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Is there alcoholism treatment besides aa?

Is there alcoholism treatment besides aa?

There are many: Ways to treat alcoholism. Smart recovery, which uses rational behavioral therapy, is becoming more widely available (www.Smartrecovery.Org) as is lifering secular recovery (www.Lifering.Org). Neither of these are spiritually/religiously based. Formal treatment programs use cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), motivational enhancement and other psychotherapies. Women for sobriety is also available. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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Is there another type of alcoholism treatment besides aa?

Is there another type of alcoholism treatment besides aa?

There are many: Ways to treat alcoholism. Smart recovery, which uses rational behavioral therapy, is becoming more widely available (www.Smartrecovery.Org) as is lifering secular recovery (www.Lifering.Org). Neither of these are spiritually/religiously based. Formal treatment programs use cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), motivational enhancement and other psychotherapies. Women for sobriety is also available. ...Read more

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Is psychotherapy a realistic treatment for chronic alcoholism?

Is psychotherapy a realistic treatment for chronic alcoholism?

Treat Alcoholism: Definitely. I would recommend a cognitive-behavioral therapist (cbt) who specializes in substance abuse and is familiar with motivational interviewing. This treatment is the most research-supported. However, initial detoxification in a hospital may be necessary (to prevent life-threatening withdrawal symptoms) and the person should seek an evaluation for this as a first step. ...Read more

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Are there herbal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

No: Most substance abuse experts would state that there is no "cure" for alcoholism except abstinence. I am unaware of any herbal preparations that help on a reliable basis. There are prescription medications that are fda approved to assist with abstinence from alcohol. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get treatment for alcoholism?

Wanted to know where can I get treatment for alcoholism?

Detox or rehab?: For acute withdrawal - an emergency room would be a good option. Otherwise see an addiction specialist. Alcoholics anonymous is the bedrock of a solid program. ...Read more

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Are there medicinal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

Are there medicinal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

No: Most mental health professionals would agree that there is no cure for alcoholism. There are several medications on the market to assist with sobriety. Millions of individuals have overcome their illness by maintaining sobriety through twelve step programs like alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a condition that one cannot help other than the choice to seek treatment?

Mutual support helps: Treatment helps, and starting with mutual support may provide a strong foundation for recovery. Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) useful in the treatment of alcoholism?

Is Neurontin (gabapentin) useful in the treatment of alcoholism?

Yes: Gabapentin reduces alcohol consumption and craving, which may help patients to maintain abstinence. These results, together with the virtual absence of side effects and a favorable safety profile, support Gabapentin as a potential drug for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal and dependence. ...Read more

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How does alcoholism and tuberculosis treatment complicate each other?

See below: Alcohol and TB meds combine to increase liver risk. Drinking may reduce immunity. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more