Is There A Cure for Alcoholism?
If you or a loved one have struggled with alcoholism, there have probably been moments that you thought, “if they (I) would just stop drinking then the problem would end” – however, it is not that simple. Alcoholism is not as simple to fix as wishing someone could stop drinking and unfortunately it is something that affects everyone involved in the alcoholic’s life. Anyone who has ever gone through alcohol detox treatment and rehab will tell you that getting sober is hard work! However, they will also tell you that staying sober and being successful in recovery takes even harder work. There will be frustrating times ahead when you will likely want to give in and have just one drink to clear your thoughts. Resisting the urge to drink will take commitment, dedication and sheer willpower and courage… but you can do it.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a disease that is defined by the American Medical Association as a chronic, progressive and sometimes fatal disease that is influenced by genetic, environmental and psycho-social factors. The AMA further explains that alcoholics have limited control over their drinking and that the individual is preoccupied with the thought of alcohol and the next drink. Additionally, the alcoholic will continue use even when they are on the verge of losing everything. The progression from having the first drink to a few more drinks to dependency are linked to changes in brain behavior that are connected to reward, motivation, learning, memory and behavior control. Another consideration is that research into alcoholism and genetic predisposition tells us that nearly half of the number of people struggling with alcoholism inherited it through genetics.
Can Alcoholism be Cured?
The straightforward answer is that there is no cure for alcoholism – there is no magic pill you can take that will prevent you from ever drinking again and remove any genetic influence you may have toward alcohol. However there is treatment available for alcohol abuse and alcoholism that can help you live a fulfilling life that does not include drinking… it just takes determination and willpower.
Alcohol Detox Treatment
There are different types of alcohol detox treatments available. Finding the one that is right for you is the first step. Some require you to check-in to a facility to detox, while other function as an outpatient treatment. An alcohol rehab can help you prepare for life after alcohol and most programs last from 28 days to 6 weeks and longer. Persons seeking alcohol treatment are unique and different from one another with varied personalities and concerns. It is important that the alcohol treatment you choose is not a “one size fits all” facility but that the treatment plan is customized to fit the individual – you! While research to develop a cure for alcoholism continues, there is much that you can do to have long-term success in recovery such as participating in a community support group like AA which has been helping people stay sober since 1935. If a 12-Step program is not right for you, then consider behavioral therapy or a holistic support group instead. If you are ready to put the bottle down and get help for alcoholism, Gallus Detox Center can help you. Please call us today for a confidential consultation at 855-338-6929.