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How can I be treated for alcohol addiction?

Legal issues that arise from alcohol abuse can alter your life drastically. That’s why people in Columbus recently charged with an OVI should consider whether they need help for alcohol abuse. Not only can alcoholism result in legal woes, it can also harm relationships with friends and family and cause severe health issues. WebMD explains your treatment options if you suspect you have an alcohol abuse problem.

Cognitive therapy

People suffering from mental or emotional issues often self-medicate with alcohol and other substances. Receiving treatment for these underlying issues is key, otherwise the person will simply fall back into the same patterns of abuse. A therapist or counselor can assist you in treating mental disorders by providing coping mechanisms, setting goals, and helping to change behaviors. For severe addictions, therapy may need to be provided in an in-patient rehab center, which can also offer a medically-assisted detox.

Medication

Certain medications can actually curb cravings related to alcohol. These are often prescribed at the outset of a treatment plan to allow the person to overcome the initial hurdle of quitting. Certain medications, such as Antabuse, will actually make you feel ill if you drink while taking them. Others, such as Revia, block the euphoric feeling that accompanies being inebriated. Medications must be prescribed by your doctor and your health should be monitored closely while you’re taking them.

Support groups

You can also join a support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Being surrounded by other people who also share similar problems can be cathartic. It can also offer you strategies for dealing with common triggers, which can exacerbate your desire to drink. A strong social network is hugely important when quitting alcohol, and support groups can provide just that.

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