Alcohol dependency and abuse is responsible for over 100,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Driving under the influence is attributed to roughly 30% of all traffic fatalities. With so much on the line, it’s important to know your options when seeking ways to combat alcoholism. In this entry, we will discuss a few available treatment options.
Males – More than 4 drinks/occasion or 14 drinks per week
Females – More than 3 drinks/occasion or 7 drinks per week
In order for an alcoholic to obtain help for their addiction, they must first possess the desire to overcome it. Alcoholics with no reason or drive to combat their dependency will find little help within the confines of 90 or 30 day rehab programs. If you suspect a loved of a drinking problem, the first step is communicating your concern to the individual. This can be accomplished in a private or group setting; the latter of which is more commonly known as an intervention.
Once an alcoholic has made the decision to seek help, the next step lies in choosing the appropriate means to combat the addiction. Treatment option information can be found via recovery blogs and facility websites. Simplified, your treatment options can be broken down into two distinct categories:
Residential and Outpatient
Residential inpatient therapy is best suited for individual with severe withdrawal symptoms, lack of social support, or a psychiatric illness. These facilities provide alcoholics with the attention and support they require without the distractions of a day-to-day living environment. Treatments include medical detox, group therapy and addiction counseling.
Outpatient therapy is typically only deemed appropriate for individual with moderate/mild withdrawal symptoms. Patients are afforded the opportunity to attend outpatient programs whilst still maintaining a job and residence away from the treatment facility.
AA is yet another means for the recovering alcoholic to combat their cravings. The program works by keeping members accountable through regular meetings, sponsors and the infamous 12 steps. Members are afforded the opportunity to share their experiences in relation to recovery and drinking while gaining support in their fight to maintain sobriety. AA is often introduced during rehabilitation with continued attendance encouraged post rehab program completion.
The road towards recovery is never an easy one. Those choosing this path must be prepared to sacrifice and strive for the greater good. Though it may take some time to realize the benefits of a successful recovery, the rewards and lifestyle associated with it are well worth the effort.