Addiction to alcohol has become a rather common problem in the U.S. With changing times and a significant increase in depression and anxiety related problems many people have begun alcohol abuse.
They never realize it until it turns into an addiction.
When they do realize that, it is imperative that they seek immediate treatment to get rid of it. The later you take the first step, the harder it will be for you to get away from it.
Let’s have a look at three of the most effective programs to control alcohol addiction.
1. In-Patient Treatment
This program is generally prescribed in the immediate aftermath of dropping alcohol. At this time, patients are generally suffering from violent shaking, jitters, hallucinations, confusion and convulsions.
At such a time it becomes necessary that patients are kept well away from other people and in a space which is conducive for their treatment and growth. This is basically called detoxification since during this time the patient is not allowed even a drop of alcohol until his body is able live without it and all the adverse reactions of not having alcohol regularly have sub-sided.
2. Counselling Sessions
These sessions are secondary to detoxification.
Once the physical effects of dropping alcohol use disappear, the only thing that is left is control over the patient’s cravings for drinking. These cravings can be controlled through therapy. The treating doctor may take individual counselling sessions with the patient or he may prescribe group therapy to him.
Many support groups can help people find their way back to sobriety. One very popular group is based on twelve steps that alcoholics follow in their ascension, not only towards obtaining sobriety but also attaining spirituality. It provides them with a positive outlook in life and helps them take better decisions for themselves and their families.
Many support groups allow alcoholics to share their experiences so they can reflect on their own life and find a way to move on. Others who are listening may have been in similar situations and someone else’s experience would allow them a third person’s view on their own actions.
They would be able to see their faults and rectify them to the best of their ability.
3. Letting Go of Your Old Habits
Doctors also prescribe behavioural changes for coping with alcoholism. After patients leave treatment, doctors caution them from re-visiting the bars that they used to.
They also suggest avoiding friends who may have a tendency to offer drinks or trips to the bar. Changing these habits can affect a change in behaviour through which an individual can easily accomplish sobriety.
Alcoholism is a curse that just doesn’t eat you up personally and financially but it will also affect your family. If you want to get out of this habit and stay away from it, then work with us to create an environment for the survival of our loved ones.