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Alcohol Abuse Treatment
Alcohol abuse treatment is based on several factors. The treatment options for alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol dependence may vary. Keep reading for more on emergency treatment for alcohol poisoning and withdrawal, and alcohol abuse treatment options.
Although alcohol abuse treatment is sometimes avoided out of guilt, fear of legal consequences, or embarrassment, it is always very important, and can even be life-saving, depending on the circumstances. This article covers both emergency treatment and long-term alcohol abuse treatment.
There are three main situations in which emergency alcohol abuse treatment is needed. The first is too much alcoholic beverage, whether from binge drinking, or just exceeding the body’s capacity to metabolize the alcohol ingested. The second is poisoning from methanol (also called methyl alcohol), or wood alcohol, or from ethylene glycol, mainly known as an ingredient of antifreeze. The third is withdrawal from alcohol, which has its own set of dangers.
Emergency Alcohol Abuse Treatment for Alcohol (Ethanol) Poisoning
Emergency Alcohol Abuse Treatment of Methanol or Ethylene Glycol Poisoning
Treatment Options for Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
Treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence is a long-term proposition, and may involve several stages and several types of treatment. Initially, there is likely to be a screening stage. Subsequent treatment may include medication, counseling, education, and support groups. Family therapy, counseling, or support groups are often helpful, since an entire family is affected by one member’s abuse.
Long-term treatment for alcohol may be initiated by a screening, which is meant to identify the patient’s state of mind, understanding of his or her problem, and openness to change. Part of the purpose of screening is to distinguish alcohol abuse from alcohol dependency as they can be separate issues (i.e., someone can abuse alcohol without being dependent). Some of the screening instruments include:
As patients recover from alcoholism they are sometimes assisted with medications that suppress the enjoyable effects of alcohol.
Medication can assist will power in making it possible to stay sober. Different medications have different effects, but all are meant to help patients adhere to the recovery plan. They are meant to be used in conjunction with counseling, and no plan should be based on medication alone.
Other medical treatment may be indicated if other substances were being abused or if the abuse of alcohol caused any other physical problems.
The counseling setting may be the one in which education about alcohol also takes place. Different types of counseling are available, and it is important to choose a treatment program that meshes well with the client’s personality and issues. Teens who have been involved in DUI/DWI or have other legal issues related to their use of alcohol, may have other, court-ordered components to their treatment program as well.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a twelve step recovery group in which alcohol abusers receive guidance and support from alcoholics who have succeeded in stopping their use of alcohol. Al-Anon, which has a 12-step recovery program based on Alcoholics Anonymous, is family-focused and has a specially designed teen support group called Alateen. These groups provide support in a setting in which anonymity is respected. There are other groups as well.
Finding a Treatment Center
The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) is a resource both for educational information about alcohol, as well as information about treatment programs on their links page. www.ncadd.org/links/index.html
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