Alcoholism refers to the chronic consumption of alcohol regardless of negative consequences. The person can not stop drinking due to their mental obsession and physical cravings, both related to their alcoholism. The person can not stop drinking even though they experience a decline in their physical and mental health, a decline in their finances, their performance at work and their personal relationships. The alcoholic is completely preoccupied with their next drink.
Due to the many medical and psychiatric issues associated with recovery from alcoholism, initial treatment should begin in an alcoholism rehab or alcoholism treatment center, specializing in the treatment of alcoholism.
The first step in the treatment of alcoholism lies in alcoholism detox. Alcohol detox is a combination of managing the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal, existing medical problems resulting from alcoholism, as well as, any existing psychiatric issues. Alcoholism detox programs have come a long way in their ability to manage the symptoms of withdrawal through the use of detox specific medications. These medications greatly reduce the chances of seizure, while reducing the patientsâ anxiety and pain. Please note that no detox is a pleasurable experience, but everyone can be made comfortable.
After the person is no longer exhibiting any symptoms associated with withdrawal, they may then be transitioned to the alcoholism rehab or alcoholism treatment level of care. Alcoholism treatment or alcoholism rehab is a combination of group and individual psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention and medication management. These services are all focused on providing the person the tools they require to achieve long term sobriety.