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
Alcoholism 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?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat alcoholism:
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