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Treating Addiction: Alcohol Abuse Treatment Formats

Updated on June 30, 2010

Alcoholism is a complex and convoluted illness, characterized by impulsive and often incontrollable cravings for alcohol and an indulgence which persists even through powerfully negative experiences. For many alcoholics, their reliance on alcohol becomes completely chronic and it unbalances the rest of their lives as well as the lives of their family, friends, co-workers and community.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment is a set of procedures which implement a thorough and medically proven sequence of psychological, emotional, biological and pharmacological therapies which can assist the alcoholic in the trying process of attempting to maintain abstinence for a lifetime and thus minimize the serious risk of any future relapse back into the pattern of alcohol abuse, known in the vernacular as "falling off the wagon".

Alcoholism is a painful and costly disease which damages society's fabric as a whole and is directly responsible for an unacceptable percentage of traffic accidents, sexual abuse, physical abuse and even deaths. Alcohol Abuse Treatment is an indispensable and critical avenue that alcoholics must discover in order to restore balance and harmony to their lives and those of their loved ones.

The path to alcoholism begins with the very first drink. Over a period of time, the individual's free choice to no longer consume alcohol becomes compromised. Drinking alcohol becomes compulsive, mostly as a result of the effects that alcohol has on the functioning of the brain and therefore on the individual's behavior patterns.

Many alcoholics who later are forced to seek assistance from Alcohol Abuse Treatment report that they began to drink while young, and point to the peer pressures in high school and especially in college and university as being the ones which were most conducive to excessive alcohol consumption. There are various other aspects that influence individuals to drink alcohol to excess, including the pervasive imaging of alcohol in the mass media as a pleasant recreational activity which leads to diversion, leisure and the diminishing of sexual inhibitions. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is seen as a positive factor and indeed a prerequisite to being able to engage in desirable social activities.

The compulsion and drive to drink in excess can involve all aspects of the individual's lifestyle. Alcoholism often includes not only excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, but also leads into a very wide variety of dysfunctional behaviors which can impede successful and harmonic interrelationships within the domestic, occupational and greater social environment.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment is never simple or straightforward. The varied dimensions of alcoholism impact each individual alcoholic differently, thus treatment must be structured as a coherent sequence of treatment options which are currently available in the psychological, psycho pharmaceutical, social and counseling fields. For treatment to be truly effective in assisting the individual alcoholic, it must be able to customize a specific program of overall assistance which meets the requirements, personal characteristics, history and proclivities of each individual alcoholic.

Successful Alcohol Abuse Treatment must help the alcoholic to shun the excess consumption which has now become a part of his personality and psychological profile, and return to a constructive function in their domestic, occupational and community roles.

Continued In - Treating Addiction: Alcohol Abuse Treatment Formats Part 2

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