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Alcoholism Treatment Options

Alcoholism is an indisputably difficult disease from which to recover. It is challenging, but possible to reclaim your life with medical care and guidance. Motivated patients with satisfactory health and a good support system are usually destined for success. Treatment programs vary from one location to another, but customarily one year of abstinence with continual assistance from professional caregivers is the best way to restore sobriety. For these patients, accomplishment is when they are sociable without drinking, enjoy improved health and follow the advisement of the doctors.

If an alcoholic chooses to face his addiction and decides to change his/her life, there is a good chance it will happen. No one else can make the decision about when or if the time is right for another person.

Inpatient/Outpatient Treatment

The three stages of treatment consist of:
1.Detoxification under the guidance of a professional team of medical personnel. Detox/withdrawal can cause seizures, delirium tremens (known as DT’s,) and hallucinations. The seriousness of detox depends upon the patients physical condition and previous alcohol use. Admissions to a hospital for a few days because of anxiety and sleeplessness is advisable until the patient attends rehab or a treatment center. Medications will make this time period easier by reducing cravings. Antidepressants are recommended for depression, usually on a short term basis. As the patient continues the program, the depression and anxiety will subside to a manageable state.
2. Rehabilitation for outpatients consist of several weekly sessions with an experienced counselor and AA meetings. Routine physical checkups with a physician are necessary for well being. Inpatients often have mental health issues and no supportive friends or family. Treatment for an outpatient is slightly different. The outpatient will attend the same kind of meetings and therapy, on a different schedule. He will be able to drive and go to work, he has a stable environment in which to live. Either way the patient will learn the skills to manage the desire to drink. Group, personal therapy, and family counseling are always a benefit.
3. Abstinence maintenance is in the alcoholic’s hands at this stage. Attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings faithfully and being forthright with your sponsor is valuable to progress and attainment of sobriety. Fresh fish, lean meats, fruits and vegetables to attain nutrition are essential. Alcoholics generally intake a lot of calories without any nutritional value. Ingesting daily vitamins and changing routines to include healthy meals and snacks definitely aid recovery. Now is the time to consult a nutritional expert for advice.

Rules and Remedies For Outpatient Treatment

Avoid old haunts and friends who drink. Do not put yourself in a situation where alcohol is served. Join non drinking friends in other pursuits, perhaps you always wanted to learn to box, play bridge or hike and camp in the wilderness. Find the people with whom you can enjoy games or activities without alcohol. Exercise is worthwhile to release endorphins in the brain for a satisfying feeling. Just take a walk when you have a craving, or think about the ‘old’days. Get a new thought and keep moving.

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