What Alcoholism Treatment Options are Available?

There are a wide range of different alcoholism treatment options designed to help alcoholics. The first step, obviously is for alcoholic to admit that they actually have a problem and to get them to attend any treatment programs.

One program that is a good start for alcoholics is to attend Alcoholics Anonymous. This program gives you a chance to see others who are dealing with similar issues gives you the opportunity to talk to other people that understand where you’re coming from. Attending these meetings regularly has helped a lot of people to stay sober, but it requires a lot of courage, determination as well as support.

Another treatment option available to alcoholics is detoxification. This is where the body gets a chance to rid itself of any alcohol that is in the system while carefully managing any withdrawal symptoms as safely as possible. This method is sometimes used as a first step to treating alcoholism as part of a larger overall treatment program.

Alcoholics can get prescription medications from their doctors, which may be able to help them to stop drinking. Antabuse is a drug that discourages alcoholics by causing bad side effects of drinking. As soon as an alcoholic starts to drink again, they will suffer from some pretty grim side effects and that may well stop them from wanting to drink again. It works extremely well because it is such a powerful deterrent.

Last, but certainly not least is counseling. Counseling can help to teach alcoholics about the things that may trigger them to drink. This information can help them to find different ways to deal with difficult situations rather than turning to drinking.

11 thoughts on “What Alcoholism Treatment Options are Available?”

  1. I have been drinking for 25 years+ and can’t remember last time I was sober for more then a day, My wife never used to drink we would have problems cause every nite I would drink,sometime I would over do it. now my wife started drinking and one or two a day and at first it was great we would have fun together, but, now I feel, this is how it started with me, and I need to do something about it. so I have stopped drinking, sober for three days and it is hard, cause my wife still has her drink, what do I do? Its my fault cause I never listened to her, so she would always say if I can’t Beat you then i’ll join you.

  2. Hi Kate, and Pat,

    Please let me know if you found any help. I think I need help, too, but do not know where to turn. I’m afraid of the stigma that may come with admitting that I’m an alcoholic.

    • This is pretty belated, but hey man I just had to make the admission. I told my brother and sisters, a a few close industry friends. Turns out the work friends both had hit rehab! The brother and sisters were very supportive.

      Telling others makes it real and you will be surprised at how supportive they can be.

      I’m in detox this weekend, it’s scary but because I told others and made it real it’s not nearly as scary as when I was crying on the phone with the detox intake person.

      Don’t beat yourself up I know it’s real embarrassing but you’ll be surprised how supportive people are for you looking for help.

  3. I am a 28yr old marriage woman who has been struggling with my husband drinking for 10yrs. I’m constantly feel regret betrayal and hopless due to his actions and reacurring deceit. I can invision myself leaving if he doesn’t seek help.

  4. At age 52, I began drinking alcoholicly for 5 years but I “drove my bus” my whole life. In AA I’ve learned to accept a power inside me great enough to hand the wheel over to. Today, I’m 59 and know a life I’d never imagined… I am not religious.

  5. am stragguling with getting off drink but finding it hard i have some health issues with my partner i have tried councelling but its not help am fastrated and its making me more desparate i need help,how can i do it

    • You have to admit your problem and call your regions alcohol and drug referral line.

      Admitting it isn’t some AA thing it makes it real and makes it easier to get to treatment because if you keep it inside you can just bail and keep drinking.

      Close friends and family is enough

  6. I am sooo sick. I’m trying to stop, but I shake and am so violently ill!! I’m tired of this vicious cycle. 😳🔫


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