Alcohol Addiction Treatments

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Treating alcohol addiction effectively involves assessing the specific needs of the addict. Every person is unique, and every alcohol addiction is unique. Consequently, it is impossible to paint treatment with one big brush. A good treatment center and counselor will identify the specific characteristics of a person's problem and be able to design a program just for that person.

How to Treat Alcohol Addiction

In order to effectively treat any addiction, the substance has to be completely removed from the addict's life. That means if there is an alcohol addiction, the body must be detoxified as well as the spirit. When a body is dependent on alcohol it will be very difficult and even painful to detoxify. The body will go through withdrawal symptoms. While it is a process that will challenge an addict's will and strength, it is an absolutely necessary part of treating alcohol addiction.

Once the body is free of its alcohol dependency, the real work can be done. The problem with alcohol addiction is that it is not just one problem; it is several problems. Alcohol abuse begins as a way to combat a physical or emotional problem that has nothing to do with alcohol. The alcohol is used as a painkiller to fight that underlying problem. With increased use a tolerance is built up. When a tolerance is built up the body needs more and more alcohol to experience the same high. Soon the body will not be able to function in the same ways without the alcohol. The person will need it not only to get high; he/she will need it to simply get up. This is how an alcohol addiction is born.

Because the addiction was conceived from an underlying problem, stopping drinking in and of itself is not enough. The underlying problem must be confronted and treated. There can be no lasting success without the tools to deal with this problem without alcohol.

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