Getting Help for Alcoholism and Addiction
By Buddy T, About.com Guide
- Detoxification And Withdrawal
- Rehab and Treatment Facilities
- Pharmaceutical Treatment
- Recovery Support Groups
- Non-Step Support Groups
Detoxification And Withdrawal
For many who try to quit drinking, it becomes a vicious cycle. When they stop drinking, the withdrawal symptoms begin and gradually increase, so they drink to stop the symptoms. That is the reason that it is wise for anyone planning to quit drinking to seek medical assistance, so their withdrawal symptoms can be reduced without alcohol.
- What Is Detoxification, or Detox?
- Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
- Withdrawal: From Mild to Severe
- What's Going Through the DTs Like?
- Don't Be Afraid of Withdrawals
- How Withdrawal Is Treated
- Should You Cut Down or Quit?
- Tips for Cutting Down
- Oxycontin Withdrawal
- Vicodin Withdrawal
Rehab and Treatment Facilities
Detoxification from chemical alcohol and drug dependence actually takes only a few days, then the battle to remain clean and sober really begins. Professional rehabilitation and treatment programs offer the alcoholic a wide range of services to help them deal with the psychological and emotional barriers to maintaining sobriety.
- Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers
- Does Treatment Work?
- Components of Effective Treatment Programs
- Finding the Right Treatment Program
- Four Stages of Rehab
- What Is It Like at Rehab?
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Addiction
- Cost-Free Treatment Programs
- Computer-Delivered Therapy Helps Addicts
- Getting Help for Drinking Problems
- Why People Drop Out of Treatment
- Canadian Rehab Centres
Unfortunately, there is no "magic pill" that will stop an alcoholic from drinking or a drug addict from using, but there are medical treatments available that can help reduce the cravings associated with addiction, or reduce the effects of alcohol and drugs in the brain. These medications are for those who have already quit and want to remain clean and sober.
- Medications for Alcoholism
- Campral (acamprosate calcium)
- Revia / Vivitrol (naltrexone)
- Antabuse (disulfiram)
- Once-a-Moth Vivitrol
- Chantix May Help Drinkers Cut Down
- Rapid Detox Is No Magic Pill
- Is There a Pill That Reduces Cravings?
- Monthly Shot for Addiction?
- New Vaccines for Addiction?
- Acomplia: Fights Addiction
- Buprenorphine Proves Promising
- Ondansetron May Reduce Craving
- Anti-Nicotine Drug Could Help Alcoholics
Recovery Support Groups
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that says participation in a support group will increase the chances of positive recovery outcomes when combined with other treatment options, including inpatient facilities, therapy or pharmaceutical treatment. Best of all, participation in these recovery programs is free of charge.
- What Is Alcoholics Anonymous?
- What Is Al-Anon Family Groups?
- What Can I Expect at a 12-Step Meeting?
- How A.A. Is Effective
- Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
- Al-Anon Meetings
- Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings
- Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
- 12 Step Recovery Resources
- Official World Service Web Sites
- How It Works in Online Meetings
- Online A.A. Meetings
- Online Al-Anon Meetings
- Alcoholism / Substance Abuse Forum
Non-Step Support Groups
Although the 12-step support groups have been around the longest and are generally more widely available, the 12-step approach does not work for everyone. In recent years, other non-step support groups and program have been developed for those who prefer a more secular approach to recovery.
Experiences of Real People
Visitors to the About.com Alcoholism site have shared their experience in dealing with alcohol and drug abuse in their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Using our Reader Response tool, visitors have shared on the following topics.
- How I Quit Drinking
- Toughest Withdrawal Symptoms
- What I Learned in Rehab
- My Last Relapse
- My Lowest Point
- Health Effects of Alcohol
- Health Effects of Drugs
- Effects of Smoking Marijuana
- Advantages of Going to Rehab?
- What Helped You Quit?
- Biggest Relapse Triggers
- Why Did You Quit Drinking?
- Alcohol-Free Recipes
- Abstinence While Breastfeeding
- Avoid Drinking During the Holidays
After you quit drinking or doing drugs, the goal is to maintain your sobriety as an on-going lifestyle. This requires more than merely not drinking or drugging. It can mean making changes in many areas of your life.
- Making Healthy Relationships
- Developing a Drug-Free Lifestyle
- Dealing With the Past
- Managing Anger
- Exercise and Nutrition
- Employment and Money Management
- Avoid Substituting Addictions
- Avoiding Stress in Early Sobriety
- Recognize the Relapse Process
- Relapse and Craving
- Relapse Triggers
- Relapse Prevention
- Dealing With a Relapse
- Spouse's Attitude Can Affect Relapse
Support For Families
Alcoholism is considered a family disease, because every member of the family can be affected by the alcoholic or addict, often in ways they do not even realize. As the alcoholic's disease progresses, the dysfunctional thinking of the family progresses too, usually so slowly nobody notices until the situation explodes into a crisis.
- Why Do I Need Help? He's the Alcoholic!
- How Can I Get Him to Stop?
- Ten Things to Stop Doing
- How Long Does an Addiction Last?
- What Makes Someone Quit Drinking?
- Enabling - When 'Helping' Doesn't Really Help
- Denial - A Symptom of Alcoholism?
- Detachment - Letting Go of Someone Else's Problem
- Games Alcoholic Families Play
- 40 Issues for Alcoholic Families
- Are You Troubled by Someone's Drinking?
- Did You Grow Up with a Problem Drinker?
- Characteristics of Adult Children
- More Traits of Adult Children
- Adult Children of Alcoholics Quiz
- Tips for Parents
- Family Member in Rehab?
- A Look Inside One Alcoholic Family
- Children in Alcoholic Homes
Stories From Families
Alcohol and drug abuse does not just affect the user, but everyone around them. Visitors to the About.com Alcoholism site who have been affected by the substance abuse of others share their personal experiences on the following topics.
- Trying to Get Him to Stop
- Tried an Intervention
- Growing Up With an Alcoholic
- Playing a Role in an Alcoholic's Life