Alcohol abuse is when drinking habits become unhealthy or excessive. Abusing alcohol can cause problems in a person’s life, often negatively affecting their job and relationships.
If this behavior becomes continuous, it’s likely that alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol dependency. The abuser may become mentally and physically addicted to drinking. The common signs of alcohol dependency are:
If you have thought you may have an addiction to alcohol and need treatment, the first step is seeing a doctor for a diagnosis. While some seek help for this addiction, others are not aware of it or don’t want to fix it. It is not uncommon, however, for a doctor to notice an alcohol dependency even if you are there for something else.
Most doctors can help with treatment for alcoholism, but you can also turn to other health professionals such as addiction counselors and social workers.
There also support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, that you can turn to for support in recovery.
Treatment for alcoholism varies, and recovery can be a lifelong process. A doctor may recommend many things, but it usually includes a few types of counseling, group therapy, alcohol education, and sometimes medicine. If you are physically addicted to alcohol, a doctor may compel you to detox. Sometimes a doctor may place you in a rehabilitation facility or clinic. Treatment not only helps you stop drinking, but it also helps you with your day-to-day problems in life. However, recovering from an addiction is never easy and requires a great deal of commitment and honesty.
There are typically three different types of treatment programs that are available. Your doctor will help you decide which one is best for your recovery. Outpatient treatment involves going to clinics, counseling sessions, and therapy sessions regularly. Inpatient treatment involves staying in a treatment facility for a number of weeks. Residential recovery involves living in a facility while you recover, which can take several months.
Treatment for alcohol addiction often includes one or more of these types of counseling:
Treatment for alcohol dependency does not always require medicine, but there are some cases where it does. There are many different types of medicine that is used to treat various problems that can be caused by quitting alcohol. Some of these medicines help deter your cravings for alcohol. There are also medicine that will make you sick if you drink any alcohol. Other medicines help with side-effects of quitting as well as get your body back to normal after years of abuse.
While some cases of alcohol addiction do require a treatment plan, it is possible for some people to cut back on or quit drinking on their own. Keep in mind that it is much safer and quicker with a doctors help, but here are some things you can do to break your addiction or help you cut back on drinking:
Our experienced, compassionate admissions staff at Riverside Recovery of Tampa will guide you through every step of the admissions process. Many of them have gone through recovery themselves or are experienced in the mental health and substance abuse field. From your initial contact with our center, to your intake assessment, the admissions staff will bring you through our doors and on your way to recovery.