When a person realizes the problem of alcoholism in them is the most important path to the success of alcoholism recovery. Generally under the supervision of trained professionals, alcoholism is treated. When an individual moves from dependency of alcohol to a healthier and happy life without the urge to consume alcohol this is called as alcoholism recovery.
The treatments can be broadly classified in two ways, namely, conventional and drug treatments.
Conventional treatment starts with detoxification or the withdrawal of alcohol with the help of a physician. The person is treated with carefully measured medication. It may be done on outpatient basis, or be hospital based or be done in a rehabilitation center depending on the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Once the patient is sober and the alcohol level in the blood is reduced, the treatment then aims to help people develop skills of no drinking and to modify their negative lifestyles. These could be day treatment programs, short term, or long-term residential programs. The skills that are imparted in these programs include education on alcoholism and recovery, identifying and managing the craving to drink alcohol and its relapse and learning to deal with emotions such as anger and depression without consumption of alcohol. These kinds of changing lifestyle patterns and improved health care habits and behavior lead to a happier and more productive life. Various therapies like group interactions, family or couple therapy, behavioral therapy and the like are given to the patients in order to identify and overcome the problems that lead them to alcohol. All this helps the person to change in positive directions and develop a clean and sober lifestyle.