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Alcoholism Treatment: Hope for a New Beginning

Updated on December 19, 2012
Alcoholism: Treatment is necessary if the desire is to beat the addiction.
Alcoholism: Treatment is necessary if the desire is to beat the addiction. | Source

Alcohol Addiction Most Associated with Violence

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Alcohol and other drugs are the cause of about 50% of all the violent acts in the U.S.


When asked about violence and alcoholism, most people associate alcohol as the main cause of violence and violent crimes.


These findings are the result of a study titled "Alcohol and Interpersonal Violence: Implications for Educators," published in the Journal of Health Education. There are about 18 million Americans who struggle with the problems of alcohol and alcohol addiction.

In my years of experience working with alcoholics, I have seen the violence and reckless damage caused by the abuse and addiction to alcohol. The worst case was a young man with whom I was working. He had a young child and a beautiful wife who loved him very much. This young man had been drinking since he was about 10 years old. The "adults" in his life encouraged him to start drinking beer.

By the time this young man was married at age 21, he was a full-fledged alcoholic. Sure, he had sought many alcoholism treatments, been through alcohol rehab several times and suffered through alcohol detox at numerous alcohol rehab centers. I'm still not sure why he could never shake it. In the end, he was found dead at the wheel of his car, having run off the road and crashed. And yes, his BAC (blood alcohol content) was way over the legal limit.


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This man knew he had a "small" problem with alcohol, even tried to get help. His mistake was that he never did more than one thing at a time to treat his alcoholism.

One time he would detox and then go for a few weeks without a drink. Another time he would go to a local AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) group and do that for a while. He never seemed to understand that he needed to do more than one thing to treat his problem and that he needed continual treatment.

He also did not understand the importance of admitting the problem fully. He never learned the value of people around him who would support his recovery and encourage his ongoing alcoholism treatment.

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First Steps: Acknowledging the Problem

The biggest reason most people do not get help with their alcoholism or fail to seek treatment is that they simply don't see the problem. Sure, they may admit they drink, maybe even a bit much at times, but they are always confident that they can handle it. One of the biggest deterrents to alcoholism treatment is simple denial.

 Most people who drink heavily say they have no problem with alcoholism. Treatment may be necessary, however,  if behavior becomes intrusive or destructive.
Most people who drink heavily say they have no problem with alcoholism. Treatment may be necessary, however, if behavior becomes intrusive or destructive. | Source

In many instances, the people surrounding the alcoholic will be the first to see the problem and recognize the need for professional help.

A problem is usually apparent when a person continues to drink to the point at which the drinking causes problems with normal, everyday activities. Missing work, family gatherings, driving while drunk, breaking the law and evading responsibilities are signs of a bigger problem.

Typical symptoms of alcoholism include frequently getting intoxicated, drinking heavily especially in potentially dangerous situations such as driving, showing a drastic change in demeanor when drinking, becoming angry or violent when intoxicated or experiencing black-outs when drinking.

The World Health Organization defines the harmful use of alcohol as drinking to a point that causes physical or mental damage to the individual.

Regardless of the symptoms of alcohol addiction, alcoholics continue to drink in spite of the trouble and problems drinking may cause to them and to the people around them.

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Part of alcohol rehab may invovle ongoing attendance at seminars, local AA meetings or some type of counseling provided by alcohol rehab centers.
Part of alcohol rehab may invovle ongoing attendance at seminars, local AA meetings or some type of counseling provided by alcohol rehab centers. | Source

Alcohol Rehab is Just One Part of an Ongoing Treatment Program

Once an alcoholic admits there is a problem, the next step is alcoholism treatment. Substance abuse treatment centers that offer specific alcohol detox programs or alcohol rehab are in just about every town and burg across the nation.

Depending upon individual circumstances, there are many various types of effective treatments for alcohol addiction.

These treatments may include an intervention by family and friends, voluntary group of individual counseling or inpatient treatment in a residential alcohol rehab facility.

