Alcohol addiction can be difficult for both the person with the addiction, and for all of their loved ones. Alcohol can have serious impacts on your body and if you or someone you know has alcohol dependence, you should get treatment and cut back immediately.
This step is the hardest for everyone, and people with alcohol addiction often do not appreciate it when people to just tell them to simply ‘stop drinking’ as it is not that easy. Combating alcohol addiction means you have to think about the situation you are in and you have to try to commit to stop drinking. First of all, many people try to just cut down – it is hard to stop immediately. But for those who need extra support, they should go to their friends, families or even their local GP. There is always help out there and you always can stop drinking.
If you have a serious alcohol addiction, a common treatment plan is detoxification. Usually, for this treatment you will be in a hospital or even at an inpatient treatment centre. The treatment will typically only take approximately a week to finish. The plan focuses on helping your body break down the physical addiction that it has formed to alcohol. While this form of treatment can cause some very drastic side effects (such as shaking, confusion and hallucinations), medication can be provided to help reduce or eradicate these effects. It is also worth noting that these side effects are short-term and are completely worth it.
If you feel it may help you, it can be very useful to go to a support group. Here you will be given a platform to talk about how you’re feeling, about your past and your treatment. The environment is completely non-judgemental and the people there can answer any questions you might have, direct you to useful resources and give you the very best encouragement. Even if you think it isn’t for you, trying this method can be very useful and you may find it is one of the best things you ever do.
Medication may not be the first line of treatment for you, but sometimes a doctor may recommend you try it. Medications include craving combating drugs such as acamprosate, naltrexone which blocks the positive effects that alcohol gives you (this can also be available as vivitrol which is given to you as an injection), and finally – disulfiram which desensitizes your desire to drink and makes you sick if you have any alcohol.
As previously stated, these medications may not be immediately provided to you as other treatments can be much easier and more effective with less potential damage to your body.
If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol you must get help immediately. As mentioned before, alcohol can have devastating effects on not only your physical and mental health, but also your relationships with your friends and family, alongside your professional life.