5 Ways to Address Alcoholism
Alcoholism affects one in six people in the U.S. according to findings by the NIH. Chances are that someone in your family struggles with alcohol addiction or engages in risky drinking patterns, such as binge drinking, which could lead to alcohol related problems. Facing the reality that it is time to address alcohol abuse/alcoholism can be scary, but the truth is that it is a step-by-step process and oftentimes includes: helping the individual to understand the disease; may include an intervention; residential treatment such as detox and rehab; outpatient treatment; and ongoing recovery programs such as a traditional 12-step or therapy.
1. Understanding the Disease
Understanding that alcohol abuse/addiction is a disease is the first step in addressing the problem. While most people believe that since alcohol is legal that it is not harmful. However, there has been an overwhelming amount of scientific research conducted that supports the fact that alcoholism is a disease that results in very real consequences. The highly respected Mayo Clinic defines it as chronic and progressive and is both physical and psychological.
An intervention is sometimes necessary if the individual does not realize the effects their alcohol abuse is having on themselves and their loved ones. An intervention may be held in a formal or informal setting and most often consists of family and friends gathered together to confront the individual.
3. Residential Treatment
In many cases, in spite of their best efforts, some people find that they simply cannot stop drinking on their own and need the support of a residential treatment program which many include going to a detox facility and then a rehab program to prepare for a life without alcohol. For many, having 24/7 care and support and being able to get away from the stress in their life is what they need to be able to overcome their alcohol addiction and get well. A residential program will help them work through their reasons for alcohol abuse, as well as learn the coping skills needed to deal with issues instead of using alcohol as a means to cope.
4. Outpatient Treatment
Some people find that they cannot drop everything and leave their life for the length of stay in a residential treatment program. An outpatient treatment program makes it possible for the individual to be able to continue their day-to-day responsibilities such as going to work and taking care of their families.
5. Ongoing Recovery
Recovery is a life-long process. Many individuals find that being active in a community recovery group or participating in a holistic or behavioral therapy group can help them be successful in sobriety. With a variety of programs to choose from, there is something for everyone and the continued support is a benefit to those in recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.