Specific alcoholism treatment may include any one or a combination of the following; alcohol detox, psychological counseling, various injected or oral medications, an ongoing support or accountability program, spiritual support and medical treatment for specific conditions.

Another vital part of alcoholism treatment is connecting with a group of people or community that supports ongoing healing. In my experience, the one major drawback in any type of treatment for alcoholism, or any other drug, is the people who surround the recovering alcoholic or addict.

When they return to their home community and are surrounded by the same people with whom they participated in this destructive behavior, the recovering alcoholic doesn't stand a chance. Ongoing change and healing are dependent upon a supportive community of family and friends.

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Alcohol is a legal substance and is widely available. This ease of access does not help those who are trying to defeat alcoholism. Treatment must include learning skills to cope with this problem.
Alcohol is a legal substance and is widely available. This ease of access does not help those who are trying to defeat alcoholism. Treatment must include learning skills to cope with this problem. | Source

Alcohol Rehab Centers: Finding the Best Treatment

Alcohol is a legal substance and, like any substance, it can be abused. Due to the wide availability and easy access to alcohol, it is easy for many people to use it or abuse it. Those who choose to abuse alcohol typically end up facing the prospect of some type of alcohol detox, rehab or other treatment program.

Alcoholism is a treatable disease with a large number of treatment programs and options. These treatments are designed to support those alcoholics who want to get help.

Alcohol detox is a job best left to the professionals - and there are many alcohol rehab centers in just about every town and city on the planet. There are websites that list the different treatment options and programs offered. The National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) is a good place to start.

These professionals are very aware of the potential situation and are very friendly, kind and helpful in finding the best treatment plan. The web address for the NASAIC is "addictioncareoptions.com."

You may also want to check with your doctor or local healthcare professional. These people typically have access and information that can help you in making a decision about alcoholism treatment. Be sure to consider the quality of care provided, check with former patients or get referrals from doctors.

You can also check out many of these treatment programs and organizations online. Simply enter "best alcohol treatment centers" into the search engine.

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The information in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information should not used for treatment or diagnosis of any medical conditions. As a first step, always consult your physician or healthcare professional before making any decision or assessment regarding any possible medical condition.

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    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR

      MKayo 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Laurinzo for the read, vote and insightful comment! M

    • Laurinzo Scott profile image

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Very well done ... alcoholism is an issue very close to me and my family, and has been the cause of many family fued, and often has led to death.

      Yes it is all about choice, you can only do your best to help, and then leave the rest up to God, and thank you for talking about treatment plans and help for families... alcohol affects everyone, in one way or another

      Great one Voted Up!!!!!!!

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR

      MKayo 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Teacherjoe52 - well said. I'm sorry if I left the impression that I was blaming all violence on alcoholism without understanding the underlying reasons. I know the problem is very complex. I plan to write in more detail on this topic, perhaps help people begin to understand the depth and complexities of alcoholism. Thanks for taking time to leave such a well-thought-out comment. Best to you and blessings to you as well! M

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      teacherjoe52 

      5 years ago

      Good morning MKayo.

      From my experiance alcoholism falls into three catagories 1 emotions. Almost all I have worked with are suffering from an abusive relationship (usually they were abused as children). In this instence they need councilling. 2 diatary maltrition. There are certain foods they need to avoid and certain ones they need to eat a lot of. Eating a lot of greens like spinach helps and 3 They inherit it. In this case medication is needed.

      Ultimatly though it does come down to placing it at the feet of Jesus and admitting the problem is too big for them to handle. It may sound corny but when I did that and many former alcoholics did as well they were cured. That is what happened to the man who wrote Amazing Grace.

      To blame all the violence on alcoholism without understanding the underlying reason for it is too simplistic. We need to get at the root cause.

      God bless you.

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR

      MKayo 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the read and compliment, billybuc. I can always count on you for a comment!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A very important message, one I have tried to deliver countless times on HP. Well done!

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