An alcoholic is a person who suffers from a condition known as alcoholism. Alcoholism is a condition in which a person has the uncontrollable desire to consume alcohol even though it has a negative impact on their lives. An alcoholic person does not know when to stop drinking, spend a lot of time drinking and thinking about alcohol and cannot lead a healthy life without drinking alcohol.
Alcoholism is a very serious problem, and millions of people around the globe suffer from this condition. Alcoholism brings with it many negative impacts on society and human life as a whole. Severe health problems arise as a result of excessive drinking. Some of the major ones include Liver diseases, Pancreatitis, Memory loss, Brain disorders, Heart problems, Diabetes, Alcohol dependency etc. As is seen above alcohol abuse has lots of serious negative impacts, and there is an immediate need to help alcoholics recover from this dangerous condition. There are many treatment options both short term and long term available today which can help alcoholics to recover and get them back to living and leading a healthy lifestyle. Some common treatment methods which can help alcoholics are as follows:
- Alcohol Detoxification.
Detoxification is the first step which should be taken to help a person with alcoholism. This is often regarded as the hardest process for the alcoholic person. In this step, the person must not touch alcohol in any way and must quit drinking. In the first few days of this process, the person may exhibit and experience very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms which include nausea, vomiting, tremors in the body, constant shivering etc. As this is a very sensitive stage, the detoxification process should be done only under professional supervision.
After the Alcohol detoxification has been done and is successful, the next step would be to undergo Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is carried out in a structured facility, administered by treatment specialists. The treatment duration varies from 30 to 90 days, depending on the severity of the condition. During the treatment, the patient learns how to cope without alcohol, skills on how to abstain from drinking after coming out of the facility, preventive measures which can be taken and a host of other skills which may be unique to each individual.
- Alcohol Counseling
Alcohol counselling is just as important as the other treatment methods. After rehabilitation, it is very important for an individual to keep communicating and receiving guidance from a counsellor through the recovery process. Counselling helps the individual to open up to the counsellor and share all his weakness and strengths, the counsellor with the experience and expertise can help the individual to battle his weakness, devise strategies to overcome triggers and other personal problems. Through this process, the individual can get to learn more about himself and his condition and improve himself.
After Successful rehabilitation, the individual will slowly have to adjust to this new lifestyle. It is important to take everything slowly once the treatment commences. Whether you or a loved one is a recovering alcoholic one should see to it that there is always a good support base. In case if there arises a need for support, attending support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and local support groups which offer encouragement and engagement with others in recovery will help in the recovery process and positively impact each other’s lives.