Abuse of Alcohol Treatment
There is no cure for alcoholism. Initial therapy involves alcohol withdrawal treatment, which may require an alcohol detoxification center or admission to a hospital. After treatment for acute alcohol withdrawal, a person usually requires medications that reduce alcohol craving. Successful long-term treatment for alcoholism requires the strict avoidance of alcohol. In order to maintain abstinence from alcohol, most alcoholics benefit greatly from life-long participation in alcoholism support groups and psychological counseling.
Treatment for alcoholism may include:
- Outpatient treatment for alcohol withdrawal:
- Medications are prescribed to control alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Alcohol detoxification center:
- Careful medical management is provided for moderate to severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
- Family support for alcoholism:
- Social services
- Mental health counseling
- Alcohol support groups:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Medications that reduce craving for alcohol:
- Nutritional support:
- Alcoholics may be malnourished
- Vitamin supplements may be needed
Abuse of Alcohol Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of alcoholism.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for liver disease?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Abuse of Alcohol Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat alcoholism:
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