Alcohol Abuse – Programs for Treatment

Excess of everything is bad. True, drinking for recreational purposes is quite common, however overdoing it only makes matters worse. The worst part is that it doesn’t just affect your body it also affects your mind.

 It creates an addiction that you can’t quite get rid of unless you really make an effort for it.

Programs for treatment of alcohol abuse are designed to make the transition of consuming a lot in a day to none at all. Let’s have a look at which programs are used most commonly.

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1.     Medicinal Treatment

Many doctors prescribe medication for treating addiction to alcohol. While medicine may keep alcohol from harming your body, it does little to keep your mind sated which longs for one more drink.

It has been seen, however, that if medicine is prescribed in addition to therapy, it helps.

2.     Alcoholic Anonymous

This program is generally open for all alcoholics. If your society is organizing one and you feel the need to be a part of it then you had better not shy away. It comprises of a group of alcoholics who come together willingly to share their experiences as an addict.

 Sometimes, non-alcoholics can join these meetings as observers. It follows a twelve-step regimen that every alcoholic must follow.  After some people share their experiences the 12 steps are discussed and how everyone can implement these in their life.

3.     Support Groups

There are two main types of support groups.

1.     SMART Groups

This group uses the SMART scale to ensure that the members of the group completely abstain from consuming alcohol. Using the principles of being Specific and Measurable in their actions, they motivate members to do good things. They push them to set Achievable targets for themselves. They teach them how to be Relevant and how their actions should be Time-based.

2.     HAMS Groups

HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, Moderation and Support. This program focuses on reducing alcohol consumption rather than removing it completely. It allows patients to drink only as much as they need to get rid of adverse side effects of the addiction.

3.     Counselling Sessions

These sessions are taken by professional psychologists and are used for the treatment of alcohol addiction as well. They focus on positivity rather than looking for faults and mistakes in one’s personality.

 They help in making the alcoholics better human beings, finding their purpose in life and giving them a path to follow.

4.     Relapse Prevention

Programs designed for relapse prevention are for long term treatment. Once, an alcoholic achieves sobriety, the next step is to maintain it. It requires regular appearance in meetings even after complete stoppage of alcohol consumption and use of prescribed medicine.

The programs to treat alcoholism can only take you so far. The rest is up to you. If you have discovered any similar programs to help your friends and family return to sobriety then do share with us!

 No good deed goes wasted so long as it was carried out with pure intentions! Join hands with us and help your loved ones return to you.