 2013 06.38 am

    It is wise for a person to seek treatment once his habit becomes an addiction. For many, trying to control themselves may be hard thus going on rehab is their only option.

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