Alcoholism And Alcohol Addiction Treatment

The social acceptability of alcohol use can often mask the fact that some people can develop a serious and dangerous dependence on alcohol. Though all people know about alcoholism and may have some image of the alcoholic in mind, it is quite a different and more difficult thing to recognize when they or someone they love is actually addicted to alcohol. Once this difficult stage of denial is faced and overcome, recovery can begin. Most people choose to enroll in alcohol addiction treatment to safely and effectively recover from alcoholism.

Alcoholism Treatment

The first stage in alcoholism treatment is alcohol detox. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism lead to a physical dependence on alcohol. The more you drink, the more you need for the same effect. Alcohol detox lasts roughly 1 to 5 days and withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe depending on how much the individual is accustomed to drinking. They include:
  • Agitation, insomnia, irritability
  • Headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Hand tremors
  • Increased blood pressure, low grade fever, rapid pulse, heart palpitations
  • In severe cases, seizures, hallucinations and delusions
Alcohol detox should be performed in a treatment facility under the supervision of qualified professionals because sever alcohol withdrawal can actually be fatal in some cases. In addition a doctor can prescribe medication that can reduce the severity of the symptoms and make the detoxification process more pleasant.

Alcohol Addiction Detox

Following detox, the mental aspect of alcohol addiction must be addressed. Doctors at the center can prescribe an individualized treatment program which addresses the issues of the alcoholic and helps them address them in a manner which digs out the root causes of the alcoholic behavior. This can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending upon the individual.