Treatment for Alcoholism comes in many different forms. There are the counselling groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous that can be found in most towns and cities across the world. There is chemical treatment with prescription drugs that have been helpful in some cases. These drugs can come in tablet form or a longer lasting injection. The chemical options are only usually available to alcoholics who are able to convince the professionals that they are committed to curbing their drinking habits and that they are working towards complete abstinence.
However, the treatments of either counselling or prescription drugs can only be effective if the alcoholic can admit to having a problem in the first place. That is usually the major stumbling block for drink dependent people and their families.
Research has shown that an alcoholic will usually have begun to have problems with binge drinking before the age of nineteen. Another startling statistic is that one in every eleven people is affected by alcohol at some time in their life. They will either know someone who is alcohol dependent, be related to someone who is alcohol dependent or even have a problem themselves.
The usual stereotype of the alcoholic is the homeless, down and out. However, there are an increasing number of ‘white collar’ alcoholics that work in a professional capacity who will try to cover up their excessive drinking by consuming alcohol, such as vodka, that doesn’t smell on their breath. These types will be convinced that they could stop drinking whenever they feel like it and only have a couple of drinks to make them more able to deal with the stress of their job.
If you suspect that a family member has a problem with alcohol dependence you should seek advice from your doctor, who will be able to guide you in the right direction to enable you to help. Helping someone to accept treatment for alcoholism is sometimes an uphill struggle because not all sufferers can admit that they have a problem.
Treatment for alcoholism could be as an inpatient at one of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics. They would be able to provide the constant counseling and supervision that will be required to enable an alcoholic to begin his recovery. This is a very expensive form of treatment but can be very effective as the sufferer is constantly monitored and alcohol is not available for their entire stay in the clinic.
Whatever treatment for alcoholism is finally decided upon, the alcoholic and his family will always need to be constantly aware of situations that could potentially lead to a set back in the sufferers resolve to stay sober. Some social events will have to be avoided until the alcoholic feels that he is sufficiently in control to be able to withstand the temptation to drink alcohol. Alcoholism is a disease that cannot be cured, it can however, be managed so that the alcoholic can lead a normal and productive life.